1. grants and scholarships, which do not require repayment and entail no work obligation;
2. loans, with varying interest rates and payment schedules; and
3. work-study, which is earned for part-time employment on or off campus.
Depending on the type of aid, the program may be administered by Bard College or by external agencies. Typically, financial aid funds administered by the College are awarded on the basis of financial need (as determined by the federal government, the College Scholarship Service, and Bard College), academic achievement, and promise.
Each student’s eligibility for federal programs is determined as part of the process of creating a financial aid package. Federal loans and grants may contribute significantly to the aid package. For more detailed information about federal student aid programs, go to the Student Guide on the FAFSA website. Click here to learn more about interest rates, origination fees, loan disbursement and processing.
Your home state may offer grant and scholarship assistance for study at Bard, which may require a separate application. Research aid programs in your state in order to make sure you have explored all your options. Contact your state grant agency or the high school guidance office to learn about your state’s programs and requirements. Bard's Financial Aid Office can assist with application questions for New York State programs, including BEOP and TAP.
Bard College Aid
Bard offers a number of scholarships and special programs that are available only to Bard students. All Bard College scholarships and grants are awarded for study at the College’s campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. They cannot be applied toward payment of tuition and fees for programs at other institutions in the United States or abroad. These awards are for four continuous years of study, assuming all requirements are met. Students are automatically considered for all Bard College grants or scholarships for which they may be eligible. All Bard College scholarships are need based. The Distinguished Scientist Scholars (DSS) program and the Levy Economics Scholarship have a supplement that must be submitted to the Office of Admission with your application.