Various tuition assistance opportunities are available to students who are enrolled in the ICP-Bard MFA and our One-Year Certificate programs. Students enrolled in our Part-Time Programs or individual courses and workshops are not eligible for the tuition assistance programs described below.
Federal Stafford Loan (ICP-Bard MFA)
Compared to loans from banks and other private sources, federal student loans ordinarily offer lower interest rates and more flexible payment terms. Eligible ICP-Bard students and U.S. citizens can apply for both Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct PLUS Loans. Both of these loan types are a part of the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Direct Unsubsidized Loans lend up to $20,500 each academic year. Remaining costs associated with your academic endeavor may be covered by a Direct Plus Loan (a credit check is required for all PLUS Loan applications.)
Students have the option of paying interest on their federal loans while in school or having the interest added to the loan principal. In both cases, students must be sure to understand the terms of all loan agreements they engage in, and keep copies of all loan documents. Your loan servicer will be in contact with you during the life of your loan as well. Six months after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, your loan servicer will also contact you regarding repayment. For comprehensive and user-friendly information on federal aid and the application process, students can visit www.studentaid.ed.gov.
To apply for a federal student loan, students must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Results of your application are sent to Bard College, which handles all student loan award processing. The FAFSA code number for Bard College is 002671. Students can easily complete and submit a FAFSA application at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
International Student Loans
International students who are able to have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-sign a loan, please visit:
For loans where a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is not required to co-sign, please visit:
Scholarships (ICP-Bard MFA)
ICP scholarships are made possible with generous support from many private donors. A limited number of named scholarships are available to full-time students. Award amounts vary from year to year.
If you would like to be considered for a merit scholarship upon admission to the ICP-Bard MFA program, be sure to mark the "Merit Scholarship" box on application. Your portfolio and application will then be considered by the Merit Scholarship Committee. MFA students also have the opportunity to apply for merit scholarships for the second year of their academic careers at ICP as a part of their year-end boards.
Students must pass their year-end boards and be in good academic standing to be considered for this opportunity.
PLEASE NOTE: All scholarships are awarded in the form of tuition reduction.
Applicants to our One-Year Certificate programs have the opportunity to apply for significant tuition support through two scholarships.
The Reuters Scholarship for Visual Journalism is a full-tuition scholarship that is available to Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism students. The candidate that is selected must express the desire to explore the diverse language of visual documentation, bringing a new voice and ideas to photographic storytelling. As part of the program, the scholarship recipient will receive mentoring from Reuters’ journalists.
The Mary Ellen Mark Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a General Studies in Photography, Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, or New Media Narratives student of extraordinary achievement who demonstrates an interest in pursuing a project that reflects some part of the life and career of photographer and longtime ICP faculty member Mary Ellen Mark. Learn about the 2017 inaugural Mary Ellen Mark Memorial Scholarship recipient, Bleue Liverpool.
Those interested in these scholarships may apply through our online application platform.
In addition to these recently established scholarships, ICP also offers several additional merit-based, donor-supported scholarships and ICP Director–sponsored tuition discounts. There is no application process for merit-based scholarships and Director-sponsored discounts. All accepted applicants are eligible to be considered for these opportunities.
Work-Study (ICP-Bard MFA and One-Year Certificate)
At the beginning of the academic year, students meet with the full-time program manager and are given work-study application materials and a list of institution-wide work-study opportunities. Students contact the departments where they are interested in working and schedule interviews to discuss their applicable skills and availability. Work-study opportunities are awarded in the following ICP departments: Exhibitions, Community Programs, Library, Alumni Affairs, Post-Production, and the Teaching Assistant Program.
ICP work-study students receive an hourly wage and are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
Grants & Fellowships
The following websites are for informational purposes only. ICP does not endorse any of these sites as potential sources of grants or other funds.
- Artspire (Fiscal Sponsorship)
- Foundation Center
- New York Foundation for the Arts
- The Art List
- The Wells Point
- Photographic Museum of Humanity
- Lightwork Grants in Photography
- HCB Award
- Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize
- Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography
- Getty Images Emerging Talent Award
- W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography
International Grant/Fellowship Information
The following resources are for informational purposes only. ICP does not endorse any of these sites as potential sources of grants or other funds.