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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.

Acceleration to Excellence Program (AEP) Scholarships are merit awards that can cover up to the full cost of tuition for high-achieving sophomores and juniors who apply through the selective AEP application process. W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarships meet a significant portion of the financial need of eligible students of color who apply during the 10th or 11th grade and have a record of academic achievement and motivation. You can read more about these and other institutional scholarships here. 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?
Acceleration to Excellence Program (AEP) Scholarships are merit awards for high achieving sophomores and juniors that can cover up to the full cost of tuition. Recipients of AEP awards may be eligible for additional institutional or federal aid, and are encouraged to complete the financial aid process when applying. Applicants for AEP Scholarships should follow the AEP application guidelines and refer to the AEP calendar included in the application.

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. Outside of the requirements for AEP merit awards, there are no separate applications for specific scholarships. All applicants are encouraged to submit their financial aid forms with their application for admission, in advance of the priority financial aid deadline.

What are the deadlines for financial aid applications?
Applicants wishing to be considered for Acceleration to Excellence Program (AEP) Scholarships must have their application materials submitted on or before the February 1 postmark deadline.

Applicants for AEP Scholarships as well as applicants for regular fall admission are encouraged to complete the financial aid application process by the April 15 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. Funds will still be available to students who apply for financial aid after April 15, but those who meet this deadline will receive first consideration. The application fee is waived for applicants who meet the April 15 priority deadline. There is no need for AEP candidates to wait until after the March 15 notification date to apply for financial aid; those who apply earlier will receive their complete financial aid package, including funding beyond any possible AEP merit award, sooner.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the spring 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 an AEP scholarship?
AEP Scholarships are awarded to high-achieving sophomores and juniors. There are a limited number of full tuition and large partial scholarships available, and the application process is competitive. While there’s no specific GPA cut-off, students with good records of academic success and demonstrated leadership both in and out of the classroom should consider applying for an AEP award. That may seem vague, but that’s because we consider many different types of achievement and leadership when reviewing applications for AEP Scholarships. If you’re not sure whether or not to apply for an award you can always call your admission counselor to discuss the option.

When will I know if I received a scholarship?
All candidates for Acceleration to Excellence Program Scholarships will receive decision letters by March 15. The letter you receive will let you know whether you have been admitted and will include information about any AEP Scholarship you have been awarded. Admitted students who have been granted AEP awards may still be eligible for additional financial aid and are advised to complete their financial aid forms as soon as possible.

Those AEP applicants invited to Finalist Day will also be notified on March 15, and will receive notification of their awards on April 15.

All admitted students applying for financial aid and/or an AEP Scholarship will receive a financial aid award letter with details about their financial aid package. Admitted students will receive their award letter soon after all of their financial aid application has been submitted and processed. Most students receive financial aid packages that combine several awards, grants and loans.