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Bard MBA offers variety of options for financial assistance to reduce the cost of attendance. Students may apply for fellowships, campus employment positions, or student loans. All assistance awards.
Bard MBA offers Graduate Fellowships to qualified applicants. Fellowships are a tuition reduction and do not require additional work or service to the program. Fellowships are awarded on a need basis. All incoming students are eligible for Fellowships. Fellowships are reviewed yearly and are not renewed automatically. Additionally, all applicants are strongly encouraged to research external sources of funding and to apply for scholarships and grants that will support the tuition costs and living expenses of the program. External awards can be held concurrently with a Bard MBA Graduate Fellowship.
Bard MBA offers Course Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions to current students. Program Assistants support up to 3 professors in managing their online courses. Teaching Assistants support one professor with course delivery. Positions are accompanied by Campus Employment stipend and are paid out over the course of the semester. Interested students must apply to the positions when employment openings are announced to the Bard MBA community.
Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and who file a
are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Loan and GradPLUS programs.
Applying for Student Loans:
Federal Direct Loan
Eligible graduate students may take out an unsubsidized direct loan of up to $22,500 annually provided the total amount of assistance does not exceed the graduate program’s annual cost. 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. Students in default of a federal student loan or owing a refund on a federal grant are not eligible for federal financial aid. Loans are disbursed in two equal payments, one each semester, provided all Bard Financial Aid Office requirements have been fulfilled. Electronic disbursements are credited to the student’s account when they are received. Check disbursements are sent to the Student Accounts Office; the student must sign the loan check before it can be credited to his or her account. If the check is not signed within a designated period, the Student Accounts Office is obliged to return it to the lender for cancellation. In such a case, the student becomes responsible for the entire account balance and is charged a $100 penalty fee for late payment and duplication of the loan-disbursement procedure. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Federal GradPLUS Loan
Graduate students can now access the federal 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 part-time. A credit check is required. These loans are disbursed in the same way as the federal Direct Loan.
Applying for Financial Aid
All incoming and returning students who are U.S. citizens seeking financial aid must complete the FAFSA form, available online or by request from the Bard College Office of Financial Aid (845-758-7526).
Incoming students must submit the FAFSA by the admission deadline that to which they are applying. Financial assistance is not automatically renewed for the second year of the program.
Returning Bard MBA students wishing to reapply for financial aid (loans, fellowships, or employment positions) must submit a FAFSA by May 1 in order to be considered for any form of financial assistance in their second year.
International applicants should contact Caitlin O’Donnell (email@example.com) for information on applying for Fellowships and Campus Employment.