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 Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts does not offer teaching assistantships, work-study opportunities, or tuition waivers. All students are eligible to apply for fellowships and scholarships; only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal loans. For financial aid purposes students are considered to be enrolled half-time during their first two years of the program and full-time for their final summer.


Over 90% of MFA students receive at least one type of grant aid (fellowship or scholarship); many receive both. Applicants who are selected for an interview and wish to apply for financial aid will be instructed to submit a 2016-17 FAFSA or International Student Financial Aid form by March 1, 2016. There are no financial aid forms to submit at the time of application to the program.
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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) or the International Student Financial Aid form. Financial need is the difference between the student's budget of expenses and the assessed ability of each student to meet those expenses. Scholarships and loans are not automatically renewed. In order to be eligible for renewal, the student must reapply every year, remain in good standing, and continue to demonstrate financial need. No student who is in default on a student loan or who owes a refund on a federal grant is eligible for scholarships or loans.
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  • Federal Direct Loan Expand for more.
  • Federal Grad PLUS Loan Expand for more.