Paying for Off-Campus Study 

Students participating in off-campus study will be billed for tuition and fees directly by their program. Bowdoin charges a $1,000 off-campus study fee per program; students will be charged this fee in July for Fall semester and year-long programs. Spring fees are charged in December.

Students participating in OCS programs will also be billed for Bowdoin student health insurance. Those who normally waive the coverage will need to do so at Those who normally use the health insurance aid credit will need to submit an application.

Bowdoin will send student aid, including grants, loans, or scholarships, directly to the off-campus study program or to the student. The Bursar's Office uses an online survey to collect program billing information from students. Students will be invited to to take this survey by email in June for the fall semester, and in November for the spring semester. Aid is sent to OCS programs/institutions by the Bursar's Office around September 15 for fall programs and around February 15 for spring.

Please note: The Tuition Management Systems (TMS) installment plan cannot be used by students studying off-campus. Please ask your program if an installment plan is offered.


Billing Questions Student Aid Application and Awards Off-Campus Study Programs
Bursar's Office Student Aid Office Off-Campus Study Office
(207) 725-3249 (207) 725-3144 (207) 725-3473

Frequently Asked Questions

I receive student aid from Bowdoin. How does it reach my program?

Student aid awards for OCS programs are based on program expenses. Bowdoin disburses aid to programs around September 15 for fall semester and around February 15 for spring.  Students should request an extension from the program's business office prior to the payment due date. 

Please see this publication from our student aid office for more information.

Student aid or loan recipients should complete the Off-Campus Study Student Aid Survey. All aid recipients studying away will receive an email invitation in June for fall programs or in December for spring programs. The Bursar's Office collects information in this survey needed to send the student's aid award/loans to the program and/or student.

Can I use a monthly payment plan to pay my program bill?

An installment plan may be offered by your program or institution. Please note, Bowdoin's Tuition Management Systems (TMS) installment plan cannot be used to pay your off-campus study program.

Payment may be expected well in advance of the term or within a few days of arrival.  Billing timing and policies vary by institution; please consult your program for specifics.

Can I buy tuition refund insurance to cover my off-campus study tuition?

Please ask your program or university whether they offer coverage. 

Bowdoin's tuition refund insurance policy through A.W.G. Dewar is only available to students studying at Bowdoin.  If a student is studying away for one semester of the academic year, the student may apply for coverage for the semester enrolled at Bowdoin. Enrollment for the semester must be completed prior to the start of classes.

Can I use 529 plan funds to pay my program?

According to the IRS Publication 970, page 56, the use of 529 plans is limited to educational institutions that are eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible schools for 2018-19 may be found on the Department of Education website.

If a program or school is not on the list, other documentation may be submitted to support the use of 529 plan funds to pay tuition and other qualified expenses. These entities are not required, and not eligible, to report tuition on IRS Form 1098-T.

We suggest the following documentation in place of the 1098-T, which has been used to successfully avoid paying a tax penalty on 529 plan withdrawals.  Consulting a professional tax advisor for clarification in individual circumstances is strongly encouraged.

Will the tuition for my off-campus study program be reported on Bowdoin's 1098-T?

Bowdoin cannot report another institution's fees on its 1098-T.  

We suggest the following documentation in place of the 1098-T form.  Consulting a professional tax advisor for clarification in individual circumstances is strongly encouraged.