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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.
Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
The recently passed 2019 budget included a new Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program that would forgive up to $5,000 in student loans for teachers who teach in "shortage subject areas" or in "hard to staff districts," or for applicants who are economically disadvantaged, as defined by HESC. Click here to read more.
Scholarships and Loans
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. Scholarships
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. Federal Direct 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. Federal Grad PLUS Loan
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by individuals who complete terms of national service in approved AmeriCorps programs. Upon successful completion of the service, members are eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps Segal Education Award Matching Program
The BardMAT Program is proud of its status as a Coverdell Fellows program, offering additional support to MAT candidates who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program
- Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans