Financial Aid and Scholarships

Bard CEP offers financial assistance in the form of fellowships, project assistantships, campus employment, and student loans. Financial aid is awarded each year on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and available funding. Awards are made without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, age, marital status, religion, ethnic or national origin, or handicapping conditions. Financial aid awards are not automatically renewed. Students wishing to reapply for fellowships and loans should submit their materials according to the deadlines for returning students below.

Dates and Deadlines

January 31 - Early Applicant Deadline for Financial Aid
March 15 - Regular Applicant Deadline for Financial Aid
May 15 - Final Deadline for Financial Aid 
Please note: Fellowships and campus employment will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis after the March 15th.

May 1 - Deadline for Second Year Students to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens

All incoming and returning students who are U.S. citizens seeking financial aid should complete the FAFSA form, available online at, or by request from the Bard College Office of Financial Aid (845-758-7526). For incoming students, the FAFSA should be submitted by the admission deadline that applies to you (e.g., if you apply by the January 15 deadline, you should also submit your FAFSA by January 15). Students in default of a federal student loan or owing a refund on a federal grant are not eligible for federal financial aid. Expand for Applying for Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens Financial Aid in the Second Year

Applying for Financial Aid for Non-U.S. Citizens

International applicants are not eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. government, but may qualify for other sources of aid, including Bard CEP fellowships, assistantships, and campus employment. International applicants seeking financial aid should fill out the International Student Financial Aid Application and Certification of Finances, both available for download here.
More information for international applicants can be found online here or by request from the Bard College Office of Financial Aid (845-758-7526).


Student Loans

Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who file a FAFSA are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Loan and GradPLUS programs.

Applying for Student Loans:
  • Federal Direct Loan Expand for Federal Direct Loan
  • Federal GradPLUS Loan Expand for Federal GradPLUS Loan

+ Bard CEP Scholarships 

+ Application Instructions

+ Appeals to Financial Aid Awards