Colorado Raises Minimum Education Hours for Massage Therapists

Governor Polis recently signed Senate Bill 24-201 into law, which increases minimum education hours from 500 to 650 hours in Colorado for entry-level massage therapists.

Without this new law, federal financial aid, specifically the Pell Grant, would have been in jeopardy for Title IV schools with massage therapy programs above 500 education hours. The state licensing requirement of 650 education hours will now allow massage programs with up to this many hours, continued access to the full array of federal financial aid under the new Title IV regulations recently imposed by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, Non-Title IV schools will have a grace period to bring their program into compliance with the new requirements.

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