Tuition and Financial Aid
Public Service and Equity Scholarship
Admitted students with demonstrated financial need are eligible for a $5,000 scholarship awarded annually to individuals with a record of previous community service and an articulated commitment to strengthening learning opportunities and promoting educational equity in underserved communities.
Scholarships & Loans
- Scholarships: A student may qualify for financial assistance in the form of scholarships or loans, depending on financial need. Financial need is assessed by a uniform method from financial data submitted by the student on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, available online. The Bard College FAFSA code is 002671
- Federal Direct Loan: 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 program, which provides subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Eligible students may borrow up to $20,500 annually through a Federal Direct Loan.
- Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program: The BardMAT Program is proud to announce its status as a Coverdell Fellows program, offering additional support to MAT candidates who have served as Peace Corps Volunteers.
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete terms of national service in approved AmeriCorps programs—AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National.
- Federal Grad PLUS Loan: Graduate students can now access the Federal Grad PLUS Loan Program to pay for the cost of education not covered by other financial aid. This loan is guaranteed by the federal government and may be deferred while the student is enrolled at least half-time. A credit check is required.
- Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs: Information on federal loan forgiveness programs for new teachers is available here.
Bard offers several types of financial aid to help offset the costs of tuition and fees. Aid is in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and federal loans. The Master of Arts in Teaching Program does not offer teaching assistantships, federal work-study opportunities, or tuition waivers. All students are eligible to apply for scholarships; only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for fellowships and deferral loans.
*Some scholarship disbursement requires evidence of a passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)