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How much does it cost to attend Simon’s Rock and what kind of financial aid is available?
As is the case at most other private liberal arts colleges, the tuition at Bard College at Simon’s Rock is expensive; however, the College is committed to making a Simon’s Rock education available to a diverse group of highly motivated, academically qualified students. In a typical year, more than 80% of our students receive financial assistance. We offer both need- and merit-based financial aid through institutional and federal awards. Even though the majority of our students have not completed high school, as college students at Simon’s Rock they are able to apply for federal funding through federal student aid programs.

Apply for both admission and financial aid by February 1 to be considered for the full range of merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid. Scholarships range from a few thousand dollars up to full tuition and are renewable for four years, provided the recipients maintain full-time enrollment and meet the necessary GPA requirements. You can read more about institutional scholarships here. All first-year applicants are considered for scholarships; a separate scholarship application does not exist. But do apply for financial aid since many scholarships include a need-based component; that is, recipients are selected on merit while amounts vary on the basis of financial need. Students who complete applications for admission and aid (FAFSA + PROFILE) by the February 1 priority date typically have a higher portion of their financial need met. Most students receive financial aid packages that combine several awards, grants and loans.

The cost of tuition, room, board and fees at Bard College at Simon's Rock can be found on the tuition and fees page. Financial aid application forms and guidelines can be found here. It is important to understand that the actual cost of attending Bard College at Simon's Rock depends greatly on each particular student’s financial aid award. While the tuition fees here are listed in full, the financial aid award letter articulates an admitted student’s individual cost, after all merit- and need-based awards have been taken into account.

How do I apply for financial aid? Scholarships?

Applicants who complete the financial aid application process will be considered for all need- and merit-based awards for which they are eligible. Forms and guidelines can be found on the financial aid page. There are no separate applications for specific scholarships. All applicants are encouraged to submit their financial aid forms with their application for admission; those applicants who submit both the application for admission and financial aid by the February 1 priority deadline typically have a higher proportion of their need met. After May 1, applications for admission and financial aid will be accepted on a space- and funds-available basis.

What are the deadlines for financial aid applications?

Applicants should complete the financial aid process at the same time as the admission application, or as soon as possible thereafter. For fall admission, applicants are encouraged to complete the admission and financial aid application process by the February 1 priority deadline. Forms and guidelines can be found on the financial aid page. Students who submit their applications and financial aid paperwork by this date will be considered for the highest levels of funding. Applications for admission and financial aid received after May 3 will be considered on a space- and funds-available basis.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the January semester should submit their applications on or before the December 1 postmark deadline. November 1 is the financial aid priority deadline for spring applications.

Who qualifies for merit scholarships?
The merit scholarships described above are awarded to high-achieving sophomores and juniors. In addition to numerous smaller scholarships of $5,000 or $10,000, there are a limited number of full tuition and large partial scholarships available, and the application process is competitive. While there is no specific GPA cut-off for any of the merit scholarships, students with good records of academic success and demonstrated leadership both in and out of the classroom should consider applying for a merit award. That may seem vague, but that’s because we consider many different types of achievement and leadership when reviewing applications for merit scholarships.

When will I know if I received a merit scholarship?

All first-year applicants are considered for scholarships, and are notified in their admission letter of any scholarships which they have been awarded. An applicant will usually receive an admission decision within several weeks of completing all application requirements. Admitted students who have been granted merit awards may be eligible for additional financial aid; those who have completed the financial aid process by the February 1 priority date will also receive a complete financial aid package around mid-March that will include any need-based aid available in addition the merit award.

After the February 1 priority decision date, students applying for admission and financial aid will receive a financial aid award letter with details about their financial aid package on a rolling basis, shortly after their admission decision letter. Most students receive financial aid packages that combine several awards, grants and loans.