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How do I register for a class?

Please visit our class calendar to register online. Registration is complete once payment is processed. Students must be at least 18 years old and complete a waiver form on-site. Private lessons can be set up for students under the age of 18. Please contact us for details.

How do I pay by check?

Checks may be sent to the School "Attn: Continuing Education." Please make checks payable to: North Bennet Street School Continuing Education. Include class title, class start date, and your phone number and email on the check. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

How to I pay with a Gift Certificate or Gift Card Code?

If you received a paper Gift Certificate, please call or email the Continuing Education Office to redeem. If you received a Gift Card Code, you may apply it at check out. For each type of gift certificate, additional balances may be paid by credit card.

Are there scholarships for Continuing Education classes?

There are currently no scholarships for NBSS Continuing Education classes. If you have been awarded a scholarship or have funding that you think may be applicable please contact the Continuing Education Office. Some examples are:

  • Veteran’s Association Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Benefits.
  • Veteran’s Association Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits (for the Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive only).
  • AmeriCorps Education Award Funding.

How do I get to NBSS? Is there Parking?

Transportation and local parking information can be found on our Visit page.

Does NBSS offer accommodation?

NBSS does not have any accommodations. Tips on where to stay can be found on our Visit page. Affordable short and long term housing can be found on websites like AirBnb. For classes from June through August, students can often stay in the dormitories at Massachusetts College of Art for a fraction of the cost of a hotel.

When should I arrive for my class?

Students may arrive half an hour early for class. When you arrive at 150 North Street, please sign in at the Front Desk and you will be directed to your class.

What should I bring with me to class?

Occasionally, classes require students to bring some of their own tools and supplies. The online descriptions will either have a link to a Supply List or it will note that all supplies are provided. We recommend saving your receipts for supplies in the event that a class is cancelled or the incorrect supply is purchased.

What should I wear to class?

This is a general list of how to dress for the shop environment, please contact the Continuing Education Office if you have any specific questions or needs.

  • Jeans, a t-shirt, and a good pair of shoes suffices for all shop environments.
  • No open-toed shoes.
  • No dresses or skirts (ok for Bookbinding classes).
  • No loose clothing or accessories.
  • Be prepared to tie back long hair.
  • Long pants suggested.
  • Supportive footwear suggested.

Will my class take breaks?

Generally classes break for about an hour for lunch. Shorter breaks are taken as needed throughout the day. There are many options to purchase food nearby. Many students gather to eat in the second floor of NBSS in the Windgate Gallery.

When will I find out if my class is cancelled due to low enrollment?

Classes that do not meet 50% enrollment one week before the class start date are often cancelled. Registered students will be notified and will receive a full refund. Occasionally, a class will run at less than 50% enrollment.

How do I cancel my registration? Is there a penalty for doing so?

Cancellations requests received at least 7 days before the class start date will be refunded less a $25.00 fee. Refunds are not given for cancellations received within 7 days of the class start time. Registrations are non-transferable NBSS does not issue credits. For online classes with kits, the cost of the kit is non-refundable. Cancellation policies for our Three-Month Furniture Making Intensive and Private Instruction classes are listed separately in each class description.

Are classes cancelled in bad weather?

Occasionally, classes are cancelled due to inclement weather for the safety of our staff and students. Check local news stations for school closings or call 617.227.0155 x300 for a recorded message. Cancellations are announced by 5:30am. Classes are made up as scheduling permits.