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.

Today, veterans make up approximately 20% of the School's student body, and are spread across a number of our full-time programs. Qualities that military training sharpens—commitment, organization, self-motivation, and self-reliance—are helpful in the immersive training environment at NBSS.

The School has established relationships with veteran advocacy groups such as 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.

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.

Full-time courses at NBSS qualify for veterans’ educational benefits through the Montgomery G.I. Bill and/or the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. You can check your eligibility status by calling the VA at 888-442-4551. Complete the Veteran’s Online Application for Benefits here.

You may additionally qualify for federal and state grants, or for an NBSS scholarship. Learn more about financial aid here.


The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill doesn’t always cover the complete cost of education and other expenses. The NBSS Yellow Ribbon Program seeks funding for additional expenses through grants and donations. Learn more about the NBSS Yellow Ribbon Program here.

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A Veteran's Story

Khounchai Linlavong CA '17

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.