Through the administration of its financial aid program, Bard College seeks to assist students and families whose personal resources do not allow for total payment of the costs of attending a small private college. The College is committed to helping as many qualified candidates as its funds allow; in recent years, more than two-thirds of all students have received financial aid.
Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need, academic achievement, and promise. Financial need is determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education, the College Scholarship Service of the College Board (CSS), and Bard College. In order to qualify for financial assistance, students must submit the appropriate forms annually. Forms and other materials are available in the fall of each year. It is important to meet the deadlines.
The Bard Admission Committee evaluates applications for admission, for the most part, without regard to financial need. International students may be eligible, based on need, for Bard scholarships. Awards are made without reference to ethnic or national origin, sex, age, marital status, or handicap. Types of available financial aid are summarized below. More detailed information can be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid or on the Bard College website at bard.edu/financialaid.