Fees and Financial Aid

The annual tuition and fees for the Conservatory program are the same as for the College. Note, though, that the program will usually require five years rather than four, and students may choose to enroll in summer and January intersession programs, which carry additional costs. All Conservatory applicants are automatically considered for merit-based aid, in addition to any need-based aid for which they may qualify.

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Scholarship and Financial Aid


Domestic students:
Bard requires both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE registration forms; these forms are available at secondary schools and online.  Please note that documents to verify income and family data on the FAFSA and the PROFILE are also required.  Bard's code number for the FAFSA is 002671; Bard's code number for the PROFILE registration is 2037.

The FAFSA and PROFILE should be submitted no later than February 15.  For detailed instructions on how to apply for financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid website at www.bard.edu/financialaid/applying.

International Students

To be considered for financial aid at Bard College, international students and their parents are expected to complete the following forms:

Financial Aid Policy

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 will allow; in recent years, approximately two-thirds of all students have received financial aid.

The College has a need-aware admission policy. Financial need is determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education, the College Scholarship Service of the College Board, and Bard College. Domestic and international students are eligible, based on need and merit, for Bard scholarships and loans. Approximately two-thirds of Bard students receive financial aid.

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need, musical ability, and academic achievement and promise. For domestic applicants, financial need is determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education, the College Scholarship Service of the College Board (CSS), and Bard College.

Special Merit Scholarship Opportunities

All applicants to the Bard Conservatory are eligible for scholarships, based on both need and merit. In addition, the Conservatory, through the generosity of donors and partner organizations, offers the following special merit scholarships to undergraduate applicants. 
  • American Symphony Orchestra Double Bass Scholarship
  • American Symphony Orchestra Bassoon Scholarship
  • American Symphony Orchestra Brass Scholarship
  • Joan Tower Composition Scholarship
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