Cost and Financial Aid


Full time program

(775 hours) $10,500

(tuition for Fall 2023 will be $11,625)

Part time program

(700 hours) $10,500

Our tuition includes the following:

  • Supervised quality education
  • Your massage table or chair
  • All required textbooks
  • Student liability insurance
  • One Carlson College T-shirt
  • Body Glo lotion for your classroom instruction and clinical sessions

Click HERE for detailed information on our tuition and fees refund policy.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify!

You may be eligible for a grant over $5,900.

Additionally, because we are an institution that is approved to participate in federal student aid programs, our students receive a 1098T form which allows them to file for a federal tax credit for tuition billed.  This amount can vary but may be up to $2,000! Click here for info on tax credits.  

We offer an in-house INTEREST FREE payment plan for your tuition as well. This payment plan is paid while attending the program. For one $30 set up fee this is a great way to pay for all, or a portion, of your education.  Ask us for details!

Our student clinic operates in a fashion that simulates a professional massage clinic. This is a far better opportunity than individual scholarships because all of our students benefit from our unique student clinic opportunity. Call or come in for a visit
​to learn more!

Financial AId

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

Let us help you find a way to pay for your dream!

Carlson College of Massage Therapy is excited to be eligible to participate in the Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs. We are able to extend this opportunity to our students because we are accredited. This accreditation, through The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation ( is voluntary and we are proud to achieve and maintain the required standards!

Federal Financial Aid (FFA) is a wonderful way to help those who have the need and desire to further their education. If you are making the commitment to train for a profession, using FFA is a great way to give yourself options for success in your future.
PLEASE NOTE…there is no need to pay to file your FAFSA. If you need FREE help filing the FAFSA call The College Planning Center/Iowa College Access Network at 877-272-4692.

Upon visiting CCMT, you will meet with our Financial Aid Administrator who will discuss all options available to you and your family. You will be encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to find out what you are eligible to receive. Our FAFSA code is 037203.


If you have been randomly selected for verification by the Department of Education please contact Pam, our Financial Aid Administrator, to set up a time to meet with her regarding this easy process.
Click here for detailed steps with this process.

Click HERE for our Title IV Code of Conduct policy.
Click HERE for detailed information on Title IX.

​Federal Pell Grant
Stafford Loans (Direct Loans)
PLUS Loans (Parent loans for Undergraduate students)

Other options available to qualified students:
Veterans Benefits
​Americorps Grants
Vocational Rehabilitation
Private Scholarships

Additional Costs:
​The student will provide their uniforms for clinic, lotion for practice outside of school, and their own linens (estimated cost $175).

Cost & Payment Options

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Reviews From Our Students

Mallory Z
Mallory Z
Carlson is the place to go if you are anywhere in driving distance! I made a commute to attend and even moved to the area to be more fully immersed. The depth of knowledge that you get in a short time is incredible! I felt more than prepared to start a career. Whatever a client throws at me, I’m equipped to handle it. Not only was the education top notch, but the whole experience was full of lovely memories and relationships. Can’t recommend Carlson enough!
Mahalia Shelangoski
Mahalia Shelangoski
I graduated from this school and it truly sets you up for success. Straight out of school I had many people compliment me on my massage skills and I was prepared for my career. The teachers here are kind, warm, and super fun. I loved every minute of going to this school. I highly suggest it!
Sarah Koss
Sarah Koss
I always enjoy coming to Carlson not only friendly people but amazing massages!!!
Maria Sankot
Maria Sankot
I have been a returning customer for many years. Very friendly and helpful staff. Such a great way to meet a massage therapist you vibe with. Many student massage therapist to choose from and finding the one that fits your needs. Always look forward to student massage therapy sessions which fill up quickly.
Joyce Milliman
Joyce Milliman
I will be using this Massage place agsin and tell my friends about it. i enjoyed one i got. Grace did a great job.
Jaclynn Oberbreckling
Jaclynn Oberbreckling
Was a very wonderful experience! Very relaxing environment. I felt so at ease after my massage with Alyssa H. Highly recommend this place and especially her.
Sheri Crandall
Sheri Crandall
Great massages by greatly trained students.
Gayle Robertson
Gayle Robertson
I love getting massages at Carlson College! The massage room is divided into several stations, with minimal whispered discussion allowed, making the atmosphere extremely peaceful and relaxing.