There are many factors to consider when choosing a cosmetology school, including location, tuition cost, class sizes, technical facilities, and general atmosphere. However, perhaps the most important criteria are the quality of education offered and whether the institution is licensed by its state board of cosmetology. Students graduating from a school with a good reputation may find it easier to get a job. In addition, for a student to be eligible to take the state licensing exam after graduation, the school's diploma must be accepted by the state board of cosmetology. Otherwise, you may not be able to get a license and your degree may be of little worth. Another possible indicator of quality is when the school is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences or the NACCAS, (N-A-C-C-A-S). Accredited schools must undergo periodic inspections in which financial records and instructors are scrutinized, students are interviewed, and other attributes are checked. They must also furnish information on how long it typically takes to complete a given program, what percentage of their students graduate, and how many pass the state licensing exam.