Grants & Scholarships

Unlike loans, which are financial aid awards that must be repaid with interest, grants and scholarships are consider "gift aid," meaning they never need to be repaid. These come from federal, state, and private sources, in addition to our own NBSS funds as well.

Every year, NBSS distributes over $1.5M in financial aid of all kinds to qualified students in each of our programs, with nearly $500K coming directly from the School in the form of NBSS scholarships. Thanks to our generous donors, that number is expected to grow every year.

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 re-paid. 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.

NBSS Scholarships

NBSS has established a number scholarships thanks to our generous donors. These one-year awards are based on financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. You must submit a FAFSA and an NBSS Financial Aid Application to be considered for a scholarship award from the School.

NBSS Scholarships range between $1,800 and $7,300 depending on the program. Our scholarship funds are limited, so you’ll have a better chance at getting this need-based aidif 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.


North Bennet Street School is committed to helping people bridge the financial gap for career training. NBSS initiated the Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) in 2012 to provide Boston and Greater Boston students from low-income backgrounds a clear pathway to the workforce. The Initiative covers tuition and fees (minus federal Pell, state grants & other scholarships, if applicable), tools, books, materials, public transportation, a fee waiver for the NBSS Business Skills Course, and business cards.

Full and partial scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Funding is in partnership with grants and foundations. Some special considerations are made for residents of the City of Boston and graduates of Boston Public Schools. Contact the School's Financial Aid Office for more information.


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. Full and partial scholarships are currently available for qualified applicants that may cover tuition, tools, materials & travel for students in Carpentry, Locksmithing & Security Technology, or Piano Technology programs.


Available to qualified veterans. Contact the NBSS Financial Aid Office for more information.


Workforce Development Scholarships provide ‘full-ride’ scholarship awards to high-need individuals who experience significant barriers to employment. For example, applicants who live in high poverty areas, are ex-offenders or have other CORI issues, are homeless or near-homeless, use housing vouchers or receive TANF benefits may qualify for a Workforce Development Scholarship. NBSS receives funding for these scholarships through various foundation and government grants.


Generous donors have made possible a wide range of additional support to qualified NBSS students. Some of these are based on financial need, and others are based on merit. Like all forms of grant and scholarship aid, new and returning students must complete both a FAFSA and the NBSS financial aid application to be considered for these.

  • The Surdam-Murphy Scholarship (Piano Technology)
  • Board of Advisors Endowed Scholarship
  • Lisa von Clemm Bookbinding Scholarship
  • Partners in Craft (Carpentry & Preservation Carpentry)
  • Vin Kennedy (veterans and/or immigrants)
  • Gladys Brooks Foundation Scholarship (based on merit)
  • Harold Whitworth Pierce Scholarship Endowment
  • Linn Foundation Veterans Program Endowment
  • Heskett Scholarship (Bookbinding)
  • Manton Foundation Scholarship
  • Western Ohio Woodworking Organization Scholarship
  • Walter McDonald Scholarship Fund
  • Hess Scholarship Fund (Violin Making)
  • Comly (Piano Technology)
  • NH Charitable Foundation (Jewelry Making & Repair)
  • Cabot (New Hampshire residents only)
  • Lovett-Woodsum
  • CHT (Preservation Carpentry)
  • Copeland (South Shore residents only)
  • Ddora Foundation (based on merit)

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.



The first step in receive aid of any kind is to APPLY. Doing so is easy, and it’s never too early to get started.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 015527.
  2. Fill out an NBSS Financial Aid Application here. This form helps us consider additional options beyond the FAFSA.
  3. Finish your Admissions Requirements. We can only provide aid packages for accepted students.
  4. Review and apply for for private scholarships. (see above)
  5. If you are a U.S. veteran, make sure to view this page for info about possible VA benefits.


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.