Food for Thought:

If today was graduation and you were receiving a diploma, where would you like to work and what would you do with your license? What would be your job description? What is your goal time frame for completion?

Education, if approached correctly, is learner driven, never ends and provides our graduates with skills to earn an exceptional income.

Student Orientation Information …


Ask yourself if a successful career just happens.
Ask yourself if a successful career comes easy and without hard work.

Our school is about success, hard work and exceptional outcomes.

Any exciting new career requires sincere effort and daily application. it takes a “team” of educators that are dedicated to success of each student. We are the most qualified team in Northwest Indiana. Our educators provide one on one education. Our education is communicated through a hands-on experience.

We are proud of our exceptional 50 plus year’s history. We work hard to maintain our high completions, exceptional first time licensing rates/ 100% and successful long term placement of our graduates. Our outcomes rates are exceptional and envied by many.

Discovery Day

Know your own strengths. At Don Roberts School of Hair Design we have seen students enroll and find their passion! Their energy is positive and contagious every day of class. They never seem to tire and are pleasure to educate. This could be you!

Cosmetology, Barber, Esthetics, Manicuring and Instructors careers are rewarding, flexible and only the beginning of a path that can go anywhere. Become the driver of your future! Your passion must be obvious, almost to the bridge of being exhausting to you, and those around you! The industry demands perfection, detail and desire. You bring the desire, we offer the detailed education and the practice that will provide the perfection needed for success.

If you would you like to experience a Discovery Day, visit the campus and experience the opportunity to talk with the students and staff, email or call our enrollment office.


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Facility, Location, Accreditation, & Licensing

Don Roberts School of Hair Design
152 East US Route 30
Schererville, Indiana 46375

Phone: 219-864-1600



The campus is located 1 mile east of Route 41/Indianapolis Blvd. And US Route 30/Oak Ridge Center.

State Licensed:
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Nationally Accredited:
National Accrediting Commission Of Career Arts and Sciences
3015 Colvin Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Admissions & Financial Aid Office Contact

152 East US Route 30 Schererville, Indiana 46375


Located in Schererville, Indiana, one mile east of US RT. 30 and 41

Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Enrollment Requirements:

  • Completed and signed enrollment application
  • Copy of birth certificate or valid passport
  • Proof of GED/certification letter or high school completion/diploma/Sealed transcript or state verification of Home Schooling/12th Grade Completion
  • Copy of Driver’s License/Government issued ID
  • Copy of Social Security Card
  • Copy of document(s) that verify any change of name
  • All programs offered have the same admissions criteria
  • The school reserves the right to review all applications on an individual basis.
  • All documents must be in English. Only government approved translations will be accepted.
  • All documents must have the same name(s)
  • This institute does not admit ATB/Ability to Benefit Policy students.
  • Prior to Enrollment
    • View the schools web site; including, but not specific to the Student Handbook and Orientation tabs
    • Attend an orientation at the school campus.

Please feel free to download  and pre-fill out our enrollment application – you can submit it by scanning and emailing it to us at or bring it in, otherwise, one will be provided for you here at campus before your student orientation.

Enrollment Application

High School/GED Policy

As a condition for enrollment, Don Roberts School of Hair Design requires that students provide valid proof of education. This includes a copy of a prospective student’s high school diploma, high school transcript or a General Equivalency Diploma (“GED”), in the English language. The Don Roberts School of Hair Design does not accept Ability to Benefit (“ATB”) students. The Indiana Education Department recognizes state registered home school programs with a state ID that is recorded on their official diplomas.

If high school information appears to be questionable an official transcript will be requested and evaluated by the director of admissions prior to enrolling the student. Particular attention shall be paid to situations involving online programs, older adult learners, or in situations where several students from the same online school have sought enrollment.

Upon receipt, the director of admissions shall review the transcript with particular attention to the student’s date of entry and graduation date. Sufficient time lapse should occur between such dates.

If the high school information cannot be verified, the student will be required to take and pass a GED test prior to enrollment.

Programs & Tuition

Each program requires a $100 non-refundable application fee. The cost per program includes; tuition, books and equipment, and one student ID. Miscellaneous charges are applicable throughout the program and are estimated to be $200.00. Broken or misplaced equipment is to be replaced immediately, at the expense of the student.

In addition to financial aid, this school accepts cash, money orders, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards as acceptable methods of payment. This school also offer  private payment plan for those who qualify.

2020 Academy Cost


Esthetics $ 14,800
Cosmetology $ 19,400
Barber  $ 19,400
Instructor $ 9,600
Manicuring $ 9,500
Full cost breakdown located in our School Catalog.


Orientation by definition is a person’s basic attitude, beliefs, or feelings in relation to a particular subject or issue.  It can be a preview of what is to be. It is a means of guidance or direction.

Synonyms: Attitude · Inclination · Direction · Aim · Intention

The dictionary defines professionalism as attitudes, characteristics, or behaviors that are not explicitly part of the profession’s core of knowledge and technical skill, but that are required for success in the profession.

An interesting blend of two words.  These two words are key to a successful career in cosmetology and all related areas of study.

  • Orientation is required prior to enrollment.
  • Enrollment occurs after orientation; in which direction or guidance has been received.
  • Professionalism is a set of attitudes or behaviors that are not part of the skill set of a craft but are a requirement of successful employment.
  • Skill Sets of the craft are obtained after the experience of learning and practice

Our expectation, with each new enrollee, is that professionalism will begin at orientation and skill set will come with practice; over and over again.

Prior to enrollment, all students are required to attend an orientation.  The purpose of this orientation is to provide career direction, the objective of the applicable program, conditions of successful completion and licensure, rules of enrollment, and consumer information that defines our success as a school.

To initiate your orientation process you must review this web site, specific to, but not limited to the school catalog and Student Handbook.  It will provide an immense amount of consumer information to you. It is our way of helping you become familiar with our expectations of you as a student as well as what you are to expect from us as a post-secondary institution.

You will also be invited to attend a one-hour on-campus orientation/TBD that will allow you to

  • Meet the staff
  • Understand the expectations and benefits of the Choice Scholarship
  • Ask questions and clarify your concerns

As we move forward, Show us your smile.

Quote, A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. Phyllis Diller.

Choice Scholarship

Choice Scholarship

This is a scholarship that is student driven.  The amount of scholarship awarded is dependent upon your effort.

  • $9,000.00 awarded in 2018

This program is afforded to only those students that make a choice to work hard and excel in three specific areas

  • Academic
  • Attendance
  • Assigned Work

95% GPA Required
Recipients of the Choice Scholarship are able to sit for licensing prior to graduation.

It ranges in value from $100 to $2,000; program length dependent.

The cash scholarship has been used to offset licensing expenses, educational expenses; day car, gas, food, etc.

It is offered to all undergraduate programs, cosmetology, barber, esthetics, and manicuring.

  • You make the chose to put the effort into your training.
  • You earn the scholarship.
  • You determine the scholarship value.
  • The more effort you make, the greater the reward.
School Catalog & Student Handbook

Details About Our Education…

Institutional Outcomes
  • Graduation Rate – 83.72% (Rates. Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018)

  • Licensing Rate – 100% (Rates. Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018)

  • Placement Rate – 75% (Rates. Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018)

  • Fiscal Year 2015 3-Year Draft Cohort Default Rate 4.2%

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Gainful Employment Disclosures
Easy Steps to Successful Studying

Understand What and When YOU Learn Best.

Every student learns differently and may embrace more than one learning style.

Ask yourself.

  • Do you like to Take Notes?
  • Do you like to Problem Solve?
  • Do you need to hear, see or do it?
  • Do you like being socially interactive?
  • Do you like to use things to help you remember?

Identify what fits for you.

Class Room Learning Tips/Instructor Driven

  1. Survey/Lessons and study guides.
  2. Question/Learn and understand your material, ask questions; do not memorize.
  3. Read/Read actively and question what you read. Read for main ideas and important details.
  4. Recite/Stop at intervals and recite the material; new headings in your own words,
  5. Review/Reread material to refresh your memory.
  • Use your notes/study guides.
  • Underlining and Taking Notes/Both techniques should not clutter your mind;
  • Do NOT underline in the first reading/Take notes in outline form

Distance Learning Tips/Self Driven/Self- Paced

  • Get prepared and make a plan.
  • Organize your study space. There’s no right or wrong place to study
  • Get familiar with your course
  • Discover your learning style.
  • Set study goals.
  • Review your work regularly.
  • Stay Motivated/Think Positive/Look after yourself.

Link here to identify your learning type

Indiana Law

It is the responsibility of the student to visit the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency web site.

Click here

COVID-19 Changes & Updates

Check back frequently for the most up to date information regarding the Noval Coronavirus and its impact on our facility.

The Cares Act

30-Day Report

Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Date of this Report December 20, 2020
Award Number/Date P425E202853/3/June 2020
Award Received 21 July 2020
Grant Application Made Available 25 July 2020
Date 100% of Grant Applications Received 21 July 2020
Date 100% of Grants Issued 25 July 2020
An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students Acknowledged & proof is provided within this table.
Total Amount of Funds Received from the Department pursuant to the Institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students $30,314.00
Total Amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. $30,314.00 distributed by checks/hand delivered to the students on 25 July 2020.
Estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under section 18004(a)(1). 21
Total Number of Students who have been issued an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under section 18004(a)(1). 21
Total Number of Students who have been issued an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under section 18004(a)(1) that has not been cleared (cashed or deposited). 21
Average Allocation $1443.52
The method used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under section 18004(a)(1). Who is Eligible?

All Don Roberts School of Hair Design students who are enrolled, actively engaged students who: were enrolled before March 27th, 2020 & are enrolled as of the date of disbursement. 

Students who have dropped will not be eligible.  

What does actively engaged mean?

Actively engaged means attempting the same hours per week that you would if you were still going to school, based on COVID restrictions.

What if I do not need Emergency Financial Assistance?

If you do not need Emergency Financial Assistance, please notify this school in writing, no later than July 25, 2020. We will divide your portion among the other students.  All of the money set aside will be distributed to students who need Emergency Financial Assistance.

How much can I get?

We are allocating an equal award to each eligible student.  Grants not accepted by students will be reallocated to other students.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. What should I do with my grant?

The grant is intended to help you with food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, & child care so that you can remain dedicated to completing your education.  


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March 18th Update
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  • I was excited to enroll in the crossover Barber Program. I was required to first have a valid cosmetology license as 900 hours from my cosmetology training rolled over to the Barber Program. The cosmetology education received at DR made the Barber program very easy. I now have both my Cosmetology and Barbers licenses. I professionally practice and teach within both curriculums.

    R. Ducret

    The entire staff is knowledgeable, encouraging, and refreshing. Each Instructor’s passion and commitment to their craft encouraged me to go farther. I am multi-licensed and now proud owner of Catina’s Tranquil Garden. This is an amazing industry!

    C. Radford
  • My journey started with the Manicuring program. My second year I graduated from the Instructors program, on a full scholarship. In my third year of study, I completed the Esthetics program. All my needs exceeded my expectations. As a current staff member, I work with a team of exceptional educators. I am now able to give back to my students what was given to me.

    V. Eenigenburg

    I was referred to Don Robert’s from a successful Don Robert’s graduate and am currently enrolled in the esthetics program. I thrive on the relaxation energy, essential oils, and massage. I enjoy helping all my clients relax and enjoy the moment. At graduation, I look forward to a new and very different career change.

    P. Smagacz
  • In life you get what you invest. At DR, my instructors didn’t meet me half way, they met me the whole way. I gave my education 100% of my everything; desire and effort. This school is for serious minded individuals who want to thrive in the beauty industry. I worked hard and earned the Choice Scholarship. My training allowed me to obtain my license; one week out of school I opened my own suite/Loft Salon and Suites-Jade on The Set. I am able to book my own hours around the needs of my family.

    C. Lucas

    My educational journey at Don Roberts began in cosmetology and continued in the instructor’s program. Since I had the cosmetology curriculum fresh in my brain, I was then able to crossover 900 hours from the cosmetology program and into the barber’s crossover program and then only had to complete 600 hours for the barbering program. At a more accelerated rate, I was then able to pass my state test for barbering. The crossover program was such a great way to fast-track my learning path.

    J. DeWindt