Financial Aid and Scholarships

Bard CEP offers financial assistance in the form of fellowships, project assistantships, campus employment, and student loans. Financial aid is awarded each year on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and available funding. Awards are made without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, age, marital status, religion, ethnic or national origin, or handicapping conditions. Financial aid awards are not automatically renewed. Students wishing to reapply for fellowships and loans should submit their materials according to the deadlines for returning students below.
Dates and Deadlines

January 15 - Early Applicant Deadline for Financial Aid
March 15 - Regular Applicant Deadline for Financial Aid
June 1 - Final Deadline for Financial Aid

Bard CEP Scholarships 
Fellowships and Other Assistance:
Please request details on any of these scholarships from Caitlin O'Donnell:
  • CEP Fellowships Expand for CEP Fellowships
  • Opportunity Scholars Program Expand for Opportunity Scholars Program
  • Riverkeeper Scholar Expand for Riverkeeper Scholar
  • Peace Corps Fellowship Expand for Peace Corps Fellowship
  • Rachel Carson and Wangari Maathai Scholarships Expand for Rachel Carson and Wangari Maathai Scholarships
  • Bard-AmeriCorps Fellowship Expand for Bard-AmeriCorps Fellowship
  • Project Assistantships Expand for Project Assistantships
  • ASC Scholarship Expand for ASC Scholarship
  • C2C Fellowship Expand for C2C Fellowship
  • City Year "Give-A-Year" Fellowships Expand for City Year "Give-A-Year" Fellowships
  • **Please Read: Combining Scholarships Expand for **Please Read: Combining Scholarships
Applying for Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens
All incoming and returning students who are U.S. citizens seeking financial aid should complete the FAFSA form, available online at, or by request from the Bard College Office of Financial Aid (845-758-7526). For incoming students, the FAFSA should be submitted by the admission deadline that applies to you (e.g., if you apply by the January 15 deadline, you should also submit your FAFSA by January 15). Students in default of a federal student loan or owing a refund on a federal grant are not eligible for federal financial aid. Expand for Applying for Financial Aid for U.S. Citizens Financial Aid in the Second Year
Applying for Financial Aid for Non-U.S. Citizens
International applicants are not eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. government, but may qualify for other sources of aid, including Bard CEP fellowships, assistantships, and campus employment. International applicants seeking financial aid should fill out the International Student Financial Aid Application and Certification of Finances, both available for download here.
  • International Student Application for Financial Aid
  • Certification of Finances (foreign nationals file in order to obtain a visa)

More information for international applicants can be found online here or by request from the Bard College Office of Financial Aid (845-758-7526).

Student Loans
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 and GradPLUS programs.

Applying for Student Loans:
  • Federal Direct Loan Expand for Federal Direct Loan
  • Federal GradPLUS Loan Expand for Federal GradPLUS Loan

+ Application Instructions

+ Appeals to Financial Aid Awards