"We try to make it as affordable as we can," said Peter Laipson
, in his
eighth month as provost on the bucolic campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock
He is the former headmaster of the Concord Academy, an independent secondary school.
Nearly 90 percent of the 380 students receive some level of financial aid to help meet the $56,000 annual expense, including tuition, fees and residence charges.
"Like all colleges, we're thinking hard about whether we will increase next year," said Laipson
during an interview in his
office on Tuesday.
"We recognize that even with the generous financial aid we're able to offer, it's burdensome to many families."
With an average classroom size of 15 and an 8-to-1 student-faculty ratio, he
added, "that kind of person-intensive education is expensive because you're paying for people."
The college remains steadfast in its commitment to the liberal arts, Laipson
"The conversation is partly about how we make the case for the liberal arts," he