Bard Education Opportunity Program (BEOP) and
Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Bard College together with New York State fund HEOP and Bard College funds BEOP. These programs allow the College to accept a limited number of first-year students from historically economically disadvantaged groups. One objective of these programs is to assist students who, by reason of inadequate early educational preparation, do not compete with the average Bard applicant in high school grades, class rank, and College Board scores, but who do possess the ability and motivation for successful study at Bard. Students considered for the HEOP program must be residents of New York State.
The BEOP Office at Bard
determines the eligibility of the applicant and notifies the Financial Aid Office of its decision. The Financial Aid Office offers a financial aid package including federal, state, and institutional aid for HEOP students that meets the full financial need of the student. Potentially, BEOP students' full need may be met with federal and institutional aid.
Prospective BEOP students must file the FAFSA and the CSS Profile to be considered for financial aid. HEOP students must file at least the FAFSA. The deadline to complete the financial aid applications for prospective students is February 15. Continuing students are required to file the FAFSA by March 15. The CSS Profile is not required after the first year for BEOP and HEOP students.
New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
provides grant assistance to New York State residents attending a New York State school on a full-time basis. Awards are computed by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) based on the New York State net taxable income and the number of full-time college students in the family. In 2013–2014 the range of awards was approximately $500 to $5,500. For more detailed information, visit the HESC website