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. 

SES Essay Requirement. In 350-500 words describe: a) what you consider to be a particularly pressing challenge in the community you have served or seek to serve; b) how this challenge limits opportunity or expands educational inequity in this community; and c) how you envision your educational career addressing this challenge.

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 AwardThe 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

Financial Aid

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)

    Tuition and Fees

    Total Program Tuition*                     $32,500

    Institutional Fees
    Application fee $65
    Registration fee $100
    Enrollment deposit $515
    Facilities fee $150
    Books and supplies $450
    Graduation fee $120
    Health insurance $2,000 (estimated)
    *4 semesters, Tuition and fees subject to change.