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Catalog September 2019 – June 2020
Published October 2018. NBSS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission
of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). All images by NBSS.
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A Good Life, Built by Hand 3

    An Education in Craftsmanship 11

         Full-Time Programs 12

      Meaningful Work and Life 31

Application Information and Procedures 34

         Academic Calendar 40

                Apply 41
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North Bennet Street School’s mission is to train
                                                students for careers in traditional trades that use hand
                                                skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve
                                                and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater
                                                appreciation of craftsmanship.

                                                The School’s intensive, hands-on training helps students
                                                from around the world to achieve meaningful lives
                                                and livelihoods. We encourage individual growth
                                                and curiosity, along with technical mastery and a
                                                commitment to excellence.

                                                NBSS was founded in 1881 in Boston as North Bennet
                                                Street Industrial School. The School’s original mission
                                                was to assist immigrants as they adjusted to their new
                                                country by providing the training needed for gainful
                                                employment. Pauline Agassiz Shaw, the School’s
                                                founder, was committed to teaching a wide variety of
                                                skills and providing social services such as educating
                                                children in kindergarten programs, recreational activities,
                                                and prevocational and trade training. Vocational training
                                                classes were offered in pottery, printing, sewing,
                                                sheet-metal work, and watch repair as well as the
                                                carpentry, cabinet making, and jewelry making classes
                                                that continue today.

                                                From the start, NBSS implemented a Swedish system of
                                                craftsmanship training known as “Sloyd.” This method
                                                focuses on the development of character, intellectual
                                                capacity, and hand skills, including an understanding
                                                of tools, materials, and processes. It also encourages a

                                                great sense of care and a commitment to excellence.
                                                Ultimately, the method seeks to teach the “whole
                                                person” how to make a living and how to lead a fuller life.

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At the School’s core are nine             We teach and uphold the
                                                 Full-Time, professional programs,         principles and practices of the
                                                 each of which offer intensive,            craftsmanship tradition:
                                                 hands-on training:
                                                                                           • Skillful use of hand tools and
                                                 • Bookbinding                               power equipment
                                                 • Cabinet & Furniture Making              • Informed choice of materials
                                                 • Carpentry                               • Creative problem-solving based
                                                 • Jewelry Making & Repair                   on best practices

                                                 • Locksmithing & Security                 • A dedication to the highest
                                                   Technology                                quality work

                                                 • Basic Piano Technology                  In addition to Full-Time programs,
                                                 • Advanced Piano Technology               NBSS offers a wide range of
                                                 • Preservation Carpentry                  Continuing Education classes.
                                                                                           They are designed both for
                                                 • Violin Making & Repair
                                                                                           amateurs interested in learning a
                                                                                           new skill, for professionals
                                                 We offer a supportive and stimulating
                                                                                           who seek to strengthen their
                                                 learning environment for those who
                                                                                           technical understanding, and for
                                                 share a passion for fine craftsmanship.
                                                                                           those interested in qualifying for
                                                 Our faculty are highly experienced
                                                                                           Full-Time programs.
                                                 professionals, who instill in students
                                                 a sense of care in their work and a       Classes are taught by accomplished
                                                 commitment to excellence.                 professionals and master craftspeople,
                                                                                           including many who are graduates
                                                 Though we’ve used the same teaching
                                                                                           of the School’s Full-Time programs.
                                                 approach for more than a century, our
                                                                                           Lectures, demonstrations, and bench
                                                 course design is always evolving. We
                                                                                           exercises are combined in class to
                                                 shape our course content around the
                                                                                           provide students with a range of
                                                 recommendations of our students,
                                                                                           information and practical experience.
                                                 graduates, employers, and artisans.
                                                 Our goal is to prepare you for a          *Continuing Education courses are not included in the
                                                 successful career, where you’ll use       School’s institutional accreditation.

AN EDUCATION IN                                  hand skills to build objects that last.
                                                 In addition to hands-on work,
                                                 you’ll also participate in lectures,

                                                 reading assignments, field trips,
                                                 and discussions. This provides
                                                 context for the skills and ideas you’ll
                                                 learn, making for a well-rounded
                                                 learning experience.

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                         This two-year, comprehensive program teaches
                       students how to make, restore, and preserve books,
                          archival materials, and other printed matter.

During the first year, you’ll learn the history and     FACULTY
development of this traditional craft, as well as       Jeffrey Altepeter BB ’99 is an instructor
develop a host of necessary skills. You’ll make         and the Department Head. He is also a
a variety of historical and modern binding              2003 graduate of the American Academy
structures, boxes, and other protective                 of Bookbinding.
enclosures. The repair of cloth and paper
bindings will supplement your understanding             Martha Kearsley BB ’95 is a bindery owner,
of the way books function and break down.               and has extensive experience in conservation.

Toward the end of the first year and
throughout the second year you will create
and repair leather bindings. During your                Our Bookbinding graduates work in a wide
second year, you’ll have the opportunity to             variety of careers in binderies and conservation
choose additional projects that reflect your            labs. Some employers of students and
personal career goals in conservation, fine             graduates have included:
binding, or other areas of the field.
                                                        • Universities such as Harvard, Columbia,
Additional learning takes place outside of the            Michigan State, Indiana University, Duke,
classroom—through exhibits, conferences,                  Texas A&M, UCLA, and UC Berkeley
and field trips to binderies, historic collections,
                                                        • US National Archives and
private studios, and conservation labs.
                                                          Records Administration
                                                        • Federal Emergency Management Agency
                                                        • Boston Athenaeum
“Going to NBSS was an
                                                        • National Park Service
investment in my future.                                • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
I now have a unique set                                 • Boston Public Library
of timeless skills that I                               • Huntington Library
can use to earn a living.”                              • Rare Book School
AMANDA NELSEN BB ’07                                    • Winterthur/University of Delaware

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                                                              Cabinet &
                                                           Furniture Making
                                                            Our two-year program teaches fine craftsmanship through
                                                           projects based on 18th- and 19th-century furniture designs.

                                                 With these traditional models as a foundation,      Matt Wajda CF ‘01 has over 15 years of
                                                 you’ll be able to design and build furnishings of   experience, is a member of the Guild of New
                                                 any era you choose.                                 Hampshire Woodworkers, and contributes to
                                                                                                     Fine Woodworking Magazine.
                                                 As a custom furniture maker at NBSS, you’ll
                                                 learn how to use and maintain both hand             In addition to the regular faculty, we have artisans
                                                 tools and power equipment. You’ll estimate          and historians lead workshops. Recent guests in-
                                                 costs, choose materials, and prepare working        clude Peter Follansbee, Michael Patrick Wheeler
                                                 drawings for each project. You’ll cut various       CF ’77, David Wood, Joseph Karagezian, Paula
                                                 joints, turn, carve, and bend wood, apply           Garbarino CA ’80, CF ’88, Ellen Kaspern CF ’03,
                                                 marquetry or veneers. You’ll develop the            and Peter Galbert.
                                                 knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary
                                                 to create thoughtful furniture pieces to            CAREERS
                                                 exacting standards.
                                                                                                     Graduates of our Cabinet & Furniture Making
                                                 The expansive program space includes a large        program work in a wide variety of careers, from
                                                 bench room, demonstration area, library, and        running independent custom shops, to conserving
                                                 finishing room. Students take regular field trips   pieces in historic collections, to working for
                                                 to view private and museum collections, and to      larger manufacturers, contractors, or designers.
                                                 visit the shops of prominent local woodworkers.     Alumni write articles and books on furniture
                                                                                                     making, present at shows and conferences, and
                                                                                                     help educate the next generation as faculty of
                                                                                                     woodworking programs and schools. Notably, the
                                                 Dan Faia CF ’94 is both an instructor and           Society of Period American Furniture Makers has
                                                 the Department Head. He has over 20 years           presented the prestigious Cartouche Award to
“I would not be where                            of experience in all aspects of furniture           four of our graduates, and to the School as well.
I am today had I not                             making, and runs a custom furniture shop
                                                 in New Hampshire.                                   Through bench exercises and building projects,
attended NBSS. I learned                                                                             students learn techniques using hand and
that if I do something                           Steve Brown CF ’90 is a contributor to              power tools and gain an understanding of the
                                                 Fine Woodworking Magazine and American              methods and construction strategies used to
well, the rest will fall                         Furniture Journal, and has work in museum and       create high-quality custom pieces. By drawing
into place.”                                     private collections.                                from the rich tradition of 18th and early 19th
                                                                                                     century American furniture, the program aims
NIKOLAUS MELLER CF ’94                           Lance Patterson CF ’79 has designed and
                                                                                                     to inform and enhance any design aspirations
                                                 built custom furniture for over 35 years. He
                                                                                                     by providing a solid foundation in fine furniture
                                                 was recently named a 2016 Mentor in Design
                                                                                                     making. Graduates enter fields such as cabinet
                                                 by Design New England Magazine.
                                                                                                     and furniture making, architectural millwork and
                                                                                                     furniture repair, restoration, and conservation.

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                                Our program encourages a commitment
                                to excellence and a mastery of the craft.

In nine months, you’ll be able to jump-start            FACULTY
your carpentry career and earn a return on              Brian Vogt PC ’94 is an instructor and the
your educational investment. A student to               Department Head. He’s worked in some of
teacher ratio of 13:1 gives you plenty of               the finest cabinetry and architectural millwork
one-on-one time with your instructors,                  shops in Boston and is an adjunct professor at
who are master carpenters.                              the Boston Architectural College.

In this program, you’ll learn how to construct          Geoffrey Shaw PC ’94 has worked in the
and renovate residential buildings. Both hand           construction field for 23 years. He has taught
tool and machine skills are taught, as are the          workshops throughout Boston and farther
different practices of current and emerging             afield, in northern India.
industry standards. You’ll experience the
importance of working together safely and
efficiently on building sites to meet your
clients’ needs.                                         Graduates of our Carpentry program enjoy
                                                        careers like residential remodeling, contractor
Our Carpentry facilities are well-suited                work, project management, and many
for lectures, benchwork, and small building             others. Some of the jobs our graduates
projects. In addition, you’ll work off-site             have held include:
on construction that may include house
additions, garages, or similar projects.                • Lead carpenter for high-end remodeling
                                                          and cabinetmaking business
                                                        • Finish carpenter for a large contractor
 “NBSS taught me how                                    • Job supervisor for high-end
 to build a house from                                    renovator/remodeler

 start to finish, the big                               • Assistant project manager at a
                                                          commercial construction company
 picture perspective.                                   • Owner of a residential remodeling company
 Everybody should                                       • Carpenter for the State of Massachusetts
 learn this way.”

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                                                                 Jewelry Making
                                                                    & Repair
                                                                      The two-year, comprehensive program prepares
                                                                     students to become professionals in the industry.

                                                  The program attracts students from around           FACULTY
                                                  the world who share a love of materials, artistic   Ann Cahoon JM ’02 is an instructor and the
                                                  expression, and working with their hands to         Department Head. She is active in the trade
                                                  make jewelry that transcends time.                  and has a BFA in Metalsmithing, Jewelry, and
                                                                                                      Ceramics from the Maine College of Art.
                                                  Jewelry fabrication and stone setting requires
                                                                                                      She has been a finalist in the Saul Bell Design
                                                  exceptional hand skills, focus, and a thorough
                                                                                                      Awards gold and platinum category, and has
                                                  understanding of materials. Throughout your
                                                                                                      been recognized by the Santa Fe Symposium
                                                  studies, you’ll continuously challenge yourself
                                                                                                      on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology for
                                                  and fine-tune your skills. You’ll create and
                                                                                                      her research. Ann also writes, lectures and
                                                  repair jewelry of lasting value using traditional
                                                                                                      judges for the MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers
                                                  techniques and modern technology.
                                                                                                      & Suppliers of America), and has produced a
                                                  You’ll work on increasingly complex projects        number of instructional videos
                                                  to develop proficiency in:                          for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.

                                                  • Using a full range of jeweler’s hand-tools
                                                  • Identification of metals and stones
                                                                                                      Graduates of the Jewelry Making & Repair
                                                  • Metal forming techniques                          program work as bench jewelers and designers
                                                  • Polishing, soldering, and engraving               for companies of all sizes, and are owners of
                                                                                                      custom jewelry shops. Our graduates have held
                                                  • Laser welding
                                                                                                      jobs such as:
                                                  • Silver, gold, and platinum fabrication
                                                                                                      • Fashion jewelry designers
                                                  • Wax model making
     “With time and patience,                                                                         • Goldsmiths
                                                  • Jewelry repair
     I saw my abilities                                                                               • Fine jewelry designers
                                                  • Advanced jewelry construction
     transform by learning                                                                            • Retail jewelry store owners
                                                  • Stone setting
     from seasoned, talented                                                                          • Design directors for jewelry manufacturers
     jewelers. I completed                                                                            • Studio and gallery owners

     projects that I never                                                                            • Hand engravers

     thought I could make.”                                                                           • Stone setters


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        Locksmithing &
      Security Technology
                         The comprehensive program allows students to
                          jump-start a locksmithing career and quickly
                         earn a return on their educational investment.

In the hands-on, nine-month program students             The program space includes individual
study with an experienced locksmith in small             benches for each student, a room for
classes. The program will give you a firm grasp          instruction and demonstration, a resource
of the fundamentals and allows you to do                 library, and all the major equipment and
high-quality work after graduating.                      tools you would find in a locksmithing shop.
                                                         Classes meet five days a week in the mornings,
You’ll learn locksmithing through a combination          and after your second semester, you can
of classroom theory, lectures, demonstrations,           work part-time while continuing to learn
hands-on benchwork, surveying, and                       the trade in class.
installation. You’ll graduate with the ability to
service and repair all types of residential and
commercial door-locking devices. You’ll also
be familiar with security technology such as             Barb Baker LK ’04 is both an instructor and
electronic access control systems.                       the Department Head. She is a Member of
                                                         the Associated Locksmiths of America, and
                                                         is a Board Member of the Massachusetts
                                                         Locksmiths Association.
“Everything was
explained in great
                                                         Graduates of our Locksmithing & Security
detail. I was able                                       Technology program work for schools, security
to experience                                            firms, small businesses, and on their own. They
                                                         have a variety of career options, such as:
through observation,
problem solving,                                         • Locksmith, safe technician, or safe repairer

and repetitive work                                      • Forensic locksmith
                                                         • Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
what I was capable
                                                         • Certified Master Safecracker (CMS)
of accomplishing.”
                                                         • Certified Master Safe Technician (CMST)
                                                         • Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL)

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                                                                    1 YEAR PROGRAM ADVANCED PIANO                 9 STUDENTS

                                                           Piano Technology
                                                        Our comprehensive programs give you the skills you need to start
                                                          a successful business and pursue a deeply satisfying career.

                                                 We offer two nine-month courses—Basic              72-piano service contract with the Boston
                                                 Piano Technology (PT) and Advanced Piano           Public School system. Each year, PA students
                                                 Technology (PA)—both of which provide              work in teams of two or three to dismantle,
                                                 intensive training with master faculty in a        rebuild, and repair grand pianos.
                                                 stimulating environment.
                                                 Both programs attract students who share
                                                 a passion for music, problem solving and           David Betts PT ’72 is an instructor and the
                                                 mechanics, and the hand skills used to restore     Department Head. He is a Registered Piano
                                                 and care for beautiful musical instruments. Our    Technician and has worked as a self-employed
                                                 facilities include two bench rooms and sixteen     technician and rebuilder for more than
                                                 individual practice rooms, outfitted with a        40 years.
                                                 variety of pianos. Combined with business          Debbie Cyr PA ’93 is a Registered Piano
                                                 instruction, you’ll have the opportunity to        Technician with a passion for teaching. She has
                                                 develop the skills and knowledge to become         an extensive tuning clientele, and is an active
                                                 a successful technician.                           instructor and examiner at conferences around
                                                                                                    the nation.
                                                 BASIC PIANO TECHNOLOGY                             Emily Townsend PT ’07, PA ’08 is a
                                                 The PT program covers all phases of aural          Registered Piano Technician and runs an active
                                                 piano tuning, including the concepts on which      tuning business. She holds a degree in piano
                                                 equal temperament is founded. You’ll learn to      performance, and has served as a technician
                                                 tune, regulate, and repair the actions of both     at prominent music festivals nationwide.
                                                 upright and grand pianos. Classes include          Louis del Bene PT ’06, PA ’07 is a
“One can’t                                       hands-on work, lectures, and field trips to such   Registered Piano Technician. He served as
                                                 venues as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,       President & Vice President in the Central
overemphasize                                    Mason & Hamlin Factory in Haverhill, the           North Carolina chapter of the Piano
the industry                                     Steinway factory in Long Island City, as well as   Technicians Guild and later, as Vice
                                                 various workshops and collections throughout       President for the San Francisco chapter.
respect this school                              New England.
has. Attending                                                                                      CAREERS
NBSS is a fast                                   ADVANCED PIANO TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                                    Graduates of our Piano Technology Program
                                                 The PA program focuses on the entire piano
track to a career.”                                                                                 have a variety of successful career choices. In
                                                 and comprehensive piano service. This includes     addition to being independent entrepreneurs,
BRIAN TURANO PT ’13, PA ’14                      advanced tuning and regulation practice, and       our graduates hold positions at piano
                                                 resolving service problems that occur in the       companies, colleges and universities, concert
                                                 field—an example of which is the School’s          halls, recording studios, and music festivals.

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              The comprehensive Preservation Carpentry program teaches
               the time-honored skills and values of fine craftsmanship.

Our students share a love of history, materials,        FACULTY
quality workmanship, and working with their             Steven O’Shaughnessy PC ’99 instructs
hands to build, restore, and preserve beautiful         first-year students and is the Department
structures that last.                                   Head. He’s worked for Historic New England,
                                                        served as an instructor for Boston YouthBuild’s
The two-year program combines an
                                                        preservation carpentry component, and runs
introduction to contemporary residential
                                                        his own business making custom doors and
construction with a foundation in pre-20th
                                                        restoring historic windows.
century New England home construction.
You’ll learn a broad range of construction              Michael Burrey instructs second-year
methods, including stabilizing endangered               students. He specializes in timber-frame
buildings, preserving architectural details, and        joinery and has researched and re-created
recreating historical design elements. Through          17th century methods of roof thatching,
lectures, hands-on projects, and collaborative          interior walls, and paint finishes. He studied
field work, you’ll gain an understanding of how         Early American and Colonial Life, later working
current technology compares to traditional              as an Interpretive Artisan at Plimoth Plantation.
techniques. You’ll graduate with the skills
needed to work with contractors and                     CAREERS
institutions specializing in preservation
work, including historical millwork and                 Graduates of the program go on to be
interior finish carpentry.                              restoration carpenters, museum conservators,
                                                        owners of full-service design/build companies,
The program space includes first and second             and more. Some of the notable organizations
year bench rooms, where each student is                 for which they’ve worked include:
assigned a bench and work space, and a central
machine room. New England’s rich historical             • National Park Service                             “If you want to set
legacy of pre-20th century buildings provides           • The Trustees of Reservations                      yourself apart, NBSS
exceptional field projects. Such site work is
often done in collaboration with non-profit
                                                        • Historic Charleston Foundation                    will give you more
museums and historical sites.                           • Harvard Museum of Natural History                 credibility and knowledge
                                                        • Historic New England
                                                                                                            than you could get with
                                                        • Historic Preservation Training Center
                                                                                                            10 years in the field.”
                                                        • Mount Auburn Cemetery
                                                                                                            BRENT HULL PC ’93
                                                        • Peabody Essex Museum
                                                        • Star Island Builders

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                                                                    Violin Making
                                                                      & Repair
                                                               The three-year, comprehensive program is one of the few
                                                                 full-time instrument making programs in the U.S.

                                                 The curriculum provides a solid foundation           Roman actively participates in acoustic
                                                 to the art and science of stringed instrument        research, which includes co-authoring with
                                                 making, and an introduction to restoration.          scientists from MIT the research paper
                                                                                                      “Evolution of Air Resonance Power Efficiency
                                                 Violin Making & Repair is learned through            in the Violin and Its Ancestors” The paper
                                                 hands-on work. The program follows the               was published in Royal Society and was the
                                                 highest standards of the craft and teaches           product of over eight years of collaboration.
                                                 repair, restoration, and set-up of stringed
                                                 instruments. Over the course of this three-year
                                                 program, you’ll build six violins and a viola.       GUEST LECTURERS

                                                 Students, alumni, and faculty regularly receive      In addition, we often have established
                                                 international recognition for the craftsmanship      artisans visit the School to lead workshops
                                                 and tonality of their instruments.                   and special classes. Some of our guest
                                                                                                      lecturers have included:
                                                                                                      • Andrew Ryan
                                                 Roman Barnas is an instructor and the                • Philippe Raynaud
                                                 Department Head. He began making his first
                                                 violins at age 14, and later went on to study        • Paul Wiessmeyer
                                                 music and violin making at the Paderewski            • David Hawthorne
                                                 Academy of Music in Poland. Since then,
                                                                                                      • Marco Coppiardi
                                                 Roman went on to work as a violin maker and
                                                 restorer, working at the highest levels of quality   • Kevin Kelly VM ’92
                                                 and expertise. In 2010 Roman earned a                • Chris Reuning
                                                 Certificate of Merit for Tone for his violin
                                                                                                      • Ben Ruth
                                                 at the Violin Society of America competition.

                                                 “It’s rare to find an                                Graduates of our Violin Making & Repair
                                                 institution where great                              program are often employed by the most
                                                                                                      prestigious violin shops as makers and
                                                 value is placed upon                                 restorers. Other graduates choose to become
                                                 tradition, time-honored                              self-employed luthiers. Others go on to be
                                                                                                      shop owners of full service string instrument
                                                 technique, and plain                                 shops. They repair, restore, and build violins
                                                 old hard work.”                                      and cellos.

                                                 JESS FOX VM ’06

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NBSS students are ambitious, passionate, and diverse.
                                                 They are recent high school graduates, former college
                                                 students, and white-collar professionals. They are
                                                 returning veterans, single parents, and recently married,
                                                 starting new families. Students come from Boston,
                                                 from surrounding New England states, from across the
                                                 country, and around the world.

                                                 Training students for careers in traditional trades is at
                                                 the very heart of our mission, and we aim to make the
                                                 student experience just as rewarding. Our Student Life &
                                                 Career Services Office will help you feel comfortable and
                                                 connected, gain new experiences, and prepare you for
                                                 your future career.

                                                 While hands-on focused work is at the core of the NBSS
                                                 experience, students are able to relax and socialize away
                                                 from their bench. Outside of the classroom, students
                                                 attend social events, career workshops, a business
                                                 preparation course, and public lectures that enhance
                                                 their hands-on instruction. A weekly PB&J lunch, regular
                                                 student events, student group meetings, and a host of
                                                 other activities offer more opportunities for learning,
                                                 fun, and socializing.

                                                 NBSS programs are rigorous. Instructors expect students
                                                 to perform all required work and to do it to the highest
                                                 standard within a supportive, stimulating environment.
                                                 Programs are geared towards tangible outcomes and
                                                 career training. Small classes allow instructors to provide

                                                 individual attention. Equally valuable is the opportunity
                                                 for students to help and learn from each other. Students
                                                 come from across the country and around the world and
                                                 their diverse life and work experiences encourage a lively

                                                 exchange of ideas and perspectives. It is common for
                                                 program graduates to remain involved with the School,
                                                 offering their insight and expertise as guest lecturers,
                                                 instructors, networking contacts, and employers.

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NBSS instructors have a range of diverse
                                                  STUDENT BENEFITS
experience. Many are NBSS graduates and
have taught for more than 10 years. Faculty       • Social events like our PB&J Wednesdays,
members often lecture at national meetings,         Rally At The Alley bowling tournament,
demonstrate at conferences, and write for           Open Mic Night, and other annual/
industry publications. In addition to teaching,     holiday parties.
faculty members continue to practice their        • Interest groups such as the Student Veterans
craft, work on commissions, and exhibit and         Organization and LGBTQ+ Student Group.
sell their work.
                                                  • A seven-session Business Fundamentals
                                                    Course that builds your knowledge in
FACILITIES                                          everything from contracts to marketing.
Located in Boston’s historic North End, the       • Opportunities to display your work at
School’s facility includes workshops and            national, regional, and local shows/exhibits.
classrooms that provide the bench space,
                                                  • Access to our Jobs & Commissions Board
equipment, and machinery necessary for the
                                                    to explore employment opportunities.
highest quality instruction in each program.
The education spaces, admissions, academic,       • Housing resources to help you search
student services, and administrative offices        for living space.
are located within one facility making it easy    • Details on health insurance, local gyms,
for students to connect with peers, faculty,        health clinics, hospitals, and wellness services.
and staff. A store and exhibit space provide
                                                  • Information about voter registration,
additional resources for students and
                                                    transportation, and child care.
the public.
                                                  • Discounted rates for Continuing Education
                                                    courses at NBSS.

North Bennet Street School is located in
                                                  ALUMNI NETWORK
Boston, ranked among the world's top cities
for its history, culture, green space, and        Our intimate, close-knit community of
careers. We love our historic North End           craftspeople continues even beyond
neighborhood, which is easily accessible          graduation. Over 3,000 NBSS alumni live
by transit, and an ideal place for dining,        around the world, and many of the School’s
shopping, and more, all within a few walkable     instructors are alumni. Our alumni community
blocks. For these reasons and more, Boston        provides invaluable insight into the
provides a wonderful backdrop for the training    professional lives and careers of graduates.
that occurs in the classroom.                     Students can gain mentorship from alumni,
                                                  and connections with potential employers,
                                                  colleagues, and organizations through
                                                  this network.
NBSS does not have dorms or residence
halls. What we do have is a central Boston
location in a residential neighborhood,
accessible by public transportation to dozens
of neighborhoods and local communities.
The Student Life & Career Services Office
has created helpful resources for students
research housing options.

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Application Requirements                                  Bookbinding                                               Carpentry                                                Locksmithing &                                            Basic Piano Technology                                  • Tuition is $25,500* per year totaling $51,000**
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 with the option of making 18 monthly payments
                                                                                                                                                                             Security Technology                                                                                                 of $2,833.
Please submit all of your required admissions materials   ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENT                        ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENT                                                                                 PROGRAM INFORMATION
(Word, PDF, or JPG files) through the upload form on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • The estimated cost of hand tools is $3,700.
                                                          A portfolio of your work of 6–8 images, either digital
                                                                                                                    A math test. If you provide evidence of achieving a B    ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS                       • Students are admitted in September.
our website, to, or to our mailing    or printed, including your name and brief descriptions.                                                                                                                                                                              • The estimated cost of books is $250.
                                                                                                                    grade or better in high school algebra or beyond, you
address. Please include your full name and program of                                                                                                                        • A scheduled skill test once your application            • The maximum enrollment is 16 students.
                                                                                                                    may be excused from taking the test.                                                                                                                                       • Students are responsible for materials for
interest on all submission materials.                                                                                                                                          is submitted.
                                                          PROGRAM INFORMATION                                                                                                                                                          • Classes meet 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday,        their projects.
                                                                                                                                                                             • CORI Report to ensure employability.                      September through May.
                                                          • Students are admitted in September.                     PROGRAM INFORMATION                                                                                                                                                        • Students are responsible for their own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • The program length is one, nine-month academic          transportation to site work and class trips.
A completed application, online or hard copy              • The maximum enrollment is 16 students.
                                                                                                                    • Students are admitted in September.                    PROGRAM INFORMATION                                         year (36 weeks or 1260 class hours***).
                                                          • Classes meets 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday,                                                                                                                                                                                  • Students who complete the program receive
                                                                                                                    • The maximum enrollment is 26 students.                                                                           • Tuition is $25,500* with the option of making 9         a Diploma of Preservation Carpentry.
TRANSCRIPTS                                                 September through May.                                                                                           • Students are admitted in September and February.
                                                                                                                    • Classes typically meet 7:30 am - 2:30 pm,                                                                          monthly payments of $2,833.
One of the following is required showing that you                                                                                                                            • The maximum enrollment 13 students.
                                                          • The program length is two, nine-month academic
completed your studies:                                                                                               Monday - Friday, September through May.                                                                          • The estimated cost of hand tools is $1,500.
                                                            years (72 weeks or 2340 class hours***).                                                                         • Classes meet 7:30 am - 12:30 pm, Monday - Friday,
                                                                                                                      When working on-site, four-day work weeks with                                                                                                                           * The tuition rate is for students entering NBSS
• Official high school transcript or equivalency,                                                                                                                              September through May.                                  • Estimated cost of transportation for trips is $300.
                                                          • Tuition is $25,000* per year totaling $50,000**,          longer days (until 4:30pm) are common.                                                                                                                                     between September 2019 and June 2010.
  including GED®, HiSet™, or certified homeschool                                                                                                                                                                                      • Students who complete the program receive a
                                                            with the option of making 18 monthly payments of                                                                 • The program length is one, nine-month academic                                                                  ** NBSS reserves the right to increase tuition in
  transcript.                                                                                                       • The program length is one, nine-month academic
                                                            $2,778.                                                                                                            year (36 weeks or 900 class hours***).                    Certificate of Basic Piano Technology.                  the second and subsequent years of a program.
                                                                                                                      year (36 weeks or 1170 class hours***).
• Official post-secondary transcript(s) including                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                See page 36 under Tuition for full details.
                                                          • The estimated cost of hand tools is $1,700                                                                       • Tuition is $21,000* with the option of making 9
  Associate, Bachelor or advanced degree.                                                                           • Tuition is $25,500* with the option of making 9                                                                                                                          *** Class hours equals clock hours.
  International students, see #8.                         • The estimated cost of materials is $1,300.                monthly payments of $2,833.                              monthly payments of $2,333.

• Transcripts should be sent from the school, either      • The estimated cost of transportation, room and          • The estimated cost of hand tools is $2,500.            • The estimated cost of hand tools is $1,900.             Advanced Piano Technology
  via email or postal mail.                                 board for optional class trips is $100-$3,000.
                                                          • Students who complete the program receive a
                                                                                                                    • The estimated cost of books is $250.                   • The estimated cost of books is $200.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PROGRAM INFORMATION                                     Additional Requirements for
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION                                   Diploma of Bookbinding.
                                                                                                                    • The cost of materials is $900, billed as monthly
                                                                                                                      installments of $100.
                                                                                                                                                                             • The estimated cost of transportation, room and
                                                                                                                                                                               board for the class trip is $100.                       • Students are admitted in September                    International Students
Two letters of recommendation are required,                                                                                                                                                                                            • The maximum enrollment is 9 students.
preferably from an instructor, mentor, employer, or                                                                 • Students are responsible for their own                 • Students who complete the program receive a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
client. Letters should be submitted through the online                                                                transportation to site work.                             Diploma of Locksmithing & Security Technology.          • Classes meet 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday,
form, emailed, or mailed. Letters must include the        Cabinet & Furniture Making                                • Students who complete the program receive a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         September through May.                                Proficiency in the English language is required of
recommender’s contact information and should speak                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             all students. You must complete at least one of the
                                                                                                                      Diploma of Carpentry.                                                                                            • The program length is one, nine-month academic
to your abilities and potential to succeed in your
program of interest.
                                                          ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENT
                                                          A portfolio of your work of 6–8 images, either digital
                                                                                                                                                                             Violin Making & Repair                                      year (36 weeks or 1260 class hours***).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Tuition is $25,500* with the option of making 9
                                                          or printed, including your name and brief descriptions.                                                                                                                                                                                (TOEFL, 525 PBT/70 IBT) or English Language

                                                                                                                    Jewelry Making & Repair                                  ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS                         monthly payments of $2,833.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Testing System (IELTS, 5.5) and submit your score
                                                                                                                                                                             • A portfolio of your work including 6 – 8 images,        • Estimated cost of hand tools is $800.                   with the application for admission.
A one-page typed, double-spaced essay detailing           PROGRAM INFORMATION
your experience, reasons for applying, professional                                                                 ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS                        either digital or printed, and labeled with your name   • Estimated cost of transportation for trips is $300.   • Successfully complete your English as Second
                                                          • Students are admitted in September and February.                                                                   and brief descriptions. The portfolio requirement
goals, and what you can contribute to the program                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Language (ESL) courses and submit your
                                                                                                                    • A portfolio of your work of 6–8 images, either                                                                   • The NBSS Basic Piano Technology program, being
and the industry.                                         • The maximum enrollment is 41 students.                                                                             may be waived for advanced musicians.                                                                             transcript/certificate.
                                                                                                                      digital or printed, including your name and brief                                                                  a Registered Piano Technician (RPT), or equivalent
                                                          • Classes meet 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday,          descriptions.                                          • A math test. If you provide evidence of achieving a       experience is a prerequisite for this program.        • Successfully complete college level English courses
RESUME                                                      September through May.                                                                                             B grade or better in high school algebra or beyond,                                                               in an US college or university, and submit your
                                                                                                                    • A scheduled meeting and skill test with faculty once                                                             • Students who complete the program receive a
Work and experience history including a list of                                                                                                                                you may be excused from taking the test.                                                                          official transcript.
                                                          • The program length is two nine-month academic             your application is submitted.                                                                                     Diploma of Advanced Piano Technology.
related courses, internships, and other skill-building      years (72 weeks or 2340 class hours***).
experiences.                                                                                                        • CORI Report to ensure employability.                                                                                                                                     ACADEMIC RECORDS
                                                          • Tuition is $25,000* per year totaling $50,000**,                                                                 PROGRAM INFORMATION

                                                            with the option of making 18 monthly payments of
                                                            $2,778.                                                 PROGRAM INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                                                             • Students are admitted in September and February.        Preservation Carpentry                                  • International students are required to submit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 an official copy of one terminal secondary or
Contact NBSS Admissions to schedule a visit.                                                                                                                                 • The maximum enrollment is 12 students.                                                                            postsecondary transcript.
                                                          • The estimated cost of hand tools is $4,000.             • Students are admitted in September and February.
Information Sessions are held monthly. Interviews                                                                                                                                                                                      ADDITIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENT
                                                                                                                                                                             • Classes meet 8:00 am- 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday,                                                                 • If the secondary diplomas and/or academic
should be scheduled in advance. Out-of-state/country      • The estimated cost of materials is $3,500.              • The maximum enrollment is 13 students.
                                                                                                                                                                               September through June.                                 A math test. If you provide evidence of achieving a       certificates are from outside of the U.S. (but not
applicants may schedule an initial phone interview.
                                                          • The estimated cost of transportation, room and          • Classes meet 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday,                                                                 B grade or better in high school algebra or beyond,       an American school), applicants are required to
                                                                                                                                                                             • The program length is three, ten-month academic
                                                            board for optional class trips is $300.                   September through May.                                                                                           you may be excused from taking the test.                  have their credentials evaluated by a professional
                                                                                                                                                                               years (40 weeks per year, 120 weeks or 3900 class
                                                          • Students who complete the program receive a             • The program length is two, nine-month academic           hours***).                                                                                                        evaluation service such as WES or CED.
Apply Anytime                                               Diploma of Cabinet & Furniture Making.                    years (72 weeks or 2340 class hours***).
                                                                                                                                                                             • The tuition is $26,000* yearly totaling $78,000**       PROGRAM INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               CERTIFICATION OF FINANCES
To be considered in our first round of                                                                              • Tuition is $25,000* per year totaling $50,000**,         with the option of making 30 monthly installments       • Students are admitted in September.
decisions, our preferred deadlines are:                                                                               with the option of making 18 monthly payments            of $2,600.                                                                                                      • International applicants must submit the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       • The maximum enrollment is 26 students.
                                                                                                                      of $2,778.                                                                                                                                                                 Confidential Declaration of Finances form and an
                                                                                                                                                                             • The estimated cost of hand tools is $2,800.
October 1 for February start                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Classes typically meet 7:30 am - 2:30 pm, Monday        official bank statement to show evidence of their
                                                                                                                    • The estimated cost of hand tools is $1,900.
January 1 for September start                                                                                                                                                • The estimated cost of materials for violins is $1,000     - Friday, September through May although when           ability to pay educational and living expenses while
                                                                                                                    • The estimated cost of materials is $2,500.               per year (totaling $3,000 for the program), billed in     working on site, 4-day weeks with longer days are       studying in the U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                               monthly installments of $100.                             common.
                                                                                                                    • Students who complete the program receive a                                                                                                                              • NBSS will provide the form to qualified applicants,
                                                                                                                      Diploma of Jewelry Making & Repair.                    • Students who complete the program receive a             • The program length is two, nine-month academic          which includes the estimate that should be sufficient
                                                                                                                                                                               Diploma of Violin Making & Repair.                        years (72 weeks or 2340 class hours***).                to cover one year expenses, including tuition, cost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of living, tools, and fees.

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Admissions Criteria                                            Enrollment                                                  Applying for financial aid is a worthwhile process
                                                                                                                           and the NBSS Financial Aid Office provides support
                                                                                                                                                                                           writing, an opportunity to terminate the Enrollment
                                                                                                                                                                                           Agreement with a full refund of all monies paid, less
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   U.S. Department of                                         RETURN OF TITLE IV FUNDS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you receive (or NBSS or your parent receive on your
ELIGIBILITY                                                    Upon acceptance, the Admissions Office sends                during all aspects of the application and financial aid         actual reasonable administrative costs as defined       Education Title IV                                         behalf) excess Title IV program funds that must be
Applicants who have a high school diploma, or
equivalency (including GED, HiSet test, or Home
                                                               applicants an Enrollment Agreement that includes
                                                               complete costs, payment plan options, and the terms
                                                                                                                           disbursement processes.                                         under M.G.L. c. 255, s. 13K.                            Refund Policy                                              returned, NBSS must return a portion of the excess
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              equal to the lesser of:
School Diploma) may apply.                                     of enrollment. The Enrollment Agreement must be                                                                                                                                     TREATMENT OF TITLE IV FUNDS
                                                                                                                           VETERANS                                                                                                                                                                           1. Your institutional charges multiplied by the
                                                               signed and returned with the $150 Registration Fee                                                                                                                                  WHEN A STUDENT WITHDRAWS
                                                               (see below) and a tuition down payment equal to one
                                                                                                                           All NBSS Full-Time programs are approved for the
                                                                                                                           full range of veterans education benefits including
                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuition Refund Policy                                      Federal financial aid (Title IV aid) is posted to your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 unearned percentage of your funds, or the entire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 amount of excess funds.
                                                               month’s tuition to reserve a place at the School.                                                                                                                                   account at the start of each enrollment period,
                                                                                                                           Chapters 30, 31, 33, & 35. Veterans must apply for           An enrolled student who withdraws, is dismissed,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. NBSS must return this amount even if it didn’t keep
Any student who needs special services or academic                                                                         benefits online at For assistance,     or otherwise terminates their enrollment will be           however, your eligibility for those funds is earned as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 this amount of your Title IV program funds. If your
adjustment should contact the Provost, who is the              REGISTRATION FEE
                                                                                                                           please contact the NBSS Financial Aid Office or the          processed under the following policies:                    you progress through the enrollment period. If you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 school is not required to return all of the excess
504 Academic Adjustment Coordinator, and make a                A one-time Registration Fee of $150 is required to          Veterans Administration (VA) at 1-888-442-4551.                                                                         withdraw during your enrollment period, the amount
                                                                                                                                                                                        1. An enrollment period is defined as one-half the                                                                       funds, you must return the remaining amount.
request. NBSS is committed to work with students to            reserve a place at the School and should be sent with       Veterans are also encouraged to apply for financial aid                                                                 of Title IV program assistance that you have earned
                                                                                                                                                                                           academic year. An academic year is ten months (40       up to that point is determined by a U.S. Department
arrive at a workable solution to meet each student’s           the Enrollment Agreement. The Registration Fee is           in order to determine eligibility for additional grants                                                                                                                            3. For any loan funds that you must return, you (or
                                                                                                                                                                                           weeks) long in Violin Making & Repair; therefore an     of Education formula specific to Title IV funds. If you
particular needs.                                              not refundable and is in addition to tuition.               and scholarships, including The NBSS Yellow Ribbon                                                                                                                                    your parent for a Direct PLUS Loan) repay in
                                                                                                                                                                                           enrollment period for that program is five months       received (or NBSS or your parent received on your
                                                                                                                           Program.                                                                                                                                                                              accordance with the terms of the promissory note.
                                                                                                                                                                                           (20 weeks). In all other programs, the academic         behalf) less assistance than the amount that you
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY                                      TUITION                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           That is, you make scheduled payments to the
                                                                                                                           Contact Jamie Dergay, Director of Financial Aid,                year is nine months (36 weeks) in length, and the       earned, you may be able to receive those additional
                                                               By signing the Enrollment Agreement and paying the                                                                                                                                                                                                holder of the loan over a period of time.
NBSS admits students without regard for religion, sex,                                                                     for advice and answers to questions.                            enrollment period is four and one-half months (18
                                                               $150 Registration Fee, students enter into a contract                                                                                                                               funds. If you received (or NBSS or your parent
sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender identity                                                                                                                                     weeks).                                                                                                            Any amount of unearned grant funds that you must
                                                               with the School which sets their tuition for the first      617-227-0155 x115 /                                                                               received on your behalf) more assistance than you
and expression, age, race, color, disability, national and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    return is called an overpayment. The maximum
                                                               year of their program. The School reserves the right to                                                                  2. NBSS uses the Date of Determination to calculate        earned, the excess funds must be returned by NBSS
ethnic origin, military or veteran status or any other                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        amount of a grant overpayment that you must
                                                               increase tuition in the second and subsequent years of                                                                      refunds. The Date of Determination is the date the      and/or you.
characteristic protected under applicable federal, state,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     repay is half of the grant funds you received or
                                                               a program. Please see pages 34-35 of this booklet for                                                                       student’s enrollment was terminated by the School,
                                                                                                                           Cancellation Policy
or local law, and all students enjoy the rights, privileges,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  were scheduled to receive. You do not have to
programs, and activities generally accorded or made            current tuition information. If the School does increase                                                                    the date the School was notified by the student that    ACCRUAL OF AID ELIGIBILITY                                 repay a grant overpayment if the original amount
available at the School.                                       tuition for a program in subsequent years, that increase                                                                    they were withdrawing, or the date the student was                                                                 of the overpayment is $50 or less. You must make
                                                                                                                           You may terminate this agreement at any time.                                                                           The amount of assistance that you have earned is
                                                               will not exceed 7.5% of the previous year’s tuition.                                                                        determined by the School to be withdrawn due to                                                                    arrangements with the NBSS Finance Office or the
                                                                                                                           The NBSS Cancellation and Tuition Refund Policies                                                                       determined on a pro rata basis. For example, if you
                                                               Should the School exercise its right to increase tuition,                                                                   absences. Money due the applicant or student will                                                                  U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to return the
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS                                                                                                     comply in all respects with M.G.L. Chapter 255,                                                                         completed 30% of your enrollment period, you earn
                                                               the School must give the student a minimum of ninety                                                                        be refunded within 30 (thirty) days after the date of                                                              unearned grant funds.
NBSS is approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration                                                                       Section 13K.                                                                                                            30% of the assistance you were originally scheduled
                                                               (90) days written notice prior to the effective date of                                                                     termination.
Services to accept international students. Applicants                                                                      Terminations which take place under any of the                                                                          to receive. Once you have completed 60% of the             The requirements for Title IV program funds when
                                                               the increase and a Re-Enrollment Agreement will be                                                                       3. In cases of prolonged illness, death in the family,
must document their ability to pay for all expenses                                                                        following scenarios will result in a cancellation of                                                                    enrollment period, you earn all the assistance that you    you withdraw are separate and independent from the
                                                               executed.                                                                                                                   or other circumstances that make it impractical
during training. English is the language of instruction.                                                                   the Enrollment Agreement:                                                                                               were scheduled to receive for that period.                 NBSS Cancellation and Refund policies. Therefore,
See the Application Requirements on page 35 of this                                                                                                                                        to complete a program, the School will make a           If you did not receive all of the funds that you earned,   following the post-withdrawal treatment of Title IV
                                                               A down payment equal to one month’s tuition reserves        1. If the student terminates the Enrollment                     settlement reasonable and fair to both parties.
booklet for details.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               you may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement.             funds, you may still owe funds to NBSS to cover
                                                               the student’s place in a program. The balance of               Agreement within five (5) days of signing and
                                                                                                                                                                                        4. In the case of a student who completes academic         If your post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan         unpaid institutional charges. This includes charges to
                                                               tuition is due before the first day of the program unless      before the first day of the program start date
TRANSFER CREDITS                                                                                                                                                                           requirements early and within 60% of an enrollment      funds, NBSS must get your permission before it can         your account that are created when NBSS is required
                                                               arrangements are made to make monthly payments.                (09/05/18), they will receive a refund of all monies
NBSS programs rely on an organic, iterative learning                                                                                                                                       period, a prorated portion of the tuition for that      disburse them. You may choose to decline some or           to return Title IV funds previously disbursed to your
                                                                                                                              paid.                                                                                                                all of the loan funds so that you don’t incur additional
experience instead of on individual classes so transfer                                                                                                                                    period will be due, based on the time completed                                                                    account. Please refer to the NBSS Refund and
                                                               Title 38, Section 103 policy statement: NBSS will
of prior credit is usually not applicable. We will review                                                                  2. If the student terminates the Enrollment                     rounded up to the nearest 10%. For early                debt. NBSS may automatically use all or a portion          Cancellation Policies above.
                                                               not charge late fees or impose any other penalties
prior credit on a case-by-case basis. Prior experience                                                                        Agreement more than five (5) days after signing              completion after 60% of the enrollment period, the      of your post-withdrawal disbursement of grant
                                                               as a result of delayed disbursements of educational
often strengthens an applicant’s portfolio and                                                                                the Enrollment Agreement and before the first                entire period’s tuition will be due.                    funds for unpaid tuition and fees owed to NBSS in          U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
                                                               benefits by the Veterans Administration.
application.                                                                                                                  day of their program (09/05/18), they will be                                                                        accordance with the NBSS Refund Policy. NBSS               REFUND POLICY (STUDENT OVERPAYMENTS)
                                                                                                                                                                                        5. If enrollment is terminated, the student will owe
                                                                                                                              responsible for the actual reasonable administrative                                                                 needs your permission to use a post-withdrawal grant
                                                               TOOLS AND MATERIALS                                                                                                         the actual reasonable administrative costs incurred                                                                1. The Veterans Administration (VA) determines
                                                                                                                              costs incurred by the School to enroll them and                                                                      disbursement for all other institutional charges. If you
                                                               Tool lists will be available at Orientation and explained                                                                   by the School to enroll them and process the                                                                          debts resulting from benefit overpayments and
                                                                                                                              process the application materials, which shall be                                                                    do not give your permission, you will be offered the
                                                                                                                                                                                           application materials, which shall be fifty dollars
Preferred Deadlines                                            by instructors at the beginning of the program.
                                                               After that, students are expected to provide their
                                                                                                                              fifty dollars ($50.00). Administrative costs equal:
                                                                                                                                                                                           ($50.00), plus tuition and fees based on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   funds. However, it may be in your best interest to allow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   NBSS to keep the funds to reduce your debt to NBSS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the party (School or student) responsible for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 repayment. A debt is established on the student for
We welcome applications at any time during the                 own complete set of hand tools. Some tools may be                                                                           following schedule:                                                                                                   tuition and fees when the student withdraws after
enrollment period, and we use a wait-list system                                                                           3. If a student starts their program without a prior visit                                                              In certain circumstances, Title IV funds that you were
                                                               purchased through the School. Students purchase                                                                             • Enrollments terminated within the first five (5)                                                                    the first day of the term or the school submits a
for qualified applicants due to limited bench space.                                                                          to the School, this Agreement may be terminated                                                                      scheduled to receive cannot be disbursed to you once
                                                               materials and supplies for individual projects done in                                                                        class days of any enrollment period result in zero                                                                  change in enrollment to the VA.
NBSS has a February start for four programs and a                                                                             within the first five (5) days of the student’s                                                                      you withdraw because of other eligibility requirements.
                                                               the program and students own all individual projects                                                                          (0%) tuition and fees charged for that enrollment                                                                2. When an overpayment is created, a first
September start for all nine programs. The preferred                                                                          program with a full refund of tuition paid less actual                                                               For example, if you are a first-time, full time program
                                                               they make.                                                                                                                    period.                                                                                                             demand letter is sent notifying the student of
deadline for the February start is October 1, with                                                                            reasonable administrative costs incurred by the                                                                      student and you have not completed the first 30 days
                                                                                                                              School, as described in paragraph 2 above.                   • If enrollment is terminated after five (5) class      of your program before you withdraw, you will not             the overpayment. The School does not receive
decisions made by November 15. The preferred
                                                                                                                                                                                             days but before 4.5 weeks have been completed,        receive any Direct Loan funds that you would have             copies of demand letters or any other notification
deadline for the September start is January 1, with                                                                        4. Pursuant to 230 CMR 15.04, you have the right
decisions made by March 10.                                    Financial Aid Resources                                        to cancel this Enrollment Agreement before the
                                                                                                                                                                                             the student will owe 30% of the period’s tuition.     received had you remained enrolled past the 30th day.         regarding debts assessed on students. When the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 letter is received, the student should immediately
                                                                                                                              completion of five (5) class days or 5% of the               • If enrollment is terminated after 4.5 weeks but
                                                               Please visit where you will find                                                                                                                                                                                            contact the VA regarding the debt. The response
                                                                                                                              program, whichever occurs first (09/11/18), and                before 9 weeks are completed, the student owes
                                                               detailed instructions on applying for financial aid                                                                                                                                                                                               should be sent (in writing) directly to the office
                                                                                                                              to receive a full refund of monies paid, less actual           50% of the period’s tuition.
                                                               at NBSS, as well as information about Federal and                                                                                                                                                                                                 sending the letter, unless otherwise stated.
                                                                                                                              reasonable administrative costs, which shall be fifty        • If enrollment is terminated after nine weeks,
                                                               State student loans and grants, NBSS scholarships,                                                                                                                                                                                                Responding immediately and reaching a valid
                                                                                                                              dollars ($50.00).                                              100% of tuition for the period is due.
                                                               alternative financing, and private scholarships. You                                                                                                                                                                                              repayment agreement in a timely manner could
                                                               will also find a link to the NBSS net-price calculator,     5. If the School allows a student to begin participation                                                                                                                              prevent future benefits from being withheld. Due
                                                               which will provide you with a detailed summary of              in a program while an initial award for financial aid,                                                                                                                             process (rights to appeal or waiver) as well as time
                                                               the expected cost and financial aid eligibility for            including student loans, is pending, and the student                                                                                                                               limits for each step in the process is given in the first
                                                               enrollment in your program at NBSS.                            is subsequently denied some or all of that student                                                                                                                                 demand letter.
                                                                                                                              loan or financial aid amount, the School shall offer in

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3. A request for waiver must be received no later than
   180 days (6 months) from the date of the initial
                                                               Information Sessions                                      LEAVE OF ABSENCE
                                                                                                                         A student is expected to complete the program
                                                                                                                                                                                     Grading and Records                                       period the student must attain satisfactory grades
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               each month. A student will be reinstated to full status
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Employment Assistance
   notification of the overpayment. If a waiver request        Information Sessions are scheduled regularly and          as scheduled. When unusual and unanticipated                Students are graded on Performance, Progress, and         after they have received satisfactory grades for two        NBSS does not guarantee job placement, but does
   is received within 30 days of the first demand              include a general overview, introduction to the full-     circumstances require interruption of the normal            Effort each month. The Performance grade is based         consecutive months.                                         provide students and graduates assistance in finding
   (notification) letter, no benefits will be withheld until   time programs, information on the application process     schedule, a student may request a leave of absence          on assigned practical projects and written tests. The                                                                 employment. The Director of Student Life & Career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A student may appeal in writing to the Provost for an
   the decision is made. If benefits were withheld and         and financial aid, and ample time to ask questions.       in writing. At the discretion of the School, a student      Progress grade is based on overall effort, speed,                                                                     Services works with students on resumes and job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               extension of training: i.) to bring monthly grades to
   the waiver request was found to be timely, a refund         View the schedule of Information Sessions online:         may be granted leave for a period of up to 30 days.         and advancement. The Effort grade is based on                                                                         search plans. The School manages an online Job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Fair” (70%) for receipt of a diploma; ii.) to make up
   will be issued. If a waiver is granted, any funds                                       Normally, only one leave is considered during a             attendance and commitment to gaining the most                                                                         Board and Commission referral process for students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               training time lost due to absences; or iii.) to complete
   that have been applied will be refunded. Note: If a                                                                   program. If a student must withdraw from a program          from the program. Grades are handed out at regular                                                                    and alumni. Faculty and staff network with potential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               required projects. All decisions of the Provost may be
   waiver is requested after the first 30 days, but within                                                               for a period longer than 30 days they may apply             intervals throughout the year. Grades are recorded                                                                    employers through participation in professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               appealed to the President, whose decision will be final.
   180 days, offset of benefits will continue. If a waiver                                                               for readmission when an opening is available. Upon          monthly on a permanent record card which is retained                                                                  organizations, trade shows, and other networks. Each
   is granted, the amount collected will be refunded.          Standards, Procedures,                                    return from a leave longer than 30 days, the tuition        in each student’s file. A student may request a copy of                                                               program department has an active advisory committee

Contact us at 617-227-0155 x110 or                             and Student Services                                      rate is adjusted to reflect the rate charged to new         this record. Students are graded as follows:                                                                          that includes professionals in the field. The Program with any questions.                        Contact the Director of Admissions, Provost, or
                                                                                                                         students entering at that time. Note: If a student
                                                                                                                         does not return from a leave of absence, the standard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Graduation Requirements                                     Advisory Committee works with the faculty to ensure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the curriculum and teaching methods reflect strong
                                                                                                                                                                                     LETTER GRADE
                                                               Director of Student Life & Career Services if you have    Cancellation and Refund Policy will apply.                                                                            Candidates for a diploma or certificate must complete       professional practices ensuring our graduates are well
                                                               questions about standards, procedures, or student                                                                     E = Excellent                                             the entire program curriculum and receive at least          prepared for work.

                                                               services.                                                                                                             G = Good                                                  ‘Fair’ (70%) grades in both Performance and Progress.
                                                                                                                         MAKE-UP WORK
                                                                                                                                                                                     F = Fair                                                  During the course, students must meet this minimum
                                                                                                                         Any make-up work necessary due to absences or
                                                               ACCREDITATION                                                                                                                                                                   standard: at least Poor (60 or 1.0) by the end of the
Located in Boston’s historic North End, the School’s           NBSS is accredited by the Accrediting Commission
                                                                                                                         leave of absence should be coordinated with the
                                                                                                                         Department Head.
                                                                                                                                                                                     P = Poor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               first 25%, and Poor + (65 or 1.5) by the midpoint.          Student Compliant/
facility includes workshops and classrooms that                of Career Schools and Colleges. ACCSC is listed
                                                                                                                                                                                     U = Unsatisfactory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The maximum time frame in which a student may               Grievance Procedure
provide the bench space, equipment, and machinery              with the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally-                                                                The monthly letter grades are converted into a GPA        earn a diploma or certificate shall not exceed 1.5 times
                                                                                                                         ADVISING                                                                                                                                                                          Schools accredited by the Accrediting Commission
necessary for the highest quality instruction in each          recognized accrediting agency under the provisions                                                                    at the end of each enrollment period to be used in        the normal duration of the program length. You must
                                                                                                                         Members of the administrative staff are available to                                                                                                                              of Career Schools and Colleges must have a
program. The education spaces, admissions, academic,           of Chapter 33, Title 38, U.S. Code, and subsequent                                                                    SAP evaluations. Students must maintain a GPA of          speak to your instructor about the possibility and
                                                                                                                         students needing assistance with personal, academic,                                                                                                                              procedure and operational plan for handling student
student life and career services, and administrative           legislation. Accreditation confirms that NBSS meets                                                                   1.70 or higher in each enrollment period to meet the      requirements of this extension of time. Any time out of
                                                                                                                         vocational, and/or financial problems. Instructors offer                                                                                                                          complaints. If a student does not feel that the School
offices are located within one building making it easy         an extensive set of training standards applied to post-                                                               qualitative measurement of SAP.                           class that is the result of withdrawal, leave of absence,
                                                                                                                         regular, informal advising concerning academic and                                                                                                                                has adequately addressed a complaint or concern,
for students to connect with peers, faculty, and staff.        secondary trade and technical schools throughout the                                                                                                                            suspension, or termination will not be counted as part
                                                                                                                         employment issues. Referrals for additional assistance                                                                                                                            the student may consider contacting the Accrediting
A store and exhibit space provide additional resources         United States. The ACCSC has a directory which lists                                                                  GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)                                 of the maximum time frame. Students must fulfill
                                                                                                                         provided by professionals outside the School are made                                                                                                                             Commission. All complaints considered by the
for students and the public.                                   NBSS and other accredited schools and tuition rates.                                                                                                                            all obligations to the School, including academic,
                                                                                                                         by the Student Life & Career Services Office.               E          4.0                                                                                                        Commission must be in written form, with permission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               financial, and attendance requirements to receive
                                                                                                                                                                                     E-         3.7                                                                                                        from the complainant(s) for the Commission to
CLASSROOMS AND BENCHROOMS                                      STUDENT CONDUCT                                                                                                                                                                 a diploma or certificate.
                                                                                                                         SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)                                                                                                                                              forward a copy of the complaint to the School for a
                                                               Students are expected to behave in a mature,                                                                          G+         3.3
The School has one general-purpose classroom with                                                                        The Provost reviews Satisfactory Academic Progress                                                                                                                                response. The complainant(s) will be kept informed
a capacity of 60 and a gallery/meeting space with              courteous, and considerate fashion at all times.                                                                      G          3.0                                                                                                        as to the status of the complaint as well as the final
                                                                                                                         (SAP) for all enrolled students at the end of each
                                                               Safety is the principal concern of everyone in the
a capacity of 200. In addition, each program has
dedicated space as follows:                                    School community. If a student fails to meet safety
                                                                                                                         enrollment period, twice per year. SAP includes a           G-         2.7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Housing                                                     resolution by the Commission.
                                                                                                                         quantitative component (attendance) and a qualitative       F+         2.3                                                                                                        Please direct all inquiries to: Accrediting Commission
                                                               requirements or behaves inappropriately, suspension                                                                                                                             The Student Life & Career Services Office provides
• Bookbinding has a benchroom with a capacity of 16                                                                      component (grades). As grading is performed on a                                                                                                                                  of Career Schools & Colleges, 2101 Wilson Blvd.,
                                                               or termination may result.                                                                                            F          2.0                                            resources to students seeking housing within the
  and two workrooms with a capacity of 10 each.                                                                          monthly basis, programs with a 9-month academic                                                                                                                                   Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201. You may also contact
                                                                                                                         year will be assessed for September through January         F-         1.7                                            greater Boston area. NBSS does not provide housing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           703-247-4212 or A copy of the
• Carpentry has a flexible benchroom/construction              SUSPENSION AND TERMINATION                                and for February through May. Violin Making & Repair        P+         1.3                                                                                                        Commission’s Complaint Form is available at the
  area with capacity of 30 and a machine room with a           A student may be terminated or suspended at               (a 10-month academic year) will be assessed for             P          1.0                                                                                                        School by contacting the Provost or at
  capacity of 15.                                              the School’s discretion for the following reasons:        September through January and for February
• Cabinet & Furniture Making has a benchroom                   unsatisfactory academic progress, excessive absence,      through June.
                                                                                                                                                                                     P-         0.7                                            Parking                                                     The School is licensed by the Massachusetts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Division of Professional Licensure’s Office of Private
  with a capacity of 41, two machine rooms, one                nonpayment of tuition, failure to comply with School                                                                  U          0.3                                            Parking is not available on School property.                Occupational School Education. Please direct any
  with a capacity of 13 and one with a capacity of             rules and regulations, and unacceptable behavior. No                                                                                                                            The School encourages students to use public                comments, questions, or concerns about the School’s
  20, a finishing room with a capacity of 15, and a            tuition refund is granted for the time when a student                                                                                                                           transportation (subway, buses, and commuter rail)           license to or 617-
                                                                                                                         An attendance record is kept for each student and
  demonstration room with a capacity of 25.                    is suspended. The Cancellation and Refund Policy                                                                                                                                which is easily accessible to the School. Monthly           727-5811.
• Locksmithing & Security Technology has two
                                                               applies in the case of terminations. A student may
                                                                                                                         becomes part of the student’s permanent record. All
                                                                                                                         absences must be excused. Students are expected to          Academic Probation                                        parking at nearby garages is also available.
  benchrooms with a capacity of 10 each and a
                                                               appeal a suspension or termination in writing to the
                                                               President of the School for final determination. After
                                                                                                                         phone the School on the day of an absence. Students         and Appeals
  classroom with a capacity of 16.                                                                                       must maintain attendance of 85% or higher for
                                                               termination a student may be readmitted to a program
                                                                                                                         enrollment periods in the first half of their program
                                                                                                                                                                                     A student who receives an “Unsatisfactory” monthly                                                                    Accreditation & Licensing
• Jewelry Making & Repair has a benchroom with a               if there is room in the course and there is evidence of
                                                               positive change in the conditions which caused the
                                                                                                                         (midpoint). After the midpoint, students must
                                                                                                                                                                                     grade or who fails to meet the minimum performance        Student Services                                            North Bennet Street School is accredited by the
  capacity of 26.                                                                                                                                                                    grade for graduation (above) will be notified in
                                                                                                                         maintain cumulative attendance of 90% or higher                                                                       Students who are interested in leadership                   Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and
                                                               termination.                                                                                                          writing. A student whose grades are “Unsatisfactory”
• Preservation Carpentry has two benchrooms with                                                                         through the completion of the program.                                                                                opportunities, referrals to community, health, and          Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC is a recognized
                                                                                                                                                                                     for more than one month beyond being informed
  a capacity of 13 each and two machine rooms, one                                                                                                                                                                                             wellness resources can contact the Director of              accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of
                                                               WITHDRAWAL                                                Students in Violin Making & Repair must maintain            of unsatisfactory performance will be subject to
  with a capacity of 8 and one with a capacity of 13.                                                                                                                                                                                          Student Life & Career Services.                             Education and dedicated to ensuring educational
                                                               Students should carefully consider leaving school         attendance of 85% or higher for enrollment periods in       termination. A student whose grades do not meet the
• Piano Technology has a general classroom with                                                                          the first academic year. After the first academic year,     minimum standard will also be subject to dismissal.                                                                   quality and integrity in America’s postsecondary
                                                               before a program is completed. The School cannot
  a capacity of 16, a workroom with a capacity of                                                                        these students must maintain cumulative attendance          A student who is subject to termination for                                                                           career schools. Visit, or contact them by
                                                               hold a place for a student who withdraws; therefore,
  12, a machine room with a capacity of 12 and 16                                                                        of 90% or higher through the completion of the              unsatisfactory grades may appeal in writing to the                                                                    phone at 703.247.4212 or mail at ACCSC, 2101 Wilson
                                                               students who withdraw may not be able to return to
  individual tuning rooms with a capacity of 2 each.                                                                     program.                                                    Provost for a probationary period during which                                                                        Boulevard #302, Arlington, VA 22201.
                                                               school. A student must inform the School in writing
• Violin Making & Repair has a benchroom with a                of their intention to withdraw and will be responsible    Attendance is tracked on a daily basis including tardies.   they will be allowed to attain passing grades. Such                                                                   NBSS is licensed by the Massachusetts Division
  capacity of 13, a machine room with a capacity of 6          for expenses in accordance with the School’s Refund       Excused absences, unexcused absences, and tardies           an appeal will be considered on the basis of illness,                                                                 of Professional Licensure’s Office of Private
  and a finishing room with a capacity of 13.                  Policy.                                                   will be included on the Student’s transcript. Tardies are   death in the family, or other unusual circumstances                                                                   Occupational School Education. Contact them at
                                                                                                                         converted on a 3:1 ratio (3 tardies = 1 absence).           beyond the student’s control. During this probationary                                                       or 617-727-5811.

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