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CNWSMT offers many different options for funding your Massage Therapy education. Our goal is to help make it an easy process for you. Watch the How-To videos below. You’ll see how easy the Financial Aid process can be. Other funding options are below.

For more information on financials, contact the Financial Aid Office. Call (518) 489-4026 or email

Click here for 2016 – 2017 Financial Aid Packet.



Federal Student Aid

We encourage all prospective students to apply for Federal Student Aid. Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online Our federal school code is 037733. If you prefer a paper application, please contact our Financial Aid representative. Call (518) 489-4026 or email

CNWSMT participates in the following Federal Programs:

    • FEDERAL PELL GRANT – Need-based gift aid that does not need to be repaid
    • FEDERAL DIRECT STAFFORD LOANS – Federal Loans for Undergraduate Students (non-credit based)
    • FEDERAL DIRECT PLUS LOANS – Parent Loans for Dependent Undergraduate Students

      Personal Loans through Banks & Credit Unions

      Many banks offer personal loans for education. We recommend checking with your bank and shopping around for the best interest rate. Local credit unions prove to be a good option for education loans, both in rates and customer service. Below are some local credit unions in the Capital Region that offer private educational loans for our Massage Therapy program:


      There are scholarships to help pay for Massage Therapy School. Scholarships are available through CNWSMT and outside organizations.

      Click here for more information

      Governement Funding

      Students may be eligible for funding education from state and/or local (county) governments. Particularly if they are profiled under the State Unemployment Insurance Program.

      Eligibility for this aid depends on an individual’s specific needs and demographic characteristics. Students seeking this type of aid work with the agency to ensure 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.

      School Based Financing Options

      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

      Monthly Payment Plan
      If other funding options are exhausted, students may be eligible for a Monthly Payment Plan (MPP). Under the MPP, students need 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 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.

      Students combining a MPP with their Federal Student Aid, and are financing a tuition balance of $3,000 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 $100 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 incoming students are required to meet with our Financial Aid Administrator and must have a completed 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



Our Programs

Our NYS recognized Massage Therapy Training program is offered in 3 formats:
  • Full-Time Day
  • Part-Time Morning
  • Part-Time Evening

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Center For Natural Wellness
School Of Massage Therapy
3 Cerone Commercial Drive
Albany, NY 12205
Administrative Office: (518) 489-4026
Student Massage Clinic: (518) 489-4068
Fax: (518) 489-0522


Administrative Office: (518) 489-4026 | Student Massage Clinic: (518) 489-4068 | Fax: (518) 489-0522