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Prospective Students Tuition & fees

Tuition and Fees (per session)

2014-15 independent study $5,112
2015 summer session $15,450

Students enroll in three summer sessions and two independent study periods. The estimated cost of tuition for the entire program, starting in summer 2015 and finishing in summer 2017, is $58,000. Housing and other fees listed below are not included in this figure.

2015 Application fee $65
Registration fee (per summer session) $100
Studio fee (per summer session) $275
Refundable damage deposit $125
Graduation fee (charged at registration for the final summer in residence) $120
Summer 2014 on-campus housing (for eight weeks, single room) $1574
2014 Student Health Insurance (for summer only) $236
Students who take an official leave of absence from the program or who take longer than three years to complete their work are charged a maintenance-of-status fee $500 per year

Schedule of Payment

A nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $500 is due from incoming students by the deadline given with the admission offer. Students intending to pay the 2015 summer session tuition and fees through Federal Direct Loans must have a properly completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by March 8, 2015, and must submit a copy of their 2014 income tax return by mid-May. Billing statements will reflect only charges and financial aid awards that have been approved. Students will be billed in April 2015 for the 2015 summer session. Full payment is due on or before May 22, 2015. Students are billed in December for that year's independent study session.


No refund of any fees will be made in the event that a student withdraws from the program at any time after registration, except as specified herein. In no event is the enrollment deposit refundable. In all cases, the student must submit an official request for withdrawal to the Graduate Committee. The date of submission of such a request will determine the amount of refund. Students who officially withdraw before the first day of classes for the term in question will be given a full refund of all charges, less the nonrefundable enrollment deposit. If official withdrawal from the program occurs within the first five class-days of the program, 75 percent of tuition will be refunded; all other fees, including registration, housing, and studio fees, are nonrefundable. No refunds for withdrawals will be issued after the first week of the summer session. No refund is made in cases of suspension or expulsion.


2015 application is now available in Slideroom. 

Please visit our 'applying' page for the link and application guidelines.

Alumna Corrine Fitzpatrick MFA '11 writes about the Bard MFA program for Artforum's

Info Sessions dates are now posted.