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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 fafsa.ed.gov, 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.
Financial Aid in the Second Year
Financial assistance is not automatically renewed for the second year of the program. Second-year Bard CEP students wishing to reapply for financial aid must submit a FAFSA by May 1 in order to be considered for any form of financial assistance in their second year. For questions regarding financial aid and student loans, please visit the Bard College Office of Financial Aid online at www.bard.edu/financialaid. Please indicate to them that you are inquiring about this as a graduate student.
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.
International Student Application for Financial Aid
Certification of Finances (foreign nationals file in order to obtain a visa)
More information for international applicants can be found online here or by request from the Bard College Office of Financial Aid (845-758-7526).
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
Eligible graduate students may take out an unsubsidized direct loan of up to $22,500 annually provided the total amount of assistance does not exceed the graduate program’s annual cost. An unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan does not require demonstration of financial need. The student begins paying interest charges on the loan while enrolled in school; repayment on the loan principal begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. Students in default of a federal student loan or owing a refund on a federal grant are not eligible for federal financial aid. Loans are disbursed in two equal payments, one each semester, provided all Bard Financial Aid Office requirements have been fulfilled. Electronic disbursements are credited to the student’s account when they are received. Check disbursements are sent to the Student Accounts Office; the student must sign the loan check before it can be credited to his or her account. If the check is not signed within a designated period, the Student Accounts Office is obliged to return it to the lender for cancellation. In such a case, the student becomes responsible for the entire account balance and is charged a $100 penalty fee for late payment and duplication of the loan-disbursement procedure. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Federal GradPLUS Loan
Graduate students can now access the federal PLUS Loan Program to pay for the cost of education not covered by other financial aid. This loan is guaranteed by the federal government and may be deferred while the student is enrolled at least part-time. A credit check is required. These loans are disbursed in the same way as the federal Direct Loan.
+ Bard CEP Scholarships
Fellowships and Other Assistance:
Environmental Consortium Scholarships
Peace Corps Fellowships
Rachel Carson and Wangari Maathai Scholarships
LIASE Scholar (For Students from China, Japan or Korea)
City Year “Give-A-Year” Fellowships
Nancy Mathews ’64 Internship Fund
+ Application Instructions
Bard CEP awards financial aid in the form of fellowships project and assistantships, which are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit. Financial aid award packages range from 10-70% of total tuition costs, with most students falling in the 20-40% range. Awards higher than 40% are not common, so incoming students should plan to finance the majority of their studies and living expenses from other sources.
Students must reapply during their first year at Bard to be considered for fellowships, student loans, and internship funding in the second year. Second-year financial aid awards are based on a combination of financial need, academic merit, and availability of program funds. Second-year financial aid awards are typically the same percentage of tuition as first year awards; however, academic standing and availability of program funds is taken into account in calculating second year award letters.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to research external sources of funding and to apply for scholarships and grants that will support the tuition costs and living expenses of the program, including the internship and master’s capstone research. Many states sponsor loan programs. Commercial banks also offer private loans for students. Grant monies are available from a number of national organizations and private corporations that support education at the graduate level. International applicants are encouraged to seek support for educational expenses from their governments, foundations, or private agencies. External awards can be held concurrently with a Bard CEP fellowship award, and students are encouraged to notify Bard CEP about any external funding they have received.
+ Appeals to Financial Aid Awards
Students who wish to appeal a financial aid award may do so in writing, explaining the reasons for seeking additional funding to support their graduate degree. Appeals are considered by the Graduate Committee, and if approved the student will be issued a revised financial aid award letter. Students will not be penalized for requesting additional funding, but should keep in mind there are limited program funds available to support all students in the program. Appeals will be processed through the admissions office, and letters may be sent directly to Director of Admissions, Katie Boyle (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include your reasons for requesting additional funding, any extenuating circumstances, and a list of foreseeable expenses for the academic year in question.