How much is cosmetology school? Probably the most common question asked! Hays Academy of Hair Design in Salina and Hays, Kansas offers an extensive cosmetology program. The cosmetology program total cost is $15,900. This covers all books, tools, equipment, education and student salon production and supervision, as well as the first round of state testing! Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Also, Hays Academy offers scheduled payment plans to cover any out of pocket costs not covered by financial aid.