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Financial Aid FAQs

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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.

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 we strongly encourage you to apply for financial aid as merit scholarship amounts vary on the basis of financial need. Most students receive financial aid packages that combine several awards, grants and loans, and those who submit their financial aid forms with their application forms typically hear of their complete financial aid package within a few days of their admission decision.

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 who do are typically informed of their complete financial aid package within a few days of their admission decision.

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. See Application Timeline for more information about admission dates and deadlines.
Applicants who wish to be considered for the January semester should submit their applications for admission and financial aid on or before the November 1.

Who qualifies for merit scholarships?
Simon's Rock merit scholarships 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. That may seem vague, but that’s because we consider many different types of achievement and leadership when reviewing applications.

When will I know if I received a merit scholarship?
All applicants will be considered for any merit scholarships for which they are eligible; no additional application is required. An applicant will usually receive an admission decision within six to eight weeks of completing an application, and are notified in their admission letter of any scholarships which they have been awarded. Admitted students who have been granted merit awards may be eligible for additional financial aid. Most students receive financial aid packages that combine several awards, grants and loans, and those who submit their financial aid forms at the same time as their admission application typically receive a financial aid package within a few days of their admission decision.