The Financial Aid Package

The Financial Aid Office attempts to assemble a package of awards to meet each student’s need based on the availability of funds. The financial aid offer is referred to as the financial aid package because it typically consists of scholarships and grants, loans, and work-study funding. Although the College is committed to helping as many students as possible, funds for assistance are limited. Applicants should be aware that not every student will receive assistance equal to his or her demonstrated financial need.

Overview of Your Package

The Financial Aid Office administers available funds uniformly and equitably in accordance with the existing regulations and policies. If a student feels that his or her request was not given proper or adequate consideration, he or she may appeal the decision. In such cases the student should contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Not every student who demonstrates financial need will be given institutional scholarship assistance, given the large number of applicants for aid and the limited scholarship funds that are available. The College may decide that the applicant’s academic credentials, in spite of financial need, do not warrant scholarship aid for the entry year at Bard. A favorable decision for future years would depend on the applicant’s academic record at Bard and the availability of funds. Families need to consider their ability to cover educational expenses for the full four years that the student will be attending Bard College. If the family finds that they have income and assets to cover only a portion of that time, they should apply for aid for the student's first year of attendance. Consideration for aid for families not receiving it initially will be on a case-by-case basis and will depend on available funding in subsequent years. A committee that meets in June and December of each year will review these later applications.

An offer of financial aid, unless otherwise stated, is made on the assumption that the applicant will be a full-time student and will incur full-time tuition and room and board charges at Bard College - Annandale. If these assumptions are wrong, the applicant should expect a revision of the financial aid offer.

All Bard College financial aid is awarded for study at the College’s campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. It cannot be applied to the payment of tuition and fees for programs at other institutions in the United States or for study abroad.

Notification of financial aid awards for new students begins in mid-March and continues through the middle of April. Notification of financial aid offers to early action candidates with completed CSS Profiles will begin mid-December. Packaging and notification for returning students is completed in early May.

Contacting Bard Financial Aid

Bard College
Office of Financial Aid

PO Box 5000 (30 Campus Road)
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Location: Physical Plant, Rm 108
Phone: 845-758-7526 or 845-758-7525 Fax: 845-758-7336
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