1) Where is the school located? How much time will you spend daily on commute? What kind of expenses and how much will you incur related to commute / room and board if you are going to live close to school? Overall, can you afford both the time and cost of attending the school? 2) Is the school accredited or non accredited? If non accredited, is it State certified and will it allow you to take the Certification exam sand go on to become a licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)? Non accredited schools may end up more economical in some cases (they do not qualify for financial aid). However, make sure that you will be able to get your certificate and license by attending a non accredited school. 3) Are qualified applicants / prospective students eligible to apply for and receive Federal Financial Aid? Or ask the school whether they are part of the Title IV Funding Program, which qualifies their students to apply for financial aid. If the school qualifies, ask about the FAFSA form a nd support (if needed) in filling out and mailing the form The FAFSA form is the form you need to fill out and send to the Government if you want to apply for financial aid. You can read more about the FAFSA form here 4) What is the cost of tuition, fees and any other material/supplies necessary to attend school? Make sure that you fully understand the exact dollar figure which should include all school related costs like tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other expenses. Understand what the cost is per year and over the course of the entire program, and be sure and as k about any foreseeable tuition increases (and the reason) while you’ll be attending the school. Additional follow up questions that will help you better understand tuition are the following: How much did tuition at this school cost last year? How much did it cost three years ago? Ask the reasons for tuition increase. If you find that tuition has significantly increased each year, or there is a significant change from three years ago to today, try to determine the real reasons. In other words, was there truly inflation i n the industry that caused all schools to hike their tuition rates by the same proportion, or does this school stand out as the anomaly? If the latter, there may be something fundamentally flawed with the school. At the least, this should be a red flag that helps you dig in further in determining whether this is the right school of choice for you. 5) Accredited schools are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. What is the anticipated tuition cost after factoring in anticipated / potential Financial Aid? Note: This will help you determine the most economical option for you. 6) What days and times are classes offered? What if I miss a class what are my make up options? Note: Your goal here is to determine whether the school is flexible enough so you can make it fit into your life schedule. 7) What is the school culture like? What are the main beliefs and philosophies? What does the school focus most on? Note: This question is meant to reveal whether the school’s philosophies and beliefs match yours. If they don’t, you may want to consider another school. 8) What is the instructor teaching style? What is the mode of instruction? Note: Everyone has a different way of learning. The goal of this question is to help you determine how well you will be able to remain engaged in class and learn the material being taught. 9) What does it take to do well in school? What are the characteristics/qualities that students who have succeeded in the school’s program possess? Note: Do you have these qualities? If not can you develop them?