Grants & Scholarships

We understand that getting an education is a significant financial undertaking. Applying for financial aid is worthwhile process, and can be complex. We are here to help make your dreams of going to NBSS a reality.

The first step in receive aid of any kind—loans, grants, or scholarships—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 forms helps us consider additional options beyond the FAFSA.
  3. Finish your Admissions Requirements. We can only provide aid packages for accepted students.
  4. Search for private scholarships. (see below)
  5. If you are a U.S. veteran, make sure to view this page for info about possible VA benefits.

Federal Pell Grants and MassGrants

These grants are also based on your FAFSA results. Students with a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of up to $5,328 can receive Pell grants from $606 to $5,920 for the 2017-18 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.

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 a need-based grant if you submit your application early. However, meeting the deadline does not guarantee a grant or scholarship from the School.

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. Be wary of fee-based scholarship search services, as they are rarely more effective than searching on your own.

Private Scholarship List

Below is a listing of over 40 opportunities our Financial Aid Office has compiled, some of which our students have received.

If you receive a private scholarship, you or the awarding organizations should submit notification letters to the NBSS Financial Aid Office.


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.