NBSS has a long history of working with veterans to educate them for careers in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship. Since 1920, we have embraced America’s military service members and their families, helping them to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods.
As a veteran, you’ll be in good company here at NBSS. A large portion of our alumni, and nearly 20% of the School's student body have served in the military. Qualities that military training sharpens—commitment, organization, self-motivation, and self-reliance—are helpful in the immersive training environment at NBSS.
Applying for Financial Aid
We’re here to help you make the most of your veterans educational benefits, under which all of our Full-Time programs qualify.* To get started, complete these steps:
- Apply for benefits with the Veterans Administration here, by calling the VA at 888-442-4551, or in person with your Regional Office. Then email your "Certificate of Eligibility" form to Jamie Dergay at firstname.lastname@example.org, our School Certifying Official (SCO).
- Complete the FAFSA application. Use school code 015527.
- Fill out an NBSS Financial Aid Application.
- Finish your Admissions Requirements. Aid packages are only provided once accepted.
- Search for private scholarships. Review this list of over 40 possible sources.
Our Full-Time programs and Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive qualify for veterans' educational benefits through the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Chapter 33. Our Full-Time programs (not the Three-Month course) qualify for veterans' educational benefits through Vocational and Rehabilitation Benefits, Chapter 31. Current annual maximum benefit level for the G.I. Bill is $22,805, with a $2,922/month housing allowance based on the School's geographic location. Check your benefit eligibility status by calling the VA at 888-442-4551. (Download a PDF here for more information on using benefits for the Three-Month Furniture Intensive.)
The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill doesn’t always cover the complete cost of education and other expenses. 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 unique program to support our veteran students and thank them for their service. Learn more about the NBSS Yellow Ribbon Program here.
In addition to resources made available to all students of the School, our Student Veterans Organization (NBSS SVO) provides personal and professional assistance, direction, and support for a successful transition from military to student life, and employment beyond NBSS. The School has established relationships with Veterans Affairs, the Wounded Warrior Project, The City of Boston Department of Veteran Services, The New England Center for Homeless Veterans, the Red Sox Foundation, MGH Home Base Program, Veterans Upward Bound, and The Boston Vet Center.
Recent graduate and Army veteran Khounchai Linlavong CA '17 gave a moving speech describing his road to recovery and how the Carpentry program changed his life. Watch the video of his speech here.