There are over 125 private career schools in Maryland. Students who are certain about their career choice and want focused training in a short amount of time usually seek these schools. Some of these schools may require English or Mathematics. Many only offer classes related to a specific job, such as Barbering, Cosmetology/Manicurist, Computer-Aided Drafting, Electronics, Mechanics and Truck Driving.
Vocational/technical schools can be quite expensive. Careful research should be done before enrolling. The Student Guide to Higher Education & Financial Aid in Maryland offers the following checklist to help select the right program for you:
- Make sure the school is approved to operate.
- Ask about admissions requirements.
- Ask about the full cost of the program, including tuition fees, books and materials.
- Find out if the school qualifies for Federal financial aid.
- Visit the school.
- Observe classes and ask current students to comment on their experience with the school.
- Check out the instructors' qualifications.
- Ask about job placement.
- Obtain a copy of the school's catalog and read it carefully.
- Read and understand what you sign.
Federal and State financial aid may be available.
For a list of Maryland State approved private career schools visit www.mhec.state.md.us