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At The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy, we try to make it easier for our students to pay their tuition by offering many different options for funding their Massage Therapy education. Below we have outlined some of the funding options that may be available to you as a student applying to our massage school. For more information about financial assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (518) 489-4026 or email

Download The 2014-2015 Financial Aid Information Packet


We encourage all of our prospective students to apply for Federal Student Aid by submitting a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). For a fast response you may apply online at Our federal school code is 037733. If you would prefer not to apply online, please contact our Financial Aid office to receive a paper FAFSA.

CNWSMT participates in the following Federal Programs:


Many banks offer personal loans for education, but we recommend that you check with your bank and shop around for the best interest rate. We have found that local credit unions prove to be a good option for education loans, both in the rates that they offer and in their customer service. Below are some local credit unions in the Albany, NY area that offer private educational loans for our Massage Therapy program:

CNWSMT - Healing Hands Scholarship - Download Fall 2014 application (Deadline: July 3, 2014)

The Healing Hands Scholarship is a $1,000 award issued to an eligible incoming student each fall and spring.

Application Requirements:

  • Student must have completed the Admissions application and be accepted for enrollment
  • Student must have completed the appropriate FAFSA in time for it to be fully processed before the scholarship deadline (allow two to three weeks)
  • Submit a completed and signed Healing Hands Scholarship application to the Financial Aid Office
  • Submit a 500 word essay entitled "Why I Want a Career in Massage Therapy"

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Financial need (based on the student's FAFSA)
  • Quality of the scholarship essay in terms of authenticity and sincerity as well as grammar and spelling
  • Performance on the academic assessment which is administered at the interview


In addition to the scholarships listed below we suggest that you conduct your own scholarship search. Students may find general scholarships are available from their community, bank, church, employer or parent’s employer. Be creative in your search!

AMTA - American Massage Therapy Association

Massage Magazine Scholarship

Imagine America Foundation

NYS Higher Education Services Corporation

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

The American Association of University Women

The Point Foundation Scholarship Program



Students may be eligible to receive funding for their Massage Therapy study at CNWSMT from state and/or local (county) governments, particularly if they have been profiled under the State Unemployment Insurance Program.

Eligibility for this type of aid is determined on an individual’s specific needs and demographic characteristics. Students seeking government sponsored financial aid must work closely with the agency which is providing the funding to see that the CNWSMT receives all tuition payments by the specified deadlines.

ACCES-VR - Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation. (Formerly VESID) Contact ACCES-VR to meet with a counselor at (518) 473-8097 or online at

GI BILL / Department of Veterans Affairs - Call 1-888-GIBILL-1 or visit CNWSMT participates in both the Montgomery and the Post 9/11 GI Bill. View our Guide to Utilizing GI Bill Benefits.

599 NYS Unemployment Training Program – Extend your unemployment benefits. CNWSMT is an Eligible Training Provider within the NYS 599 Unemployment Training Program for those looking to start a new career as a Massage Therapist. Please contact your unemployment office for more information.

Workforce Investment Act - Grant funding may be available to help displaced workers in need of job training to re-enter the workforce. Contact your local One-Stop Career Center or visit

TAA/Trade Adjustment Assistance- Help for trade-affected workers who have lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production out of the United States. Visit for more information.

American Opportunity Credit - The American Opportunity Credit is a Federal tax credit of up to $2500 for your out-of-pocket education expenses. Please consult with your tax professional or visit for more information.

529 Savings Plans (Tax advantaged savings programs for college education) – CNWSMT is an approved institution for those who would like to use their 529 college savings plan to pay for their Massage Therapy education. Please contact your provider for more information.


Full Payment Plan
The tuition balance is paid in full before the first day of instruction.

Deferred Payment Plan
Participation in the Deferred Payment Plan is subject to an administration fee of $100. The administration fee is added to the tuition balance and the total balance is paid according to the following schedule:

  • The 1st payment is due the day before the first day of instruction, and amounts to 50% of the total balance due. This payment may be in the form of Federal Student Aid.
  • The 2nd payment is due at the beginning of the fourth month of instruction, and amounts to 25% of the total balance due
  • The 3rd payment is due at the beginning of the seventh month of instruction, and amounts to 25% of the total balance due.

Monthly Payment Plan
If other funding options have been exhausted, students may be eligible to participate in a Monthly Payment Plan (MPP). Under the MPP, students are required to make an initial down payment of at least $6,500.  Federal Student Aid eligibility may be considered for this initial payment.  The remaining balance is then paid in 22 monthly installments.  Students who are combining the MPP with their Federal Student Aid and are financing a tuition balance of $3000 or less may take advantage of extended terms up to 36 months.  Students with a balance greater than $3,000 may also be considered for terms up to 36 months, but only after further review. Additional application items may be requested from these students.  Students wishing to be considered for the MPP must submit a complete application for participation in the MPP to CNWSMT.  This application may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.  A credit review will be performed and the student will be notified of the approval status of their MPP application within seven days of receipt by CNWSMT.  Students will be required to enter into a loan agreement (retail sales contract) with CNWSMT for the terms of the loan and will be charged an interest rate of 6% on the tuition balance that is financed with the Monthly Payment Plan. 


The student agrees to pay a $150 registration security deposit in order to register (and reserve a seat) in the Program. The registration security deposit will be applied toward tuition payments, and should be paid upon receipt of a letter of acceptance from the CNWSMT. If the registration security deposit is not paid, the student forfeits his/her seat in the Program.


In addition to satisfying all Admissions requirements, all students are required to meet with our Financial Aid Administrator and have a complete financial plan in place before starting classes. For more information about tuition at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy please contact our Financial Aid office at (518) 489-4026 or email



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