GI Bill ® Student Policies

Veterans of the U.S. military are eligible to use their GI Bill ® benefits for tuition expenses at Yestermorrow.  Students interested in Certificate programs or the Semester in Design/Build can apply their VA benefits towards tuition. Students using their GI Bill ® Benefits may be subject to certain rules and policies in accordance with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.

Attendance and Graduation Policies:

Unless otherwise indicated The Yestermorrow Design/Build School welcomes students of all skill levels to participate in courses. Certificate programs and classes which offer professional certificates, do require students go through an application and acceptance process. The School assesses student success on the basis on complete or incomplete. To receive a grade of “complete” students are expected to attend and participate in all class sessions. Students must attend at least 70% of scheduled class days. In the case of an absence, students must present a valid excuse and make up any missing work/assignments in a timely fashion. Yestermorrow students who have completed their course and required presentations will receive a certificate of completion.  A certificate of completion can be withheld if the case of missing course work, excessive absences, failure to grasp course concepts or inadequate performance. The decision to withhold a certificate of completion is at the discretion of the course instructor and Yestermorrow staff. Should an instructor observe behaviors that will result in an “incomplete” grade, they will alert the student in a timely fashion so the student has time to correct the behaviors. 

At the halfway point (1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 8 weeks depending on the length of the program) students enrolled in a  certificate program will receive a progress report from the instructor. If the student has not met the 70% attendance requirement of or has any incompletes they will be placed on academic probation. The student has 1 week to submit a written plan on how they will make up the missed work and/or progress through the program in a timely manner in order to receive a certificate of completion. The instructor and Yestermorrow staff will review the student’s plan and provide a decision within 5 business days. If the student does not adhere to the plan and not made up all the required work within one week they will be dismissed from the program.

Probation Policy:

At the halfway point (1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 8 weeks depending on the length of the program) students enrolled in a  certificate program will receive a progress report from the instructor. If the student has not met the 70% attendance requirement of or has any incompletes they will be placed on academic probation. The student has 1 week to submit a written plan on how they will make up the missed work and/or progress through the program in a timely manner in order to receive a certificate of completion. The instructor and Yestermorrow staff will review the student’s plan and provide a decision within 5 business days. If the student does not adhere to the plan and not made up all the required work within one week they will be dismissed from the program.

Tuition Rates:

Generally speaking, class tuition is calculated at a rate of $225 per day. This fee may be higher or lower depending on the length of the course, materials used or any other factor. Tuition for specific courses and certificate programs can be found in the course catalog.

Class Schedule:

Unless otherwise noted, all five-day and longer classes will begin with orientation on a Sunday. Courses generally run from 9 am–5 pm and most have evening components devoted to studio, lectures, and slide shows. Two-week courses may have weekend activities scheduled, with at least one full day off. In most cases, courses end Friday night with a final project review and graduation. Unless otherwise noted, weekend workshops run Saturday and Sunday 9 am–5 pm.

Cancelation Policy:

Students cancelling their enrollment up to three weeks prior to the course start date will forfeit their deposit; any other payments will be refunded. Students cancelling their enrollment within three weeks of the start of the course will forfeit their deposit; the remainder of the course fee will be held as a credit to be used on a future course.

Students forfeit all payments:

  • if they cancel their registration within 48 hours prior to the start of the class
  • fail to show up for class (no show, no call)
  • stop attending and/or leave the class before its completion without approval from their instructor AND Yestermorrow staff

Students enrolled in a Certificate Program or the Semester in Sustainable Design/Build will forfeit the program deposit if cancelling up to one month prior to the class start date; any other payments will be refunded. Certificate and Semester Program students cancelling enrollment within one month of the program start will forfeit their deposit, and the remainder of the class fee will be held as a credit to be used on a future class. Students cancelling within 48 hours prior to the program start; fail to show up for class; stop attending and/or leave the class, forfeit all payments.

Withdrawal Policy:

Students wishing to withdraw from a Yestermorrow course are free to do so but are subject to the Yestermorrow Cancellation Policies. They should first speak with the course instructor and the Yestermorrow staff regarding their reasons for withdrawal. Yestermorrow is willing make reasonable accommodations to ensure students remain in their course.

*For GI Bill ® Recipients ONLY: In the case of withdrawal, Yestermorrow will refund the unused portion of prepaid tuition and fees on a pro rata basis. The exact proration will be determined on the ratio of the number of days of instruction completed by the student to the total number of instructional days in the course.

Yestermorrow Health and Safety Policies

Acceptance: Yestermorrow is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs, and admissions.

Insurance: Students enrolled in courses involving hands-on site or shop work must have major medical insurance coverage in effect for the duration of the course.  All students must fill out an Emergency Contact Form and Hold Harmless Agreement prior to the course start.

Age: Yestermorrow courses are designed for students age 18 and over, with the exception of courses specifically designed for youth. With prior instructor permission, students under age 18 can participate in courses when accompanied by a parent or guardian also taking the same course.  Minors (under 18) cannot stay in campus lodging unless accompanied by an adult. 

Pets: No pets are allowed on the Yestermorrow campus.  Please leave your pets at home or we can direct you to local pet boarding options in the Mad River Valley.

Smoking: No smoking is allowed inside or within 50 feet of any Yestermorrow building, vehicle or jobsite.

Drugs and Alcohol: Students are expected to respect the laws of the State of Vermont regarding the consumption of drugs and alcohol.  Under no circumstance are drugs or alcohol permitted in the workshop or where tools are in use. Students under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not permitted to use tools.

Fragrance Free Campus: Yestermorrow supports sustaining healthy indoor air quality. In the interest of promoting the health and safety of the Yestermorrow students, faculty, staff, and visitors, the campus community is asked to maintain a fragrance-free environment. Please refrain from using scented personal care, laundry, and cleaning products. Thank you for your consideration of others in providing an environment in which every person on campus can feel safe and comfortable.

Firearms: Firearms are not permitted on campus.

Personal Property: Yestermorrow is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students and instructors.

Quiet Hours: Yestermorrow's campus observes quiet hours from 11:00pm to 7:30am.  During quiet hours the shop is closed to students, but access is open to the studio, library, dormitory and dining area.  Due to close quarters in our main building and camping areas we ask everyone to respect those who are trying to sleep.

Harassment: It is important to Yestermorrow that the School is free from all forms of harassment.  Although it is not easy to define what constitutes "harassment", it clearly includes pervasive and unwelcome slurs, threats, epithets, derogatory comments, jokes or teasing which unreasonably interfere with a student's studies or creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment.

Complaints of harassment will be responded to promptly and, where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, the School will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and impose such corrective actions as are necessary.  Complaints should be directed to the President, either verbally or in writing. If the complaint is regarding the President, the complaint should go to the Executive Committee Chairperson.  Upon receipt of a complaint, Yestermorrow will promptly conduct an investigation which will be conducted in such a way as to maintain confidentiality to the extent practicable under the circumstance.  Both the person filing the complaint and the person alleged to have committed the conduct will be informed of the results of the investigation.

Dismissal: Yestermorrow reserves the right to dismiss any student, without refund, for behavior considered unacceptable, including, but not limited to, the following:

a. Possession/use of alcohol in the shop; intoxication in the shop, underage drinking or providing alcohol to anyone under age 21.
b. Use, possession, or sale of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
c. Verbal abuse and/or harassment.
d. Hazing, physical abuse, physical violence or threat of physical harm.
e. Sexual assault, abuse, harassment, or indecent exposure.
f. Discriminatory conduct directed at a particular person based on race, gender, religion, sexual preference, age, national origin, or disability.
g. Possession, open or concealed, of a deadly weapon on Yestermorrow premises.
h. Disruption of the normal functioning of the Yestermorrow community, breaching the peace, disrupting the work and/or learning of others, violating the rights of others.
i. Refusing to participate in class if this adversely impacts the learning experience of others.
j. Damage to, destruction, theft, or other misuse of Yestermorrow property or the property of others.
k. Unauthorized use of Yestermorrow shop, studios, housing, or other property.
l. Behavior which violates local, state, or federal laws.
m. Behavior which jeopardizes the safety of self or others.

If you have experienced or witnessed any of the above, please report the incident in a timely manner to the front office.

Reinstatement: Should a student who had been dismissed for violating policy or unsatisfactory progress, reinstatement will be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of Yestermorrow Staff.

Inherent Risks/Liability Waiver: While Yestermorrow is a safety-conscious institution and safety information is part of every class, it is impossible to eliminate the risks that accompany the use of certain tools, equipment, and materials. By participating in Yestermorrow classes and activities you assume responsibility for the inherent risks involved. It is incumbent on every student to participate in the safety training that is part of their class. It is also each individual's responsibility to make sure they understand safe practices and the risks involved before using any tool, machine, or material. Students will be asked to sign a voluntary liability waiver stating that they understand their responsibility in this regard.

Emergency Procedures: In the event of an emergency, contact the nearest available staff person-during the day, this will likely be someone in the main office. In the evening the first points of contact are interns, who live on campus. For other off-hours concerns, an emergency phone list is posted in the studios, dorm, and near public phones with a list of staff phone numbers.

Medical Emergencies: Yestermorrow does not have a first responder or an EMT on staff and has minimal first aid capabilities. It is Yestermorrow's policy to contact 911 in the event of any medical emergency. Students and instructors are asked to voluntarily provide basic emergency contact information when they register for a class. Yestermorrow does not administer any form of injectable adrenaline (epinephrine). If you have a known allergy to foods, stings, environmental items, or products we encourage you to bring a personal supply of adrenaline for self-injection. If you should have an accident that requires medical attention, call 911 and/or notify a staff member immediately. The Central Vermont Medical Center is a forty-minute drive from campus.

Student/Instructor Relations: No faculty member shall have a romantic and/or sexual relationship, consensual or otherwise, with a student who is enrolled in a course being taught by the faculty member or whose academic work is being supervised, directly or indirectly, by the faculty member.

 Safety policies

Yestermorrow takes safety seriously. We appreciate your compliance with the following safety rules:

  • An instructor must be present at all times when power tools are in use.
  • Students and instructors must wear safety glasses or goggles at all times when operating power tools. No exceptions! Prescription eyeglasses are acceptable though Yestermorrow encourages students to wear goggles over them.  Yestermorrow has a variety of eye protection available for sale in the office.
  • Students and instructors are strongly encouraged to wear hearing protection when working with or around power tools.
  • Students and instructors must wear sturdy, closed toe shoes when in class.
  • Safety guards must be used on table saw(s) and router tables when possible.
  • Safety guards must be used on all other power tools when installed by the manufacturer.
  • Loose clothing should not be worn around power tools.
  • Long hair must be tied back and preferably tucked into clothing.
  • Gloves must not be worn when operating power tools.
  • When in doubt about how to use a tool or do anything in the shop, ASK! That's what instructors and staff are here for.
  • All in all, the safest possible method for achieving the desired outcome must be used.
  • These measures are enforced to ensure that you and your fellow students have a safe environment in which to learn. Please be mindful and aware of safety on the jobsite and/or in the woodshop. Thank you.


SawStop Tablesaw Safety Policies

1)      EVERYONE (staff, instructors, interns, students) needs to get a safety orientation to the SawStop before using the tool for the first time.  Our Facilities Manager and Woodshop Intern are trained in the use of the saws and can provide an introduction. 

2)      Dirty, reclaimed, green, pressure treated and wet woods and metals cannot be cut on the SawStop. Yestermorrow provides contractor table saws for these cutting purposes.  This keeps the cabinet saws in top shape for fine woodworking classes. If wet or pressure treated wood or conductive materials such as aluminum are cut without using the bypass mode, the brake will trigger. 

3)      When making any cuts, the dust collection system MUST be ON.

4)      The saws are installed with a safety guard connected to the dust collector and a riving knife/splitter.  The safety guards should be used at all times unless their operation causes an unsafe condition.

5)      To use a Dado blade, you need to swap out the brake cartridge for a specific Dado brake cartridge.

6)      If the brake on the saw is triggered by contact with skin, SawStop will replace the cartridge at no charge.  We have an extra cartridge in stock in the shop at all times and it can be replaced in a matter of minutes.

7)      If the brake on the saw is triggered by improper use of the machine (for example, using wet wood) and not following posted instructions, the user will be responsible for the cost of replacement ($69 for cartridge plus cost of the replacement blade).

Credits: Yestermorrow offers a variety of ways for students to earn credit for our programs.

American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Credit:

Yestermorrow is a Continuing Education Systems Registered Provider through the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Our AIA/CES courses are specifically designed for current and future design professionals. Architecture students are eligible for 0.15 IDP units per Learning Unit. Courses offered with Continuing Education Learning Units are listed on our website.

College Credit:

Participants can earn 15 college credits in the Semester in Sustainable Design/Build offered in partnership with UMass-Amherst’s Architecture + Design Program.
Continuing education units are available for all Yestermorrow programs through Sterling College at the rate of 1 CEU per weekend class, and 2 for 5-day classes. Students may enroll for CEUs through Sterling College for a fee of $130 per unit in addition to the Yestermorrow tuition.
Students in our Certificate Programs can earn college credit through Goddard College if they are enrolled in one of Goddard’s undergraduate programs or through Sterling College.

All credits earned at Yestermorrow are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school.

Prior Credit: Yestermorrow staff will determine the eligibility of transfer credits on a case-by-case basis for GI Bill ® Recipients only. The school will grant credit appropriately and shorten the training period proportionately. 


Colmery Act Section 103 required verbiage in catalog per 38 USC 3679(e):

“Any covered individual, is permitted to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a certificate of eligibility can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) website – eBenefits, or VA 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution,

90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility. 

Yestermorrow Design/Build School will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.”