DACA and Undocumented Applicants

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Information for DACA and Undocumented Students

From the President of Bard College:

On behalf of the staff and faculty of Bard College, I wish to make clear that the college is not in agreement with the President’s call to end DACA, which exemplifies the essence of America—its history and its values. Bard proudly enrolls DACA students in its national network: its undergraduate college in Annandale-on-Hudson, its nine early colleges and early college centers across the country, and its graduate programs in New York and Los Angeles. Through our educational programs, advocacy and the Bard Sanctuary Fund, created last year to support undocumented students and refugees, the College will continue to support Dreamers and others in our communities of learning who may not enjoy the protection of legal status but whose right to an education must be defended.

Bard upholds a mission of inclusion and diversity, and we welcome all students, regardless of citizenship status or national origin to apply to the College. This includes students who are undocumented, and students who hold DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. 

The application process for DACA or undocumented students does not differ from the application process for any student living in the United States. Our admission process is confidential and holistic, and we encourage students to use their application as an opportunity to share their lived experience with the admission committee. For more information, please refer to and utilize the requirements and deadlines for domestic first-year or transfer applicants. If you have any further questions about applying, please contact admission@bard.edu.
While federal financial aid protocols impact undocumented students, DACA or undocumented students may apply for Bard College institutional financial aid using either the CSS Profile or the International Student Application for Financial Aid. Links to both forms and more information about financial aid application deadlines can be found on the financial aid website. Questions regarding financial aid can be directed to finaid@bard.edu.