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Consumer Information
Welcome to our Consumer Information page built specifically for future students like you. It covers accreditation, program offerings, admissions, tuition, campus facilities, faculty profiles, student support, safety measures, graduation rates, policies, and contact information. This transparent resource helps individuals like you  to make informed decisions about your educational journey.
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Nova Academy is licensed in accordance with Minnesota laws of:
MN Board of Cosmetologist Examiners:
2829 University Ave SE
Mpls, MN 55414

Nova Academy is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Satutes, sections 141.21 to 141.32. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Minnesota Board of Cosmetology
1000 University Avenue West, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55104


Nova Academy is accredited in accordance with NACCAS:
4401 Ford Avenue Suite 1300
Alexandria, VA 22302

This student catalog is a comprehensive document that provides information about the institution, its programs, courses, and policies. It includes details about academic programs, course descriptions, academic policies, registration, tuition and fees, student services, faculty, campus resources, and more. The catalog serves as a reference guide for students to understand the college’s offerings and regulations.

Nova Catalog 2024 Vol 65 – All

Nova Academy of Cosmetology utilizes a range of educational resources, including Milady Text Books, CIMA by Milady, and the book “Aesthetics Exposed: Mastering Skin Care in a Medical Setting and Beyond,” to provide comprehensive learning materials for its students in the field of cosmetology and aesthetics.

  • Miladys® Cosmetology Textbook ISBN#978-1-934636-66-4
  • Miladys® Cosmetology Study Guide ISBN#978-1-934636-75-6
  • Miladys® Cosmetology Exam Prep ISBN#978-1-934636-78-7
  • Miladys® Esthiology Textbook ISBN#978-0-9742723-1-3
  • Miladys® Esthiology Study Guide ISBN#978-0-9742723-7-5
  • Miladys® Esthiology Exam Prep ISBN#978-0-9742723-6-8
  • Miladys® Nails Textbook ISBN#978-0-9779961-8-6
  • Miladys® Nails Study Guide ISBN#978-0-9789765-0-7
  • Miladys® Nails Exam Prep ISBN#978-0-9789765-1-4
  • Prosper U Text Books and Materials- only available by attending a Prosper U Affiliated School

Here is a summary of our programs along with their respective costs, with pricing valid through July 31, 2024:

Cost of Attendance


COSMETOLOGY – 1550 Hours $50.00 $3,700.00 $21,700.00 $25,450.00
ESTHIOLOGY – 600 Hours $50.00 $3,350.00 $10,780.00 $14,180.00
NAIL TECHNOLOGY – 350 Hours $50.00 $1,650.00 $4,600.00 $6,300.00
EYELASH EXTENSION TRAINING 38 HOURS $50.00 $400.00 $1,595.00 $2,045.00
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING – 45 Hours $50.00 $250.00 $660.00 $960.00
ADVANCED PRACTICE ESTHETICS – 500 Hours $50.00 $2,350.00 $10,450.00 $12,850.00
ADVANCED PRACTICE ESTHETICS-COMBINED $50.00 $5,700.00 $21,175.00 $26,925.00

A campus security report for a college is a comprehensive document that provides information about crime statistics, safety policies, and security measures in place to ensure the well-being of students and staff on campus.

Campus Security Report – Woodbury- 2023

Campus Security Report – Nova Rochester – 2023

Campus Security Report – Nova Mankato – 2023

HEERF disclosures refer to the mandated reporting of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocations, distribution, and usage by educational institutions to provide transparency on COVID-19 relief funding.


HEERF Disclosures

Title IX – Nova All – 2023


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Our Commitment:

Nova Academy of Cosmetology Schools (hereinafter referred to as “Nova” or “the School”) is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that are free from discrimination and harassment based on a protected characteristic, and retaliation for engaging in a protected activity. Nova values and upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties in the grievance process during what is an often difficult time for all involved.

To ensure compliance with federal, state, and local civil rights laws and regulations, and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the education program or activity, Nova has developed policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair, and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of a protected characteristic, and for allegations of retaliation.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Nova prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, and promptly investigates when allegations of sex discrimination are made by a member of Nova’s community.

As part of the School’s commitment to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, Nova has adopted an Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator has the primary responsibility for coordinating the School’s efforts related to the intake, investigation, resolution, and implementation of supportive measures to stop, remedy, and prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation prohibited under this Policy.

Formal complaints or notice of alleged policy violations, or inquiries about or concerns regarding the Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy and procedures, may be made internally to:

Michele Delisle
Title IX Coordinator
General Manager
5979 Bandel Road NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: 507-280-6910

Notice/Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, and/or Retaliation

Notice or complaints of discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation may be made by filing a report or Formal Complaint with, or give verbal notice to, the Title IX Coordinator. Such a report or Formal Complaint may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or email address, or by mail, to the office listed for the Title IX Coordinator.

Report online, by sending an email to or completing the grievance form located on the website consumer information page. Anonymous reports are accepted but can give rise to a need to investigate to determine if the parties can be identified. If not, no further formal action is taken, though measures intended to protect the community may be enacted. The School tries to provide supportive measures to all Complainants, which may be impossible with an anonymous report that does not identify the Complainant. Upon receiving a report or Formal Complaint, Nova will address the matter and provide a prompt, fair and impartial investigation and resolution. Following an alleged offense, a Complainant will be provided with written information on their rights and options for, and available assistance in, changing academic and/or working situations.

Title IX Training Resources

Nova Academy of Cosmetology Policies

This disclosure notice provides information on how to access items such as campus safety, financial aid, graduation rates, and other essential aspects required by law to be shared with prospective and enrolled students.

Disclosure Notice – Nova All – 2023

This policy outlines the school’s stance on unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material and aims to inform students about the potential civil and criminal liabilities associated with copyright infringement.

Copyright Infringement Policy – Nova All – 2023

This drug and alcohol policy outlines rules and regulations governing the use, possession, and distribution of substances on campus, promoting a safe and healthy environment for students and staff.

Drug & Alcohol Policy – Nova Woodbury – 2024

Drug & Alcohol Policy – Nova Rochester – 2023

Drug & Alcohol Policy – Nova Mankato – 2023

Nova Academy of Cosmetology is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of student records while ensuring access for individuals who seek information about their academic progress and history. This policy outlines the process for students to request access to their records.


Student Request of Records Policy – Nova All – 2023

This policy outlines Nova Academy’s procedure for reviewing and accepting transfer hours and credits from incoming students. It ensures that transfer evaluations are conducted fairly and consistently to align with Nova Academy’s curriculum requirements.

Transfer Policy – Nova All – 2023

This policy specifies the vaccines that students must receive before enrollment, any exemptions allowed (such as medical or religious exemptions), and the consequences for non-compliance with the vaccination requirements.

Vaccination Policy – Nova All – 2023

This withdrawal policy defines the rules and guidelines that students must follow if they choose to withdraw from their enrolled program. This policy outlines the procedures, deadlines, and potential financial implications associated with withdrawing from the school before completing the program.

Withdrawl Policy and procedure – Nova All – 2023

This refund policy outlines the procedures and conditions under which students can receive refunds for tuition, fees, and other charges if they choose to withdraw or cancel their enrollment from a program. This policy includes details about refund amounts based on the timing of withdrawal and the calculation of prorated refunds.

Refund Policy – Nova All – 2023

Applications & Requests

An application for enrollment is a formal submission by an individual seeking admission to an educational institution, providing their personal and academic information for consideration.

Application for Enrollment

Financial Aid and Loan Disclosures
Who to contact:

Financial Aid Assistance
Mankato 507-345-4033 and ask to speak with a Financial Aid Representative.
Rochester 507-280-6910 and ask to speak with a Financial Aid Representative.
Woodbury 651-333-1410 and ask to speak with a Financial Aid Representative.

A transcript request is a formal solicitation for a copy of an individual’s academic record. Needed for various purposes such as applying to colleges or seeking employment.

Transcript Request $10 Fee

A FERPA release is a signed authorization allowing educational institutions to share a student’s educational records with designated parties, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.


Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”), Nova Academy of Cosmetology has established a policy for the review, release and amendment of student records. As stipulated in the Privacy Act, Nova Academy of Cosmetology requires written authorization from the student, (or parents/ guardians if less than 18 years of age,) before we will release any information about the student to any agency or prospective employer. Student’s records are protected under the Privacy Act and are treated with the utmost confidentiality by all personnel. Access to these records is available to the student or parents/ guardians if less than 18 years of age by appointment under supervision of the school. Governing and accrediting agencies have the right to review records. FERPA provides that “directory information” as defined by the school may be made available to the public unless within 10 business days after enrolling in a program at Nova Academy of Cosmetology, a student delivers a written request to the Director of Education that the Directory Information on that student not be made public. Nova Academy of Cosmetology defines directory information as a student’s name, address, telephone numbers, program attended and dates attended.

Students may obtain a release of information form from the Student Services office. An Authorization to Release Future Professional Records form needs to be completed each time permission is given to release Future Professional information. The student must sign giving the school permission. The school may only release the information designated on this form. It is highly recommended that students complete this from when they interview at salons and the salons contact the school about the student.

This grievance form is used to formally submit complaints or concerns about an issue, situation, or treatment, seeking resolution or redress.

Financial Information

Here is a summary of our programs along with their respective costs, with pricing valid through July 31, 2024:

Cost Of Attendance 


COSMETOLOGY – 1550 Hours $50.00 $3,700.00 $21,700.00 $25,450.00
ESTHIOLOGY – 600 Hours $50.00 $3,350.00 $10,780.00 $14,180.00
NAIL TECHNOLOGY – 350 Hours $50.00 $1,650.00 $4,600.00 $6,300.00
EYELASH EXTENSION TRAINING 38 HOURS $50.00 $400.00 $1,595.00 $2,045.00
INSTRUCTOR TRAINING – 45 Hours $50.00 $250.00 $660.00 $960.00
ADVANCED PRACTICE ESTHETICS – 500 Hours $50.00 $2,350.00 $10,450.00 $12,850.00
ADVANCED PRACTICE ESTHETICS-COMBINED $50.00 $5,700.00 $21,175.00 $26,925.00

Follow the link below to learn more about the various ways you may be able to fund your education at Nova Academy of Cosmetology.

Financial Aid Opportunities 

This document provides an overview the Title IV and the Higher Education Act (HEA) loans specific terms and conditions that govern their availability and repayment.

Terms and Conditions Title IV and HEA Loans – Nova All – 2023

Using student repayment simulators is beneficial because they empower you to understand the financial impact of their student loans before entering repayment, helping them make informed decisions about loan amounts, repayment plans, and financial strategies. This knowledge enables you to better manage your post-graduation finances and avoid potential repayment challenges.

Federal Student Aid Repayment Simulator

Self Loan Repayment Simulator

A net price calculator is a tool used to estimate the actual cost that a student or their family will need to pay for college after accounting for financial aid and scholarships.


Nova Rochester & Mankato Net Price Calculator


Net Price Calculator Woodbury

Facts and Statistics

This Facts and Outcomes document a comprehensive compilation of key information, statistics and student outcomes.

Facts & Outcomes – Nova All – 2024

Cohort default rates represent the percentage of a specific group of borrowers who enter repayment on federal student loans and default within a specified timeframe.


Fiscal Year 2019 2018 2017
Default Rate 4.3% 17.8% 13.2%
Number in Default 4 15 7
Number in Repayment 92 84 53

The school’s six-digit OPE ID is 041576.


Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Student retention: Full-time students: 86%


The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know” or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without completing at the current institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.

Overall graduation rate: Overall graduation rate: 59% (*) Transfer-out rate:



Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. “Normal time” is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the “normal” amount of time for many associate’s degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including “150% of normal time” (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and “200% of normal time,” or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in 2018-19 or 2019-20, by Time to Completion [Began in 2018-19] Within "Normal time" for the program: 47% Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 77% Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 79% [Began in 2019-20] Within "Normal time" for the program: 21% Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 59% Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %




Student Race/Ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity: American Indian or Alaska Native: 1% Asian: 0% Black or African American: 5% Hispanic/Latino: 8% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0% White: 83% Two or more races: 4% Race/ethnicity unknown: 0% U.S. Nonresident: 0%

Undergraduate Student Age
Undergraduate Student Age: 24 and under: 78% 25 and over: 22% Age unknown: 0%

Undergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Residence: In-state: 97% Out-of-state: 3% Foreign countries: 0% Unknown: 0%

Helpful Links

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College Navigator Website

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