Financial Aid and Scholarships

Bard MBA offers variety of options for financial assistance to reduce the cost of attendance. Students may apply for fellowships, campus employment positions, or student loans.

Graduate Fellowships

Bard MBA offers Graduate Fellowships to qualified applicants. Fellowships are a tuition reduction and do not require additional work or service to the program. Fellowships are awarded on a need basis. All incoming students are eligible for Fellowships. Fellowships are reviewed yearly and are not renewed automatically. Additionally, all applicants are strongly encouraged to research external sources of funding and to apply for scholarships and grants that will support the tuition costs and living expenses of the program. External awards can be held concurrently with a Bard MBA Graduate Fellowship.

Additional Opportunities:
Opportunity Scholars Program
B-Corp Employee Scholarships
Organizational Scholar Programs: Clif Bar and B-Lab

Opportunity Scholars Program: The Opportunity Scholarship provides merit and need-based tuition support of between 80% and 100% to students who were first-generation college students. The Bard MBA awards up to three Opportunity Scholarships each year. Interested candidates should write a statement of no more than 500 words address the following prompt: Please explain the need for diverse leadership in addressing the social and environmental challenges faced by communities in the coming decades. Statements should be uploaded onto the program application or emailed to Caitlin O'Donnell ( at the same time as general application submission. Finalists will be reviewed based on this statement and their application materials, and will be interviewed by the selection committee.

B-Corp Employee Scholarships: Full-time employees of Certified B-Corps and their immediate family members qualify for a 20% tuition discount at the Bard MBA. Please contact Caitlin O'Donnell ( for additional information on how to apply.

Organizational Scholar Programs: Full-time employees of Clif Bar and B-Lab and their immediate family members qualify for a 20% tuition discount at the Bard MBA. Please contact Caitlin O'Donnell ( for additional information on how to apply.

All scholarship applicants must be accepted to the Bard MBA program and have completed a FAFSA in order to qualify. 

Campus Employment

Bard MBA offers Course Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions to current students. Program Assistants support up to 3 professors in managing their online courses. Teaching Assistants support one professor with course delivery. Positions are accompanied by Campus Employment stipend and are paid out over the course of the semester. Interested students must apply to the positions when employment openings are announced to the Bard MBA community.

Student Loans

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 and GradPLUS programs.

Applying for Student Loans:
  • Federal Direct Loan Expand for Federal Direct Loan
  • Federal GradPLUS Loan Expand for Federal GradPLUS Loan

Applying for Financial Aid

  • All incoming and returning students who are U.S. citizens seeking financial aid must complete the FAFSA form, available online or by request from the Bard College Office of Financial Aid (845-758-7526). 
  • Incoming students must submit the FAFSA by the admission deadline that to which they are applying. Financial assistance is not automatically renewed for the second year of the program.
  • Returning Bard MBA students wishing to reapply for financial aid (loans, fellowships, or employment positions) must submit a FAFSA by May 1 in order to be considered for any form of financial assistance in their second year.
  • International applicants should contact Caitlin O’Donnell ( for information on applying for Fellowships and Campus Employment.