How do you file a FAFSA?

The fastest and easiest way to file a FAFSA is online at www.fafsa.ed.gov which is available annually on January 1 for the upcoming academic year. This expedites the process and helps reduce the chance of error. If you are filing online and are required to submit parent information, you and your parent must each sign the form electronically using your own Federal Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you forgot or never had a PIN, you may request one at: www.pin.ed.gov.

What happens next after submitting the FAFSA?

If you are selected for Verification, you must complete the Verification Form Worksheet and submit copies of your and your parent's IRS Tax Returns Transcript (if dependent) or go back to the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Written notification of scholarship awards and financial aid eligibility will be emailed beginning in the spring for students whose files are complete by the priority date (last Friday in February) and then on a rolling basis based on the received dated of the FAFSA data. Then, you must sign and return one copy of the award letter indicating the amount of financial aid you wish to receive.

Do I need to file my taxes before completing the FAFSA?

No. If you have not completed your tax returns by the FAFSA priority deadlines, you can use estimates to submit the FAFSA. It is better to use estimated financial information than to miss the deadlines. Once the IRS filing date has passed, it’s best to use the completed tax information.

When will I receive my financial aid?

Financial aid and scholarships will be credited to the student's account at the beginning of the term or as funds are received, whichever is later. All proceeds received by the School are disbursed within 3 days.

When will I get a refund check?

If the amount of aid exceeds the amount billed, the student will be notified of a refund check by the Business Office within ten days. Students are asked to pick up and cash the refund check as soon as possible, preferable within a week. The Business Office will return any unclaimed checks to the Department of Education after the final notification.

What are the tuition charges for the academic year?

Complete tuition and fee information for all programs can be found here.

Are Longy Scholarships need-based?

No. Longy Scholarships are based on merit combined with the programmatic needs of the school.

What is Longy's FAFSA school code?

Longy's school code is 021430 and the school is listed as Bard College-Longy School of Music.

What are the important dates in the financial aid process?

December 1: Priority admissions application deadline

January 1: FAFSA is available online for the upcoming academic year

February 15: Priority FAFSA deadline

February 27: Returning student deadline to submit their "Longy Scholarship Renewal Application"


When will students receive notification of their financial aid award?

Admitted applicants whose financial aid paperwork is complete will be emailed a letter containing information about their award beginning in April. Award letters are emailed on a rolling basis to returning students whose files are complete after the priority date. Students are responsible for maintaining updated email address with Information Systems and Academic Affairs and checking their Longy email correspondence on a regular basis.