Why Does Massage School Cost So Much

Massage School Cost

Why Does Massage School Cost So Much?

It’s no secret that massage school is an expensive undertaking. As is the case with any higher education path, the decision to become a massage therapist comes with a tuition price tag that ranges anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

And while many students are willing to pay the price for a chance at the career of their dreams, many still wonder why it is that it costs so much to get that one- or two-year degree.

 Where Does the Money Go?

Most massage school costs come from the high rates of tuition. Whether the school charges per credit, per semester, or as an entire diploma package, tuition costs are where most students get hit the hardest.

Tuition covers quite a few things. This is where massage schools get the money to pay the salaries of the faculty members as well as the administrative professionals who keep things running smoothly. It also covers the facility where the school is located and most of the services you rely on every day (classrooms, massage equipment, computer access, and even electricity).

Massage schools also have to pay things like taxes and insurance, accreditation fees, and even licensing fees for teaching certain classes. The best schools will also pay their teachers to continue their own education, since the more they know, the more they can pass along to their students.

Additional costs (things like school fees and textbooks) can also impact the total amount you pay for massage school. Textbooks are notoriously expensive in all types of educational settings (the average college textbooks are $100 each). If you can, try to buy the books used and sell them once you are done with the class.

For-Profit Massage Schools

As you can imagine, running an educational facility can be an expensive undertaking. However, it can also be quite profitable—which is something you should look out for when choosing a massage educator. While it’s okay for a school to make a profit, they shouldn’t be making one at the cost of your quality of education and future debt.

Privately run, for-profit massage schools are the most common type of massage school out there, and they tend to leave plenty of room in their budgets to make money. If you’re concerned that your school might be more interested in their own bottom line than your future, take a closer look at the owner of the company.

Does he or she live in the area and participate with the hands-on learning? Is it a large corporation with dozens of school facilities all over the country? Is the owner an ex-massage therapist or a businessperson with no background in the field?

Decide for yourself which qualities matter most in your massage school. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a business-oriented educational provider as long as you are aware of where your money is going and you’re happy with the training you receive.