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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Opportunities at Bard GPS


Bard GPS offers financial assistance in the form of fellowships, scholarships, project assistantships, campus employment, and student loans. Financial aid is awarded each year on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and available funding. Awards are made without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, age, marital status, religion, ethnic or national origin, or handicapping conditions.  

 

For 2021-2022 Academic Year:

$10,000* Scholarships Available to All MS and MED Applicants

Bard GPS Financial Assistance Options

GPS + C2C Fellowships (MS, MEd, MBA)

  • Bard GPS Graduate Fellowships: All applicants who apply for financial aid will receive a GPS Graduate Fellowship. Fellowships are a tuition reduction and do not require additional work or service to the program. Fellowships are awarded on a need basis. FAFSAs must be filed on an annual basis to continuing receiving Fellowship funding. External awards can be held concurrently with a Bard GPS Graduate Fellowship.
    **For the 2021-2022 entering class, all entering CEP students (MS/MEd) will receive a guaranteed minimum Fellowship of $10,000 for their first year at CEP. A FAFSA/International Financial Aid Application must be completed to qualify.
  • C2C Fellowships: All C2C Fellows are eligible for partial scholarships to attend Bard’s graduate programs. This scholarship guarantees a minimum financial aid award of $8000 in the first year to members of the C2C Fellows Network. 

Opportunities Scholarship (MS, MEd, MBA)

The Opportunity Scholarship provides merit and need-based tuition support of between 80% and 100% to students who were first-generation college students. 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 at the same time as general application submission. Applications will be reviewed based on this statement and their application materials, and finalists will be interviewed by the selection committee.

MS Programs Scholarships

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy offers the following scholarships for qualified MS in Climate Science and Policy or MS in Environmental Policy students:

  • $10,000 CEP Fellowship: For the 2021-2022 entering class, all entering CEP students will receive a guaranteed minimum Fellowship of $10,000 for their first year at CEP. A FAFSA/International Financial Aid Application must be completed to qualify.
  • Rachel Carson Scholarship: U.S. students are eligible to apply for a merit scholarship as part of the Rachel Carson Scholars program. This program grants one $20,000 scholarship per year to a top applicant who shows promise of a leadership career in environmental policy. Interested students should submit a application of no more than 500 words with their application to the program on the following topic:
    Please define and explain leadership in the context of the sustainability challenges we face in the coming decades.
    Finalists will be reviewed based on this statement and their application materials.. Applicants must be accepted to the Bard CEP masters program and have completed a FAFSA in order to qualify. Applications are are reviewed as received, so early application to the program in encouraged.
  • Wangari Maathai Scholarship: Funding is available for one outstanding international student as part of the Wangari Maathai Scholars program. This program grants one $20,000 scholarship per year to a student who shows promise of a leadership career in environmental policy.
  • Interested students should submit a application of no more than 500 words with their application to the program on the following topic:
    Please define and explain leadership in the context of the sustainability challenges we face in the coming decades.
    Finalists will be reviewed based on this statement and their application materials.. Applicants must be accepted to the Bard CEP masters program and have completed an International Application for Financial Aid in order to qualify. Applications are are reviewed as received, so early application to the program in encouraged.
  • Riverkeeper Scholarship: Under this program, the Riverkeeper Scholar (RS) will receive a scholarship equal to 30% of tuition for two years of full-time enrollment. The scholarship may be awarded with additional Bard support, such as fellowships, student employment, and loans. The RS will have the opportunity to work with a designated Riverkeeper mentor, who will meet with the student at least twice a year to discuss career interests and development. The RS will receive priority among Bard graduate students for potential internships and capstone projects/theses completed in conjunction with Riverkeeper. One RS is selected at the time of admission each year. Students interested in applying for this position should include a application letter along with their application for admission stating their interest and/or experience with any of the following: advocacy, water policy, water ecology, or the Hudson River/Hudson River watershed. Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. See more at riverkeeper.org

MBA in Sustainability Scholarships

  • 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.
  • Clif Bar + B-Lab 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.

Military | Peace Corps | AmeriCorps | SCA | City Year Scholarships

Bard GPS is proud to support those who have served in American service organizations as they pursue graduate education:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program: Bard GPS is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program for U.S. Military Veterans. Please contact the Admission Office for more information.
  • Peace Corps Scholarship: As part of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, Bard CEP provides partial tuition fellowships in the first year worth at least 33 percent of tuition to returned Peace Corps volunteers admitted to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. Applicants must provide verification of Peace Corps service by submitting a signed copy of their Description of Service to receive this fellowship. MS/MEd students who are using their Peace Corps service to count for their CEP internship are eligible for a fellowship of $10,500 in the second year.
  • AmeriCorps Fellowship: Awarded to one or more exceptional AmeriCorps volunteers who have successfully completed their term of service, this fellowship assists public service–oriented individuals in continuing their work as professionals in through advanced educational training in the Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability. To qualify, applicants must submit a description of service with application for admission, and if selected, Bard GPS will match any AmeriCorps Education Award funds that the student wishes to apply towards Bard’s tuition.

Student Employment

CEP Student Employment (MS/MEd)
Bard CEP offers a number of student employment positions to students each year. Applicants should indicate on their online application if they are interested in a position. The projects are environmentally focused, require between 5-10 hours per week, and come with a moderate stipend ($1500-$3000/semester). Applicants are notified if they have been awarded a position upon receipt of their financial aid package. Completion of a FAFSA is also required to qualify.
Positions Include:
  • C2C Fellows
  • Campus Sustainability
  • Economics RA
  • Politics and Policy RA
  • Marketing/Social Media
  • On-Farm Education 
Bard MBA Student 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.

All eligible graduate students automatically qualify for $20,500 per year in federal student loans. Students requiring additional financial assistance above their Bard-granted aid and Federal Direct Loans often apply for GradPLUS loans to cover additional cost associated with tuition, fees, and living expenses.

Applying for Student Loans:

 
Combining Bard GPS Aid 
Please note that scholarships are not additive. Recipients of more than one form of award (e.g. the AmeriCorps match + Riverkeeper Scholar) will receive a combination of funds plus the additional benefits associated with the award, but not the full value of each award independently. The combination will be higher than the value of either independent award.
 
External Sources of Funding

Bard GPS strongly encourages applicants to pursue outside sources of funding in the form of scholarships and grants that will support the tuition costs and living expenses of the program, including the internship and master’s capstone research. Many states sponsor loan programs. Commercial banks also offer private loans for students. Grant monies are available from a number of national organizations and private corporations that support education at the graduate level. International applicants are encouraged to seek support for educational expenses from their governments, foundations, or private agencies. External awards can be held concurrently with a Bard GPS fellowship award, and students are encouraged to notify Bard GPS about any external funding they have received.

 Appeals to Financial Aid Awards
Students who wish to appeal a financial aid award may do so in writing, explaining the reasons for seeking additional funding to support their graduate degree. Appeals are considered by the Graduate Committee, and if approved the student will be issued a revised financial aid award letter. Students will not be penalized for requesting additional funding, but should keep in mind there are limited program funds available to support all students in the program. Appeals will be processed through the admissions office, and letters may be sent directly to Director of Admissions, Katie Boyle (kboyle@bard.edu). Please include your reasons for requesting additional funding, any extenuating circumstances, and a list of foreseeable expenses for the academic year in question.