Programs Offered

Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology / Teacher Training

Recent Reviews

Megan Trimpe
4/13/2024 via Google
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I’ve gotten multiple services done here (makeup, manicure, and eyebrow waxing) by different students and have always had such a good experience! They are professional, friendly, and good at what they do. I will be back for more services and would recommend going here!

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Jeanette Goza
1/24/2024 via Google
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Students do great work with affordable prices...and supervision.

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Angela Hearold
10/27/2023 via Google
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I'm more than satisfied with my new cut!! Highly recommend if you want quality and don't necessarily want to spend a fortune.

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In the School's Words

The University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts (USCA) offers you a state-of-the-art learning environment with fully equipped classrooms and superior instructors. Our students learn in an atmosphere of professionalism and graduate knowing they have been trained to meet the highest standards of their profession. Let us help cultivate the artist in you!

Our Mission

The mission of USCA is to provide our students with the knowledge and training necessary for their chosen program of cosmetology, esthiology, nail technology or teaching. By learning in an atmosphere of professionalism and excellence, USCA students will build a foundation to help prepare them for a successful and satisfying career. We also strive to teach teamwork and respect as well as emphasize the need for continued personal and professional growth in order to meet the highest standards of their profession.

Facility & Equipment

USCA is located in a new facility that was designed to promote learning and practice of professional skills, in Springfield's very busy west side, near Veterans Parkway and Wabash Avenue. Our students have the advantage of spacious, professionally designed clinic areas and quiet classrooms, with the latest equipment for all areas of study. The student equipment and textbooks are up-to-date, and provide the student with everything they will need for their course of study. The usual class size averages 18 students per instructor. Free parking is provided for students and clients.

Accreditation & Memberships

USCA is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), a nationally recognized agency for private cosmetology schools.

USCA is approved by the Department of Education for participation in federal Title IV student financial aid programs, including PellGrants and Family Federal Education Loans.

USCA is licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to operate as a cosmetology school offering cosmetology, esthiology and nail education.

USCA is a member of the Illinois Association of Cosmetology Schools (IACS), the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), the International Chain Salon Association (ICSA) and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Enrollment Procedures

Are you ready to begin? If you are interested in enrolling or in visiting the school before you make your decision, you should contact us to arrange a visit. An interview with the school's admissions and financial aid counselor is recommended. If you submit an enrollment application by mail, you will be contacted so a visit can be arranged.

All programs include Theory (classroom study and discussion), Practical (applying your knowledge by practicing your skills), and Clinic (working on clients in a salon-typesetting to use your skills in a learning process).


University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts offers the following programs:

Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics / Massage Therapy / Nail Technology / Teacher Training


Program Length 1,500 hours
Average Completion 13 months
Program Tuition $19,850

Explore the latest styles and techniques of hair cutting and styling, skin care, make-up, nail care, haircolor, perming, ethnic hair design, as well as business management and building a clientele.


Program Length 1,500 hours
Average Completion 13 months
Program Tuition $12,850


Program Length 750 hours
Average Completion 6 months
Program Tuition $10,275

Along with skin care training that will include skin analysis, treatment and facial techniques, you will learn the skillful and artistic application of cosmetics, healthful and healing body treatments and business practice knowledge.

Nail Technology

Program Length 350 hours
Average Completion 3 months
Program Tuition $4,000

Manicuring and pedicuring are just the beginning. You will also learn nail care, application of a variety of artificial nail systems, as well as basic nail art techniques and skills to help you develop a clientele that will lead to a successful career.

Beauty Instructor

Program Length 500 hours
Average Completion 4 months
Program Tuition $1,950

These courses are designed to prepare you to effectively pass along your professional skills and knowledge to future beauty professionals, with instruction in basic principles of teaching, psychology, business experience and supervised teaching experiences.

Massage Therapy

Program Length 600 hours
Average Completion 9 months
Program Tuition $10,775

About This School

Accreditation or State Approval

One or more programs offered at this school is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accredited programs qualify graduates for applicable state licensing. In addition, accredited schools typically can offer more financial aid options, including federal financial aid. Learn more about accreditation and approval.

Financial Aid

75% of students received financial aid

On average, students received $2,766 in financial aid.

Student Body

Gender Ratio

87% Female, 13% Male

Race / Ethnicity Ratio

66% White, 3% Hispanic / Latino, 26% African American, 1% Asian American, 0% American Indian, 0% Hawaiian / Pacific, 4% Two or More, 0% Unknown

151 students are enrolled in this school

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Page last updated: 06/03/2024

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