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G.I. Bill®

The Neighborhood Playhouse Welcomes Veteran Applicants

You served. You sacriced. For that, we thank you.

At The Neighborhood Playhouse soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardians and marines seeking professional actor training have excelled and played a vital role in establishing and maintaining our legacy of excellence. We have had the honor of many US veterans attending over the years under the G.I. Bill® and presently under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®. Many US Veteran graduates have become outstanding members of the entertainment community and some have become Hollywood stars and cinematic icons such as Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Albert Paulsen, Gerard O’Laughlin, and Tucker Smallwood to name a few.

We appreciate your service and sacrifice, and are committed to your successful transition from military to civilian life. This commitment includes helping you navigate the application, admissions, and veteran benefit process with a designated  administrator and helping to ensure your completeion of the Professional Actor Training Program. 

For more infomation please contact School Certifying Official, Paula Gregorio:

Facility Code: 35004632

Accreditations, Approvals, and Authorizations

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

The school is also approved by New York State Education Department to offer post-secondary training in Dramatic Arts: Acting to provide training to US veterans under Chapter 33 G.I. Bill® and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® Veterans Benefits as a non-degree granting certificate program. The school meets the eligibility requirements to award federal student aid to qualifying students offered under the US Dept. of Education’s Title IV program. Title IV assistance is available only to U.S. citizens, with very few exceptions. Students interested in applying for financial assistance should notify the school’s Financial Aid Officer of this interest when applying to ensure they begin the application process in a timely and correct manner.

Compliance with 38 USC 3679

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, whilepayment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to: 

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class; 

    can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates: 

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

    2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility. 

  • Provide written request to be certified
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described inother institutional policies.