Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
Determining Eligibility for Financial Aid
In order to remain eligible to receive funds through federal, state, and institutional aid programs, a student must maintain good academic standing and progress. Such standing and progress are defined and reviewed by the College’s Executive Committee.Typically, awards are based on full-time enrollment, defined as a course load of a minimum of 12 credits per semester. If enrollment is less than full-time, financial aid awards are ordinarily prorated. New York State requires full-time enrollment each semester for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility. Federal Direct Loan eligibility requires at least half-time enrollment (a minimum of 6 credits per semester). In general Bard allows only those seniors who can attend part-time and still complete their degree requirements in four years (five years for Conservatory students) to attend less than full-time.
Determining Financial Need
The student’s financial need is the difference between the student budget (normal educational costs) and the assessed ability of the parents and student to meet those costs. Normal educational costs for all students include tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other personal and travel expenses. First-time students also pay fees for the Language and Thinking and Citizen Science Programs. A student and family together are regarded as the primary source of financial support and are expected to make every effort within reason to meet the expense of college. (The resources of a remarried parent’s spouse are assumed to be available to support the student.) Assistance from Bard is considered a supplement to the family’s contribution. The expected family contribution is determined by the College using data provided to the U.S. Department of Education, College Scholarship Service, and Bard. All of an applicant’s forms are analyzed by standard procedures.