1. grants and scholarships, which do not require repayment and entail no work obligation;
2. loans, with varying interest rates and payment schedules; and
3. work-study, which is earned for part-time employment on or off campus.
Depending on the type of aid, the program may be administered by Bard College or by external agencies. Typically, financial aid funds administered by the College are awarded on the basis of financial need (as determined by the federal government, the College Scholarship Service, and Bard College), academic achievement, and promise.
Each student’s eligibility for federal programs is determined as part of the process of creating a financial aid package. Federal loans and grants may contribute significantly to the aid package. For more detailed information about federal student aid programs, go to the Student Guide on the FAFSA website. Click here to learn more about interest rates, origination fees, loan disbursement and processing.
Federal Direct Student Loan
An independent undergraduate student (or dependent student whose parents are denied a Parent PLUS Loan) can borrow a supplemental amount as an unsubsidized loan in addition to the amount of his or her basic Federal Direct Loan as described above. First- and second-year independent undergraduates may borrow up to an additional $4,000 per year. After two years of study, an independent student may borrow up to an additional $5,000 per year.
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
A Federal Direct PLUS Loan is a low-interest loan available to parents of dependent students. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, rather than a bank or other financial institution. PLUS loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow up to the cost of education minus any financial aid per year for each child who is enrolled at least half time and is a dependent student.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Awards can range from $100 to $4,000 per year, but, due to limited funding, the typical award ranges between $750 and $1,000. Continuing students can expect to have the SEOG award renewed provided that they remain Pell eligible.
As is the case with the Pell Grant, eligibility for the SEOG is limited to the first bachelor degree program.
Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)
The federal government and Bard College fund FWS. It is intended to provide meaningful employment to a student on or off campus, thus providing the student a regular paycheck to help meet educational expenses.
Jobs are not assigned to students. The student must apply to individual departments and complete paperwork with the student employment coordinator in order to be considered for a position.
Eligibility is determined by financial need. The typical FWS allocation is $1,800 per year. This amount provides the student the opportunity to work approximately six hours per week at the minimum wage.
The Federal Pell Grant program provides need-based grants to assist low-income undergraduate students in paying college costs. In 2019–20, awards ranged from $650 to $6,195 per year. Pell Grant eligibility is limited to the first bachelor’s degree program. Grant amounts are dependent on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time). Note: students must be enrolled full-time to receive their Bard Scholarship unless approved to enroll part-time during their final academic year.
Your home state may offer grant and scholarship assistance for study at Bard, which may require a separate application. Research aid programs in your state in order to make sure you have explored all your options. Contact your state grant agency or the high school guidance office to learn about your state’s programs and requirements. Bard's Financial Aid Office can assist with application questions for New York State programs, including BEOP and TAP.
Bard Education Opportunity Program (BEOP) and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Bard College together with New York State fund HEOP and Bard College funds BEOP. These programs allow the College to accept a limited number of first-year students from historically economically disadvantaged groups. One objective of these programs is to assist students who, by reason of inadequate early educational preparation, do not compete with the average Bard applicant in high school grades, class rank, and College Board scores, but who do possess the ability and motivation for successful study at Bard. Students considered for the HEOP program must be residents of New York State.
The BEOP Office at Bard determines the eligibility of the applicant and notifies the Financial Aid Office of its decision. The Financial Aid Office offers a financial aid package including federal, state, and institutional aid for HEOP students that meets the full financial need of the student. Potentially, BEOP students' full need may be met with federal and institutional aid.
Prospective BEOP students must file the FAFSA and the CSS Profile to be considered for financial aid. HEOP students must file at least the FAFSA. The deadline to complete the financial aid applications for prospective students is February 1. Continuing students are required to file the FAFSA by March 31. The CSS Profile is not required after the first year for BEOP and HEOP students.
New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
TAP provides grant assistance to New York State residents attending a New York State school on a full-time basis. Awards are computed by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) based on the New York State net taxable income and the number of full-time college students in the family. In 2018-2019 the range of awards is $500 to $5,165. For more detailed information, visit the HESC website.
Bard College Aid
Bard offers a number of scholarships and special programs that are available only to Bard students. All Bard College scholarships and grants are awarded for study at the College’s campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. They cannot be applied toward payment of tuition and fees for programs at other institutions in the United States or abroad. These awards are for four continuous years of study, assuming all requirements are met. Students are automatically considered for all Bard College grants or scholarships for which they may be eligible. All Bard College scholarships are need based.
Nonrepayable grants are awarded to full-time students enrolled in the regular undergraduate program on the basis of financial need and academic achievement and promise. Typically, Bard Scholarships range from $5,000 to $55,000 annually for full-time enrollment. Bard scholarships are funded by various philanthropic sources. Subject to the wishes of the benefactors, a recipient may be advised of the source of his or her scholarship. Named scholarships are listed in the Bard College Catalogue.
Early College Opportunity Scholarship
Bard Early College students who choose to apply to Bard College as Preferred Transfer applicants may also apply for Early College Opportunity (ECO) scholarships, which provide grants covering up to full tuition. ECO applicants must demonstrate significant financial need and intellectual engagement. ECO Scholars will participate in an expanded Preferred Transfer Orientation program and will be expected to contribute to the civic life of the Bard College campus community.
Distinguished Scientist Scholarship (DSS)
Distinguished Scientist Scholars Program for Continuing Undergraduates
Excellence and Equal Cost (EEC) Scholarship
If an EEC student is a peer counselor, the figures used in computing the EEC award will be tuition, fees, and board. If a student moves off campus or is not charged some of the standard items, the EEC scholarship is computed by using the corresponding billing items of the state university, that is, tuition and mandated fees.
Please note that, given discrepancies in in-state tuition across the United States, students may not be selected as EEC scholars because the need-based Bard Financial Aid Package will offer, in some cases, more support to students and their families than the EEC scholarship will.
Foreign Language Intensive/Immersion Programs
- enroll in and successfully complete an intensive or immersion language program during the semester and participate in the study abroad program during intersession or summer;
- file for financial aid and demonstrate financial need as determined by federal government and Bard College guidelines;
- receive a financial clearance from the Office of Student Accounts.
Levy Economics Scholarship
A student receiving a Levy Economics Scholarship must major in economics, maintain a B+ (3.3) grade average, and earn at least 32 credits per year.
New Generation Scholarships
Civic Engagement Scholarship
The Civic Engagement Scholarship is awarded to highly motivated students who have been actively involved with social issues at the local, state, national or global levels for most of their high school careers. Transfer students are also eligible for the Civic Engagement Scholarship.
Accepted students receive a scholarship of $6,000 ($1,500/year for all four years) and any additional need-based financial aid that pertains to Bard applicants in general. Recipients are free to pursue any academic major and career interest, but must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher, while earning at least 32 credits per year, complete at least 100 hours of community service per academic year and develop and/or work on projects within the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard for all four years.
Classical Studies Scholarship
The Classical Studies Scholarship recognizes academically outstanding students committed to classical studies. Scholarships cover up to full tuition for four years and are awarded based on need. If awarded, a student must maintain a 3.3 grade point average or higher while earning at least 32 credits per year. Recipients are also eligible for a $1,500 stipend for classics-related summer programs (e.g. archaeological excavations, American School at Athens / Rome, language study) following their sophomore or junior year. Transfer students are also eligible for Classical Studies Scholarship funding.
Scholarship for Community College students located in the Hudson Valley
This scholarship is awarded to community college students transferring from any accredited community college in the Hudson Valley who have demonstrated superior academic performance during their college careers. Students considered for this scholarship have taken a rigorous program of study (consistent with the classes offered at Bard), maintained an overall college GPA of 3.3 or higher and who write an outstanding college essay.
Hyde Park Scholarship for UK citizens applying from the UK
The Hyde Park Scholarship recognizes the historical roots of the liberal arts education at Oxford and Cambridge and the educational philosophy practiced at Bard College. The scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated superior academic performance during their secondary school career and who are citizens and residents of the United Kingdom. Students who have taken a rigorous program of study during their secondary school career, including their final year, and who write an outstanding college essay will be considered for this scholarship. Accepted students receive a scholarship of $6,000 ($1,500/year for all four years) and any additional need-based financial aid support that pertains to Bard applicants in general. Transfer students are also eligible for the Hyde Park Scholarship. If awarded, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher while earning at least 32 credits per year.
The President’s Scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated superior academic performance throughout high school. Students who have taken a rigorous program of study during their high school career (including their senior year), have participated in activities or work and who write an outstanding college essay will be considered for this scholarship. If awarded, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher while earning at least 32 credits per year. Transfer students are also eligible for the President’s Scholarship.
Although Bard requires students who receive outside scholarships to inform the Financial Aid Office of any awards that are received, the College encourages students to pursue outside scholarship sources; thus the Financial Aid Office does not routinely reduce Bard scholarship awards by the amount received through outside scholarships. Any such adjustments are made systematically and equitably.