Bursar's Office FAQ

When are tuition and fees billed?

Fall semester fees are billed in early July; spring semester fees are billed in early December. Bills are delivered through the QuikPay online payment system for enrolled students.

Each time a new billing statement is available, an email notice is sent from the Bursar’s Office to the student. Students are able to set up Authorized Payers to view and pay their bills online. Each Authorized Payer is also sent an email whenever a new statement is generated.

Students who have graduated or who have otherwise permanently left the College receive oustanding bills by postal mail.

When is the payment due for the semester?

Payment for the fall semester is due in early August; payment for the spring semester is due in early January. Students and Authorized Payers will receive an email notification when the statement is available on QuikPay. The exact due date for the semester will be shown on the statement and in the email notification. 

The student cannot complete semester enrollment until the balance has been satisfied.

Incidental charges (such as parking fines & ID card replacements) are billed throughout the year. 

Where do I mail my payment?

If not paying the exact amount billed, please also submit a Student Account Payment Survey.

For personal checks, please write the student's ID number on the check and send to:

Bowdoin College
PO Box 417593
Boston, MA 02241-7593

Scholarships and/or 529 plan checks or overnight/express mail should be sent to:

Bursar's Office
Bowdoin College
5420 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8445

Please do not mail scholarships/529 plan checks to the Boston PO Box.

May I pay through my bank's online bill paying service?

If you choose to make payments through an online banking service connected to your bank account, please use the following address:

Bursar's Office
Bowdoin College
5420 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8445

This is also the address for payments by 529 plans and scholarships.

May I send payments via wire transfer?

Yes. Wire instructions are provided upon login to QuikPay at https://www.bowdoin.edu/quikpayweb/index  

If you do not have access to QuikPay, please email our office at bursar@bowdoin.edu or call (207) 725-3249.

May I pay by credit card?

Bowdoin College does not accept credit card payments for tuition. 

May I pay my bill using my Bowdoin OneCard?

No. Student bills must be paid by check, electronic check, or installment plan.

Please visit the OneCard site at www.bowdoin.edu/onecard for details.

If I have a payment plan, how are the funds credited to my account?

Payments made to Bowdoin's payment plan agent Tuition Management Systems (TMS) are paid to the college at the end of each month. Please review our TMS Installment Plan Billing Guide for a detailed explanation.

Any "Amount Due" on the student account statement is in addition to the amount scheduled to be paid by the plan. The amount due shown on the account statement should be paid directly to the Bursar's Office prior to the bill due date. Alternatively, the payment plan holder may contact TMS to increase the plan budget by the amount due. 

What if a payment does not appear on my statement?

Our office may have received the payment after the most recent statement was sent. The online statement only shows activity as of the date the bill was generated; it does not update in real-time. Payments received will appear on the following month's statement.

Please contact our office at bursar@bowdoin.edu or call (207) 725-3249 should you suspect an error on the student account statement.

What happens if my check is returned?

Checks returned to the College are charged back to the student’s account.

Why was my online payment from my checking (or savings) account declined?

Common reasons electronic checks (eChecks) are rejected include:

ERROR: R03 - No Account/Unable to Locate: The account number structure is valid, but does not correspond to the individual or is not an open account. When a payment fails for this reason, you will not see any activity in your bank account related to the eCheck because the account could not be found in order for the transaction to be attempted.

ERROR: R04 - Invalid Account Number: This means the account number structure is not valid. The digits may be incorrect or the account string may contain an incorrect number of digits. Please refer to a bank statement for clarification, or contact the bank. When a payment fails for this reason, you will not see any activity in your bank account related to the eCheck because the account could not be found in order for the transaction to be attempted. Numbers on a debit card associated with a checking or savings account cannot be substituted for the account number.

ERROR: R09 - Uncollected Funds: This indicates that, at the time the eCheck was presented to your bank for payment, the bank had placed a hold on the funds. Please refer to your bank to find out when the funds will become available before attempting another eCheck payment

ERROR: R01 - Insufficient Funds: This means that at the time the eCheck was presented to your bank for payment, the amount of funds in your bank account was less than the amount of the eCheck. Bowdoin charges a $15 fee for a check returned for insufficient funds, including an eCheck.

ERROR: R16 - Bank Account Frozen: Funds in account not available due to legal order or action by bank where account resides.