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Veterans Benefits

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship's  Twelve-week Intensive and Nine-month Comprehensive programs are approved for the use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits.

To confirm your eligibility for benefits, call the VA at 888-442-4551 or complete the VONAPP (Veterans on-line application for benefits application).

Links to veterans affairs information

The Post-9/11 GI-Bill
Veterans on-line application for benefits application

Our Application Process

For the Twelve-week Intensive, all students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. See registration page for registration procedures, fees and deposits.

For the Nine-month Comprehensive, GI Bill beneficiaries should follow our standard application procedure, which can be found here.

To begin receiving your benefits, please forward a copy of your Veterans Administration (VA) letter of eligibility to Dorrie Higbee at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

The best way to discover if the school is the right fit for you is to visit. Tour the facilities meet others who are interested in the school, ask questions and learn more about the school and the admissions process. We also welcome calls and e-mails. Write to or call 207-594-5611.


Refund policy for GI Bill Beneficiaries

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship will provide a pro-rata refund of tuition for any student using the GI Bill (GI Bill Beneficiary) who chooses to withdraw from the course prior to the end date. The student must notify a certifying official at the Center, in writing, of the date of withdrawal. The refund is calculated based on the number of full instruction days remaining in the program after the receipt of this notification or after the actual date of withdrawal, whichever occurs later.



Upcoming Events

Guest Speakers in October

We invite you to attend two upcoming talks by distinguished guest speakers. Attendance is free, but seating in our Messler Gallery is limited and must be reserved ahead of time. To make reservations on a first-come, first-served basis, please email



Sunday, October 12   7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

David Trubridge is an acclaimed furniture and lighting designer with his own production company in Havelock North, New Zealand. He has successfully spanned the divide between craft and product design to achieve international success while maintaining a focus on environmental responsibility. David will speak about his design ethos and career, and will be available to sign copies of his recent book: So Far. Reservations required: please email



Monday, October 13   7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Bebe Johnson is co-owner (with her husband, Warren) of Pritam & Eames, which has been the nation's premier gallery for studio furniture for more than three decades. In this talk she will share her passion for fine furniture and her reflections on the past and future of studio furniture, while discussing their new book: Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters. Reservations required: please email


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Financial Aid

In 2014 the Center is offering a limited number of student loans toward the cost of tuition for incoming Nine-month Comprehensive students. These will be private loans directly from the Center.



  • Loans are limited to a maximum of $11,000 per student.


  • Loans are amortized over a five-year term at 6% interest, payable in monthly installments
  • The first payment is due after the class ends, on July 1, 2015.
  • Loans require a qualified co-signor.

Application Deadline

  • Loan applications will be considered on a rolling basis as long as there are still funds available.

Application Materials

  • Please contact Student Services Manager Dorrie Higbee at 207-594-5611 or for application materials.

Contact Us


Center for Furniture Craftsmanship


25 Mill Street
Rockport, Maine 04856
ph: 207-594-5611
fax: 207-594-7511

Please submit the information below or visit our staff directory.

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