Cosmetology and Manicuring Course Costs

 1500 hours
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$100.00
Textbooks (non-refundable)$280.00
Uniform/Matrix Program (non-refundable)$60.00
Kit and Student Class Supplies$1,500.00
Total Cost$5,995.00

Barber/Cosmetology Crossover

 45 hours500 hours
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$200.00$200.00
Tuition (non-refundable)$315.00$1,000.00
Kit and Textbooks$380.00$800.00
Total Cost$895.00$2,000.00

Manicuring Only

 400 hours
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$100.00
Tuition (non-refundable)$500.00
Kit, Supplies and Textbooks$1,400.00
Total Cost$2,000.00

Instructor Training Course

 600 hours
Registration Fee (non-refundable)$100.00
Tuition (non-refundable)$2,000.00
Kit and Textbooks$200.00
Total Cost$2,300.00

The registration fee of $100.00 (non-refundable), Textbook Fee of $280.00 (non-refundable), Student License Fee of $5.00 and Uniform/Matrix Program Fee of $60.00 are due when enrollment papers are sent in to the State Board. The registration fee & textbook fee is due three weeks prior to the starting date of the course. First month tuition is due by the 15th day of the month started. All fees owed to SBI must be paid in full before the student may take the State Board examination. Student receives their textbooks the day they start.

No kit is required for instructor training; an Instructor Trainee badge is provided for each student.

Methods of Payment

We do not require the student tuition to be paid in full in advance, it can be paid in advance or in monthly installments.

Payments are due on or before the 15th day of each month. A late fee of $25.00 will be charged if the payment is made after the 15th of the month due.

We now accept tuition payment via credit card.

credit cards

Class Time

Changes effective as of April 3, 2017.

Monday: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Thursday: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 10:15AM

Clinic Floor Hours

Changes effective as of April 3, 2017.

Monday: 12:30PM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 10:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 1:00PM - 8:00PM
Thursday: 1:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday: 10:30AM - 5:00PM

Call 573-445-7311 to schedule an appointment.

1729 West Broadway Suite 5
Columbia, MO 65203


Abby Rhodes

The comprehensive training I received at Sam Brown’s Institute of Cosmetology gave me the confidence to accept a position at the Marc Salon immediately upon graduating in September, 2007.

Because of the structure and discipline I practiced every day in school, I now have the tools needed to be a great cosmetologist and to build a lasting clientele. I try to show my clients the same personal attention and care that Sam showed me as a student.

I didn’t just “go to beauty school” at Sam Brown’s Institute. I received a thorough education that extended well beyond the fundamentals of cosmetology. I learned how to be a good employee and how to get along with my co-workers. I learned how to provide clients with a truly relaxing and satisfying experience. I learned to stay current by investing in further education and to never give up. It was often Sam’s persistence and courage to overcome adversities in his own life that helped me to see my own strength. Not many stylists I have met since graduating can say that their educators were as invested in their students as those at Sam Brown’s. This is what makes Sam Brown’s Institute so exceptionally unique and impressive. I am so grateful to Sam’s mother for the gift she passed on to her son and to Don Vander Pal for his support and partnership of Sam’s dream, but most of all I am grateful for Sam Lanham. Grateful for always keeping the fire lit underneath me with his passion for this business and his compassion for all his students.