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I just graduated from cosmetology school, and they are withholding my transcript so that I can't take my state boards.

Sycamore, IL |
Filed under: Education law

I graduated from cosmetology school almost two weeks ago. They had a small ceremony for me and handed me my certificate. The certificate states that " this is to certify that I have completed the prescribed curriculum in cosmetology". When I returned the following week to pay my sign up fee for my state boards I was informed that there was still work that I needed to complete, and they will not sign me up for state boards of give me my transcripts. That I now need to sign a new contract to pay more money. I have not signed anything yet. I don't owe them any money and I completed all practicals and exams. Is there anything I can do???

Attorney Answers 2


  1. The certificate doesn't mean much in and of itself. But, as the other responder asked, what's the money for? If it's just a scheme to get more dough out of you, the school may be committing a violation of its own licensure. You can check with the Illinois Department of Public Health to see whether there are other cases like this out there involving this school and if so, they might help you. Good luck.

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