First Steps2020 Orientation Day to be announced.
Once you have completed the items on the enrollment checklist, you may proceed to the following steps, all of which should be completed prior to the start of the semester.
Graduate Conservatory Internship
For many graduate students a conservatory internship is part of your aid package. Your duties under this internship include help in the Conservatory office, or related activities for the 15 weeks of each semester. You will receive an email communication about this internship later in the summer.
Billing, Financial Aid, and Federal Student Loans
Billing statements will be available online 20 days before each scheduled payment due date. To pay your tuition online, visit: https://www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/selfservice/.
Balances should be paid promptly; overdue balances are subject to a finance charge of 1 percent per month (12 percent per year). Accounts more than 15 days late in payment are subject to an additional $25 late fee. Finance charges on amounts to be paid by financial aid that has not yet been credited to a student’s account will not be waived unless Bard College is at fault for late processing of the aid. If accounts are not paid as due, the College reserves the right to require that payment be made by bank cashier’s check or money order, or wire transfer. Academic and financial holds are placed on accounts not paid as due. These holds prevent release of transcripts and registration confirmation and changes. If the required payment is not received before the start of the term, the students’ account will be inactivated, and the students’ registration will be canceled for that semester. In addition to the required payment due, there is a $100 late registration fee applicable to the outstanding balance.
Your billing statement will reflect any financial aid as well as federal student loans; however, if you submitted an online health insurance waiver within several weeks prior to receiving the tuition statement, the statement may include the default Bard health care coverage fee. If this is the case, simply subtract the indicated amount of the health coverage fee from the total statement balance. The difference in billing amount will be reconciled by the Office of Student Accounts, and you will not be penalized.
For more information on student accounts and billing, please visit: www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/.
Housing and Roommates
There are many options available for students to find housing on or off campus. Most graduate students in the Conservatory find housing off campus in the surrounding area; however, if you wish to apply to live in one of the graduate student housing buildings on campus, you may print, fill out, and return the Graduate Housing Profile by June 1, available for download here: www.bard.edu/reslife/transfer/.
Many tools are available for Conservatory students to find roommates and off campus housing. The most common method used by incoming students is to search the housing section on the Hudson Valley Craigslist website. This website includes the entire Hudson Valley region of New York, so as you search, keep in mind that the most accessible towns include Tivoli, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Germantown. The standard commuting time to campus is anywhere between 10 and 25 minutes.
A contact list of all conservatory graduate students will be emailed early in the summer. This will put you in touch with the current and new students and provide you with the opportunity to connect with students who may be looking for housing and/or roommates for next year.
If you have any questions concerning housing, please feel free to contact Conservatory Admissions at email@example.com.
Bard Student ID Cards
Upon arriving to campus, incoming students should go to the Buildings and Grounds office on-campus anytime between 11am and 3pm, Monday thru Friday, to get their student ID card. This will be necessary for accessing student services on and off campus, including checking out books from the Bard College library and printing using the campus printers. In order to receive their ID card, students will need to provide their legal name and Banner ID number, which was given to them in the initial communication for setting-up their Bard email address.
During the first week of classes, you will be able to sign up for a locker in the Bitó Conservatory Building. More information about lockers can be found in the conservatory wiki.
Vehicle Registration is handled by theÂ Department of Safety and Security,Â located in the OldÂ Gym, adjacent to the Olin Humanities Building.