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Access Our classes are open to everyone from all communities. Please let us know if you have any special concerns or need special assistance.

Age Requirements Adult classes are open to students 18 years of age and older. Age requirements for Kids classes are listed per class.

Changes NCE reserves the right to cancel classes that are under-enrolled, and to change times, locations, and instructors when necessary.

Discounts/Scholarships We offer a 15% discount to seniors (age 65+), veterans, and employees of the city of Newton. The discount is available on most of our classes; ELL, one-session, pairs-rate, and other select classes are excluded. Discounts do not apply to materials, food fees or our Kids classes and can not be combined. You can register online and receive this discount after we’ve added you to the discount group; please call our office at 617-559-6999 if you qualify. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis for Newton residents. Call 617-559-6999 for more information.

Gift Certificates Gift certificates are available in any amount and can be used for any class we offer.

Parking for Evening Classes Free parking is available in lots at both high schools. There is additional parking on neighborhood streets; please pay attention to all official street signs, as parking laws are enforced.

Permissions We may occasionally post student work to our website or take pictures of students in our classes to use in promotional materials. Your enrollment in a class indicates your approval for this.

Refunds/Withdrawals  You can withdraw up to four days before the start date of an adult class and seven days before the start date of a Kids school-year class to receive either a refund minus a $10 processing fee, or a credit-on-account minus a $5 fee. The start date is the date printed in our catalog. The $6 registration fee is non-refundable. No other refunds or credits will be given, unless we cancel your class, in which case you’ll receive a full refund. To withdraw from a class, call us during office hours; we do not process withdrawals by email. There are no partial refunds for student absences, scheduling conflicts, or weather-related closings. Some classes may have different withdrawal and refund policies; see class listings for those exceptions.

Registration Fee We charge a $6 registration fee per person per session.

Waitlist Status If the class you want to take is full, sign up for the waitlist! It’s free, and we often get last-minute changes. You can always turn down a spot if it’s offered to you.

Trial Classes Sorry, we do not offer trial classes.

Weather Cancellations If Newton public schools are closed due to inclement weather, our classes that run in school buildings are cancelled. Decisions about off-site classes are made individually; check the class listing online. Classes cancelled due to weather will be made up at the end of the term; there will be no refunds for weather-related closings.

We are Inclusive NCE does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by federal or state law.