For general information on financial aid, including necessary forms, resources, and information for international students, go to Bard College’s financial aid website at www.bard.edu/financialaid or call the Office of Financial Aid at 845-758-7526.
For information related specifically to MAT fellowships and scholarships, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-460-3243.
Bard offers several types of financial aid to help offset the costs of tuition and fees. Aid is in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and federal loans. The Master of Arts in Teaching Program does not offer teaching assistantships, federal work-study opportunities, or tuition waivers. All students are eligible to apply for scholarships; only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for fellowships and deferral loans.
Scholarships and Loans
Scholarships A student may qualify for financial assistance in the form of scholarships or loans, depending on financial need. Financial need is assessed by a uniform method from financial data submitted by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. VIEW MORE >>
Financial need is the difference between the student’s budget of expenses and the assessed ability of the student to meet those expenses. No student who is in default on a student loan or who owes a refund on a federal grant is eligible for financial aid.
Those whose applications are received on or before the priority deadline of March 1, 2013, receive first consideration for assistance funds. Applications received after this deadline are considered in order of receipt until all scholarship assistance funds are committed.
Federal Direct Loan 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 program, which provides subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Eligible students may borrow up to $8,500 annually through a Federal Direct Loan. VIEW MORE >>
Eligible graduate students may also take out a supplemental, unsubsidized direct loan of up to $12,000 annually in addition to the basic subsidized or unsubsidized direct loan awarded, provided the total amount of assistance does not exceed the graduate program’s annual cost.
The loan is subsidized when the student demonstrates financial need according to a federal formula that ascertains the difference between the budgeted educational expenses and the student’s financial strength. In those cases, the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled in school; repayment of the loan principal and remaining interest begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
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.
Federal Grad PLUS Loan Graduate students can now access the Federal Grad 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 half-time. A credit check is required. These loans are disbursed in the same way as the Federal Direct Loan.
Federal and New York City Loan Forgiveness Programs Information on federal loan forgiveness programs for new teachers is available on the New York City Department of Education’s Teach NYC website, http://schools.nyc.gov/TeachNYC.
Additional scholarship opportunities may become available after the publication of this catalogue, and fellowship options are subject to change. Please visit our website for up-to-date information.
BARD COLLEGE RESIDENCY PROGRAM FELLOWSHIP (CA CAMPUS ONLY) Qualified applicants may be eligible for up to $30,000 through funding made available by a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant, awarded to Bard’s MAT Program in California by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement. This award supports the Bard MAT Program’s unique approach to teacher education, in which graduate studies and classroom experiences are integrated during a year of study and practice in public schools through extended field placements in urban schools in Los Angeles or rural schools in California’s Central Valley. The grant also funds support for MAT Program graduates during their first three years of teaching. Fellowship recipients must commit to teaching in a federally designated high needs public school in Los Angeles or the Central Valley for a minimum of three years after degree completion; they will be fully supported in obtaining a full-time teaching position. To apply for the Residency Fellowship, applicants must meet all MAT Program acceptance criteria and complete the additional steps listed below. Additional Application Steps for the Residency Program Fellowship1. A personal statement of no more than 750 words that explains the applicant’s commitment to teaching and interest in the unique educational needs of urban students in Los Angeles or rural students in the Central Valley.2. An additional letter of recommendation from an individual who can describe the applicant’s interests, strengths, experiences, and/or motivations as they apply to a teaching commitment in public education in Los Angeles or the Central Valley.3. An interview with the MAT Program Admission Committee.
PEACE CORPS COVERDELL FELLOWS PROGRAM
The BardMAT Program is proud to announce its status as a Coverdell Fellows program, offering additional support to MAT candidates who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. VIEW MORE >>
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) offers returned Peace Corps Volunteers financial aid, such as scholarships and stipends, and professional internships to participate in graduate-level work at more than 70 partner schools. Master’s and doctoral degrees combined with substantive internships in underserved American communities prepare Fellows for their careers in a wide range of disciplines. Volunteers who satisfactorily complete their Peace Corps service gain lifetime eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows Program. Bard College’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) is a unique teacher preparation program that focuses on in-depth disciplinary study accompanied by a yearlong apprenticeship in secondary schools. Bard MAT is delighted to partner with the Peace Corps in supporting the education of Coverdell Fellows to become excellent teachers in the U.S.
The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at The Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program
About the Coverdell Fellows Program
Founded in 1985 at Teachers College, Columbia University (and formerly known as Fellows/USA), the Coverdell Fellows Program is now a network of partnerships between the Peace Corps and more than 90 universities across the country. Competitively selected Coverdell Fellows undertake service internships in high-need American communities and receive financial aid while working toward their graduate degrees. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers may apply to enroll in a Coverdell Fellowship at participating universities at any time after successfully completing Peace Corps service.
Coverdell Fellows at The Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program
The Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program Coverdell Fellows partnership was founded in February, 2013.
Coverdell Fellows at The Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program have the opportunity to earn Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in Biology, English, History or mathematics
Our Coverdell Fellows also undertake year-long service internships in local public schools in upstate New York, New York City or California
To be accepted to the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program Coverdell Fellows program, interested students must have a B.A. degree from an accredited liberal arts institution and a major or the equivalent in the area they wish to study in the BardMAT.
Coverdell Fellows at the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program receive the following benefits: All Coverdell Fellow applicants have the application fee waived. Fellows selected for the program will receive at least 30% tuition remission, a financial aid package amounting to $11,794.
To learn more about Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program Coverdell Fellowships, please contact:
Cecilia Maple, Director of Admission
Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College