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Money Matters

Paying for off-campus study is necessarily different that paying for semesters spent on-campus. Unlike some institutions which charge home school tuition even when the students are studying away, Bowdoin understands that the cost of off-campus study changes when the student studies away and we aim to keep study off-campus affordable for all families.

Please read through our “Paying for Off-Campus Study” page for details about financial arrangements for families who do not receive aid, families who do receive aid, and families who take out loans or use 529 accounts.

The OCS office is happy to assist with general financial questions. For questions about individual aid packages and loans, we encourage you to contact the Student Aid Office directly. For questions about 529 plans, monthly payment plans, tuition insurance, or the disbursement of an aid package, please contact the Bowdoin Bursar’s Office.

Please note regarding summer study away: families are responsible for paying for any international (or domestic) summer study a student undertakes. Financial assistance is not available from Bowdoin’s Student Aid Office for summer study away. Some scholarships may be available through individual academic programs themselves or institutions such as the State Department which offers the Gilman Scholarship to increase diversity in study abroad and the Boren Scholarships (available in the summer only for STEM students). Bowdoin offers a few opportunities to enrich students’ summer experiences, such as through the Student Fellowships & Research Office, Career Planning Center, and the McKeen Center, but students are responsible for researching these opportunities and applying before any deadlines.