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For general information on financial aid, including necessary forms, resources, and information for international students, go to Bard College’s financial aid website at or call the Office of Financial Aid at 845-758-7526.

For information related specifically to MAT fellowships and scholarships, please contact or 1-800-460-3243.

Financial Aid

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 VIEW MORE >>
  • 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 >>
  • 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,


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.
    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.

    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 >>