Grants & Scholarships

Every year, NBSS distributes grants and scholarships to qualified students in each of our programs, and we're on track to award $1M in funding directly from the School by 2022. Along with frozen tuition and a whole new set of scholarships, we hope to make an NBSS education available to the best, brightest, and most talented students.

We strive to fill funding gaps left from traditional financial aid programs through several innovative initiatives:

PELL, YES! This new institutional grant from NBSS the first of its kind in the U.Sprovides up to $6,000 in gift aid to qualified applicants who already received a bachelor's degree.

NBSS YELLOW RIBBON SCHOLARSHIP Helps to bridge the financial gap for veterans beyond regular VA benefits, and may be used towards tuition, tools, and materials.

NBSS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE These "full-ride" scholarships are open to qualified applicants from living in Greater Boston who experience significant barriers to employment.

THE MENINO SCHOLARSHIP Annual full-tuition scholarships awarded to at least one incoming student who is a resident of The City of Boston or a graduate of Boston Public Schools.

NBSS SCHOLARSHIPS – One-year awards based on financial need. They can range between $2,500 and $7,300, depending on your program of enrollment.

The first step in receive aid of any kind is to APPLY.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 015527.
  2. Fill out an NBSS Financial Aid Application here.
  3. Finish your Admissions Requirements. We can only provide aid packages for accepted students.
  4. Review and apply for for private scholarships. (see below)
  5. Learn about VA benefits, and about how our NBSS Yellow Ribbon Program can further support your education.


Contact Jamie Dergay, Director of Financial Aid, at or 617-227-0155 x115. You can also stop by during his regular office hours on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Grant & Scholarship Details

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Federal Pell Grants / MassGrants / Other State Grants

Federal grants are funded by the federal government and are considered 'gift-aid' which means it never has to be repaid. These grants are also based on your FAFSA. To learn more about the federal grant programs, please click here.

Students with a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of up to $5,328 can receive Pell grants up to $5,920 for the School year. View more information on the Pell Grant here.

MassGrants are available for Massachusetts residents only. You’ll need to complete your FAFSA application by May 1 to determine MassGrant eligibility for the next school year. View more information on MassGrants here.

Students from states other than Massachusetts should check their eligibility - please contact the state agency which runs the grant program for your home state by referencing the US Department of Education site.

Institutional Scholarships


Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the School is able to provide qualified students with tuition assistance. These one-year awards are based on financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, and like all gift aid, never need to be repaid. You must submit a FAFSA and an NBSS Financial Aid Application to be considered for a scholarship award from the School.

NBSS Scholarships awarded by the School can range between $2,500 and $7,300, depending on your program of enrollment. Our scholarship funds are limited, so you’ll have a better chance at getting this need-based aid if you submit your application early—by May 1 for a fall start date. However, meeting the deadline does not guarantee a grant or scholarship from the School.


In 2018, we proudly announced a new institutional scholarship to address a unique financial challenge faced by many of our students. Many non-traditional students and career changers come to NBSS already having earned a bachelor’s degree. Because federal rules prohibit holders of a bachelor’s degree from receiving a Federal Pell Grant, a valuable financial aid resource has been unavailable to some NBSS students. Pell, Yes!—our new institutional Pell Grant replacement program—makes these funds available to qualified applicants.


The NBSS Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) provides ‘full-ride’ scholarship awards to high-need individuals who experience significant barriers to employment. The School initiated WDI in 2012 to provide students from low-income backgrounds from Boston/Greater Boston with a clear pathway to the workforce. NBSS receives funding for these scholarships through various foundation and government grants.

The Initiative covers tuition and fees (minus federal Pell, state grants, and other scholarships, if applicable), tools, books, materials, public transportation, business cards, and a fee waiver for the School's Business Course. Some special considerations are made for residents of the City of Boston and graduates of Boston Public Schools. Please contact the NBSS Financial Aid Office for more information and to request an application.


Each year NBSS identifies at least one incoming student who is a resident of The City of Boston or a graduate of Boston Public Schools for a full-tuition scholarship.


The NBSS Yellow Ribbon Program helps to bridge the financial gap beyond regular VA benefits, and may be used towards tuition, tools, and materials. NBSS created this program to support our veteran students as we are currently unable to participate in the VA program of the same name, due to our status as a post-secondary career training institution.

Through initiatives like Pell, Yes! and the NBSS Yellow Ribbon Scholarship for veterans, NBSS strives to fill funding gaps left by traditional financial aid programs. Please contact the School's Financial Aid Office for more information about eligibility.

Private Scholarships

We encourage you to pursue private scholarship awards. Though you will need to spend time pursuing these on your own, they can be a valuable part of your educational financing plan. In most cases, private scholarships won’t reduce your existing, need-based financial aid.

Sources for finding private scholarships include high school counselors, libraries employment agencies, community organizations, and of course online. If you receive a private scholarship, you or the awarding organizations should submit notification letters to the NBSS Financial Aid Office. NOTE: Be wary of fee-based scholarship search services, as they are rarely more effective than searching on your own.