Financial Aid

Yestermorrow offers a variety of financial aid options to make our programs affordable for students.


Free Repeat Policy

Students who graduate from Home Design or Home Design/Build may take the course again, tuition-free. This opportunity is on a space-available basis and does not include food or lodging.

GI Bill Eligibility  

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 Sustainable Design/Build can directly apply their VA benefits. Please call our office for questions regarding the process of applying your VA benefits to Yestermorrow courses  at (802) 496-5545.

Vermont Residents 

Residents of the State of Vermont may be eligible for assistance through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) Non-Degree Grant Program. Many Yestermorrow students have received generous grants for tuition, materials and books. The application process takes two weeks to a month, and funds are limited. Please contact VSAC in Winooski, VT at (800) 642-3177 or at


Recipients of an Americorps Education Award can apply those funds toward Yestermorrow course tuition, materials fee, lodging, and meal plan. Recipients must process their award through a Title IV institution. We are able to accept AmeriCorps Educational Awards for any Yestermorrow course through our academic partnership with Sterling College. Students using their AmeriCorp award, earn Continuing Education Units at a rate of $130/per unit. Generally, a weekend course is 1 unit, a one week course is 2 units, and a two week course is 5 units. This fee for CEUs is in addition to the Yestermorrow course tuition, materials fee, lodging, and meal plan, which can be covered by the student's AmeriCorps award.

To use your AmeriCorps Education Award, you will first register online for the desired course and put down the required deposit. The deposit will be refunded to you once Yestermorrow receives payment from AmeriCorps. Please email the Yestermorrow  Student Services Coordinator if you have registered for a course and intend to use your AmeriCorp Educational Award. 

Please call our office at (802) 496-5545 for questions regarding the process of applying your Americorps award to Yestermorrow courses.

Work Trade Scholarships

The Work Trade Program is designed to benefit both the school and the student. For Yestermorrow, the program fills the need for campus support, primarily on grounds projects and in the kitchen. For the Work Trade student, the program is a chance to defray the cost of tuition and learn some of the “behind the scenes” of the school.

If you need financial assistance to be able to attend a course at Yestermorrow and are interested in exchanging work on campus towards part of the tuition cost of your course, we encourage you to apply for our work trade program. A set amount of work trade funds are available for each course. If granted a work trade award, you will be scheduled for a specific number of hours of work on campus. Applications are processed once a month for courses starting the following month.

Work must be performed between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Each hour of work trade completed equals a ten dollar tuition reduction (ex. 10 hours worked equals $100 tuition reduction). Once approved for work trade, we will be in contact about which available time slot is best for you. Work trade hours must be completed prior to the start of your course and cannot be completed concurrent with your class.

Work trade students are involved in various activities that range from office support to campus maintenance and clean up. Duties can vary from organizing a mailing or cleaning the woodshop, to helping with dish crew or mowing the lawn. We cannot make any guarantees about the kind of work a student might be asked to do. Flexibility, initiative and a sense of humor are required. Please come prepared to get dirty and work outside.


  • Work trade scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • You must have strength and stamina to accomplish physically demanding work, including heavy lifting of at least 30 pounds. (The Work Trade program is not suitable for those with back problems or heart conditions.)
  • You must be able to work outdoors in hot or cold temperatures.
  • You must be self-motivated and able to work independently once instructed about a task.
  • All students are welcome at the Yestermorrow regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, national or ethnic origin.

Room and Board

Work Trade students are allowed to camp on campus during their work study period at no charge. If we have cabin or dorm space available we may be able to upgrade work traders depending on availability. Work trade students are responsible for providing their own food, or have the option to sign up for the on-campus meal program.

The Fine Print

  • Applications will be reviewed and work trade awards will be granted one month prior to the start date of the course.
  • If applying for a certificate program, note the entire program, not individual workshops on the application.
  • Deposits ($100 – weekend workshop, $300 – 1-week workshop, $500 – 2-week workshop, $1000-certificate program) are required to hold your space in a workshop. We will refund your deposit if we are unable to offer you a scholarship. Any work trade award will not be scheduled until the deposit has been received.
  • If you are approved for a work trade scholarship, you will be notified by email to schedule your work trade hours.
  • If approved for a work trade award, all hours must be completed before the start of the course. Any outstanding balance will need to be paid before the first day of the course.


Questions and/or inquiries should be directed to:
Chrissy Bellmyer, Student Services Coordinator