Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the program?
The Traditional Online Program is 8 months. Learners are encouraged to apply their time diligently to obtaining their theory hours (300). Soon after they will be quickly brought into the classroom in order to finish their final practical hours (300). Students contract to finish the program in 40 weeks or less, earning 80 or more hours per month.
What is the age criteria to become a nail tech?
Learners can begin acquiring their manicure hours at the age of 16.
Do I need to send my transcripts?
Yes! High school transcripts, GED and/or proof of passing the 10th grade are necessary in order to enroll in manicure school. We will NOT accept a copy of a diploma.
Do you accept financial aid and are you accredited?
The Black Pearl Nail Academy is not accredited and therefore ineligible to accept financial aid (FAFSA) or any other government funding.
Students that are participants in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) are eligible for tuition assistance, not TANF. Please call our enrollment officer during business hours for information on how to apply.
The Black Pearl Nail Academy is certified and approved by the State of Tennessee Board of Cosmetology which provides licensure. ACCREDITATION IS NOT NECESSARY FOR LICENSURE!
Click HERE to verify any Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology License including schools, barbers, cosmetologists or nail techs.
Do you have payment options or payment plans?
Yes. The total price for Traditional Online/Hybrid OR Apprenticeship classes is $6,500. Tuition is $4,500 for 600 hours. Enrollment fee, kits, books & supplies equal $2,000. Monthly payments are $562.50. Your spot in class is not confirmed until your enrollment payment, application and supporting documents are received.
Are there full time/part time classes available?
The Black Pearl Nail Academy caters to adult learners, therefore we only offer part-time enrollment. Everyone has life happening and our priority is to make it functional for you to obtain your manicure licensing hours in a reasonable amount of time. Learners will map out their class schedule and attendance plan based on The Black Pearl Nail Academy's class pacing guide, online programming and practical teaching schedule.
What days and hours are classes?
Once the learner begins practical their classroom hours are
Monday - Thursday 9am to 2pm or Monday - Thursday 4pm to 9pm
Saturday events are planned once a month where the students perform services on the public.
Online hours during Theory are performed at the learners discretion, however the student is required to obtain 80 or more hours per month. Students that acquire hours as outlined will finish in 8 months or less.
When will classes begin?
We are on a rolling enrollment and students are allowed to enroll for class at any time.
Can I make payments on my tuition?
Students are more than welcome to make payments on their tuition and/or kits ahead of time. All payments will be receipted and bound to the student contract for refund requests and/or reimbursements. Please hover over the "Enrollment" link above an click on "payments" in the drop down.
I went to another school. Can I transfer my hours to The Black Pearl Nail Academy?
If you have obtained hours at another cosmetology or manicure school and have not completed the program or tested for state board, you are allowed to transfer to The Black Pearl Nail Academy. The amount of hours that we can accept is not determined by The BlackPearl Nail Academy, but by the State Board of Cosmetology. Transfers can only be done after the student has been withdrawn from their previous school for 7 business days. The hours that the student has accumulated will have to be verified by the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology in order to be accepted by The Black Pearl Nail Academy. If you have obtained hours from another state they have to be approved through the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology for reciprocity.