A career in massage therapy is great for many reasons: You get to help people feel better – almost instantly. You can have a flexible schedule, and in many situations, you can even be your own boss. Moreover, you can have huge earning power starting right away. Massage therapists have a median salary of $37,180 per year. And some can make up to $75,390 annually
With so much going for the career, you may wonder about what it takes to become a massage therapist. Specifically, how much does massage school cost? And, how does the expense compare to that of a four-year university degree?
Massage therapy schools vary in price and quality throughout the country. When selecting a school, it’s important to look for one that is nationally accredited and will ensure you get the education you need to become licensed in the state you want to practice in. The Acupuncture Massage College in Miami is highly regarded and offers a complete, comprehensive Massage Therapy program for $10,865.96.
This fee includes:
- Tuition: $9,850
- School fees: $575
- Licensing fees: $440.96
The overall expense of a four-year university is significantly higher. According to College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school year was $32,405 for private colleges, $9,410 for in-state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents at public universities.
Based on this, massage therapy school at AMC is approximately one-third of the cost to attend just one year at a private college.
In addition, that one year of study at a private college will not provide the background and education to be “ready” to work with the earning potential of a massage therapist.
The AMC massage therapy program can provide the training to become a massage therapist in only 8 ½ months, for one-third of the costs.
Saving for the investment
If you’re thinking about massage therapy school, keep in mind there are ways to make the experience as affordable as possible.
First, it’s important to always apply for financial aid. The federal government offers many options for students, and you may not realize what types of aid are available, or what you might qualify for. Based on this, it pays to talk to a financial aid representative at the school and go ahead with the paperwork.
Second, at AMC, we also advise people to be aware of their spending while in school. Students should make sure to not borrow too much in student loans, to live within their means, and to try to work while going to school, even if it’s just part-time. These steps can help keep the tuition payments affordable and help students manage their expenses during school and after they graduate. More tips for saving money and living with a “student budget” are available here.
Going to college, whether it’s massage therapy school or a four-year university, is an investment in yourself and your future. To learn more about how to become a massage therapist, download our free ebook. And to learn more about attending AMC’s Massage Therapy School, take the next step by reviewing our admissions process.