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 Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts does not offer work-study opportunities, or tuition waivers. All students are eligible to be considered for fellowships and scholarships; only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for federal loans. For financial aid purposes students are considered to be enrolled half-time during their first two years of the program and full-time for their final summer.
Need-BasedA 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) or the International Student Financial Aid form. Financial need is the difference between the student's budget of expenses and the assessed ability of each student to meet those expenses. Scholarships and loans are not automatically renewed. In order to be eligible for renewal, the student must reapply every year, remain in good standing, and continue to demonstrate financial need. No student who is in default on a student loan or who owes a refund on a federal grant is eligible for scholarships or loans.
- Financial Aid for International Students
- Scholarships and Fellowships
- Federal Direct Loan
- Federal Grad PLUS Loan
Students are considered annually for the following Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards:
Milton and Sally Avery Scholarship (Graduate)
A scholarship awarded annually to qualified and deserving students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts.
Joe Brainard Writing Fellowship
Established in honor of the writer and artist Joe Brainard, to fund writing students in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
Judith L. Cohen and Lawrence R. Klein Scholarship
A scholarship given in honor of Judith L. Cohen and Lawrence R. Klein to a deserving student in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, with preference given to a sculpture student who demonstrates significant talent and financial need.
Elaine de Kooning Memorial Scholarship
A graduate scholarship given annually in the memory of Elaine de Kooning to deserving female students who show promise in painting, to enable them to study at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Created by her family, friends, and former students, the scholarship perpetuates the memory of a great teacher and an inspiring role model.
Richard B. Fisher Fellowship
A fellowship given annually in the memory of Richard B. Fisher, chair of the Board of Trustees to a student of writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
Stanley Landsman Fellowship
The Stanley Landsman Fund, established by the family and friends of Stanley Landsman, provides for a limited number of partial fellowships for students who are eligible for financial aid and are candidates for the master of fine arts degree from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
A Fellowship established by an anonymous donor to benefit talented and deserving students who are studying Film/Video in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
Film/Video Diversity Fellowships
A Fellowship established by an anonymous donor to benefit talented and deserving students of diversity who are studying Film/Video in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
JEJW Emerging Artist Scholar
A scholarship established to support talented and deserving incoming students of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. Awarded to one or more first-year MFA students and continued to completion of the program.
Joseph J. Hartog Fund for Independent Study in Europe at Bard College
A scholarship awarded to a student in the Graduate School of the Arts demonstrating significant talent, to enable independent study in Europe and maintain a dialogue with a European artist in his or her field.