What was refunded last semester when students departed campus?
Over $2 million was refunded to students who left campus due to the pandemic, but the campus never closed. Tuition was billed in full, in part because faculty remained fully engaged in the move to online teaching. Students who wished to remain on campus were able to access housing and meals throughout the semester. In addition to the aforementioned refunds, the College already distributed nearly $1 million in additional federal relief funds (sized by need) directly to students.
Are there additional resources for students impacted by the pandemic?
We have established a student emergency fund for those with needs beyond what was covered by refunds and stimulus funds. We have also completed our largest-ever review of financial aid appeals and granted more adjustments than any other period in institutional history.
What is the cost increase to attend Bard for 2020–21?
The Board of Trustees accepted the administration’s request to keep tuition flat at its current level for 2020–2021, effectively giving all incoming and returning students some financial relief. For room and board, the College is passing through the expected cost of a 2.5 percent increase, which calculates out to $396 for Returning Resident.
I received a scholarship and loan, but it is not appearing on my bill; was the scholarship reversed?
Scholarships are renewed for all students in good academic standing, but you must reaffirm your financial aid (including loans) annually. If you have not already, please accept your financial aid package and any loans you wish to take (if applicable) to ensure that everything is accounted for on your billing.
What if I can't afford to make the full payment of the semester charges or need more time to make payment?
Bard offers a payment plan that you can use to make monthly payments. Additional information about the Bard Budget Plan and the application can be found using this link: www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/bardbudgetplan. The application fee for enrolling in the Bard Budget Plan was waived for the 2020-21 academic year to help those that may need more time to pay the semester costs. (Please note, the first payment in all plans was due June 19)
How can the office share information with someone besides the student?
This is to ensure FERPA compliance, the Student Accounts Office is unable to discuss a students account with anyone other than the student or send information to an email address other than the students Bard College email address; this includes billing and payment information. In order for our office representatives to discuss information with an individual other than the student, we must have an Information Release Form on file from the student. More information and the form can be found using the following link: www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/policies/. Please look for the drop down FERPA. We will need the student to complete and return the original copy to our office via mail. Without this form on file, the student will be the only person to receive all account information, and will need to forward the information to those they wish to share it with.
I want to see my student's bill or online account, but cannot gain access?
The student will be the only one with access to view their student account or make payments online unless they set up a Parent/Authorized User. A student may create a Parent/Authorized User Login to allow parents, guardians and other authorized users to access their account information. A Parent/Authorized User Login must be created by the student before it can be used. Information on how to complete this step can be found using the following link: www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/selfservice/ . Please look for the drop down "Creating a User Login for Parents or Authorized Users". Only students can initiate this.
I have a scholarship from an outside organization, what should I do?
If you have the scholarship check, please mail it to our office. If the scholarship check is may payable to both the student and Bard College, please endorse the back of the check before mailing.
If you do not have the scholarship check at this time, please send a copy (email or mail) of the letter of intent/award to the Office of Student Accounts and we can memo the expected scholarship to your student account. This will allow us to show the scholarship and calculate your billing statement accordingly to reduce any amount that may be due.
How can I become a part-time student?
Please contact the Office of the Registrar to discuss being part-time for the academic year or semester. We will need a completed "Bard College Part-Time Student Status Request" form on file before we can adjust your student account to part time. This form can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar and will need to be signed by the Office of the Registrar, Dean of Students Office, Financial Aid Office, and our office (Office of Student Accounts) before the student account can be adjusted. Please note, Part-time may affect financial aid, housing,VA Benefit, International Visa status F1/J1, Health/Auto Insurance, NCAA eligibility.
I am thinking about taking a leave of absence for the academic year or semester, what steps do I need to take and will I be refunded for payments that I made?
A student who takes a leave of absence or withdraws should email the Office of Student Accounts at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating they type of leave and when you will be taking the leave, as well as complete a leave or withdrawal form at the Dean of Students Office.
If the leave or withdrawal date is before the first day of expected arrival, the semester charges are reversed in full. Additional information regarding refunds can be found at the line www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/refunds.
I am being billed for student Health Insurance. Can this charge be removed from by bill?
All undergraduate enrolled students at Bard College are required to have health insurance coverage. A 12-month health insurance plan through Bard is included in your Fall semester billing statement.
Students who have alternate private health plans can submit a waiver with proof of coverage at: www.mystudentmedical.com. Waivers must be completed every year. Once completed you will receive a waiver confirmation. The deadline to submit a waiver is July 20, 2020.
Please submit your waiver early! The review process is not immediate. Payment will be expected until Bard receives a waiver approval from Allen J Flood. If you have questions regarding the policy, please contact Margaret Wallace with Allen J Flood at 914-922-9260 or email@example.com.
For more information pleas go to this link: www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/policies. Look for the drop down "Student Health Insurance Plan"
I am being billed for Tuition Refund Insurance. Can this charge be removed from by bill?
Bard College offers Tuition Refund Insurance through A.W.G. Dewar, for full-time enrolled students. Tuition Refund Insurance, provided by Dewar, can help refund the tuition, fees, and room and board charges, if your student is unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical reason. It is important that the person financially responsible for paying tuition, reviews and understands the policy prior to your student starting classes. For questions regarding the tuition insurance plan, please contact A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. at (617) 774-1555.
Please note that a waiver form must be submitted online in order for the tuition insurance plan charge to be removed from your student account. The tuition insurance plan is an optional charge, and if you do not want to purchase this plan, please submit a waiver form using the following websites:
Deadline is July 20, 2020
Deadline is July 20, 2020
For more information pleas go to this link: www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/policies. Look for the drop down "Tuition Refund Insurance"
I submitted a waiver for the Student Health Insurance and/or the Tuition Refund Insurance, but it is still showing on my bill.
Waivers can take a minimum of 1 week to be sent to our office from the appropriate outside company. Until we receive the needed information from the appropriate company, the charge cannot be deducted and payment is expected as billed. We receive waiver reports from Allen J. Flood USA and A.W.G DEWAR Inc weekly (usually on Mondays). Once we receive the report that shows the waiver for you, the charge will be removed.
Account updates will be reflected on the "account activity" page of the online account. The e-bills will not be updated, as they are a snapshot of the account as of the date they are generated.
I did not receive a 1098-T. How can I get one?
Additional information regarding 1098-T, can be found using the following link: www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/policies/. Please look for the drop down "1098-T Tax Information"