Contact Us

The Bowdoin Student Aid Office is committed to answering your questions as quickly as possible. For the quickest possible response, we recommend contacting the SAO at or (207) 725-3144. You may also make an appointment or drop in if you'd like to meet with a counselor.


Phone: (207) 725-3144
(207) 725-3864

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Office of Student Aid
5300 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011

Physical Location:
Ashby House
254 Maine Street (Map It)

Find Your Counselor:
Determine your assigned aid counselor by the first letter of your last name.
A-F: Stephanie Haines
G-J: Michael Bartini
K-Re: Andrea Cross
Rf-Z: LK Gagnon

Student Aid Staff

Michael Bartini, Director of Student Aid

Mike or (207) 725-3146

Mike Bartini brings more than 30 years of financial aid experience to Bowdoin, including eight years as director of financial aid at Brown University. For the past five years, Mr. Bartini has held a variety of leadership roles at The College Board. He previously served as director of financial aid at Washington and Lee University, where he also oversaw all federal programs for the School of Law. Mr. Bartini is a graduate of Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass., where he earned a degree in economics.

Andrea Cross, Senior Associate Director of Student Aid or (207) 725-3531

Andrea Cross is a seasoned financial aid professional who has spent her entire career in higher education. Before her arrival at Bowdoin, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Aid at Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) for many years and Bay Path College and Springfield College prior to that. Over her career she has also been active in the greater financial aid community through various organizations including the Maine Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA), and the New England Region of the College Board. Currently she participates in the MASFAA School Support Initiative which offers FAFSA and financial aid counseling to Maine high schools.

Andrea earned her B.Ed. from McGill University and an M.S. and C.A.S. from Springfield College.

LK Gagnon, Associate Director of Student Aid

LK or (207) 725-3971

LK Gagnon is an experienced higher ed professional who recently made the switch to Financial Aid after four years as Associate Dean and Director of Operations in Bates Admission. A native Mainer, LK enjoys all things Maine, but most of all loves Vinalhaven Island and the rocky coast.

A Bates grad, legacy and parent, LK is excited to join the Bowdoin team. She lives in Brunswick, and is enjoying the short walk to work.

Stephanie Haines, Associate Director of Student Aid or (207) 725-3239

Steph became interested in pursuing a career in financial aid when she was a work-study student in the financial aid office at Grinnell College.  She received her B.A. in political science, with honors, from Grinnell in 2014.  After college, she continued her education at Harvard University, where she earned her Ed.M. in higher education in 2015 while she interned in the financial aid office at Harvard College.

Steph hails from rural Iowa, where she grew up on her family's 80-acre farm.  She grew up raising and showing Boer goats across the Midwest, and she was crowned the first ever Iowa Meat Goat Queen in 2011. Since she has moved to the East Coast, Steph has enjoyed eating incredible food, learning how to kayak and hike, and spending summer weekends at the beach.

Alyson Magian, Administrative Coordinator or (207) 725-3768

Alyson provides administrative support for Office of Student Aid and Student Employment.  Prior to joining the Student Aid office Alyson worked at Bowdoin’s HL Library, Student Fellowships and the Registrar’s office.

Alyson came to Maine in 2008 after 25 years as the Executive Director of various rowing programs, most recently Community Rowing in Boston.  Her interests include sea kayaking, rowing, snowboarding and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and dogs.

Kendra St. Gelais, Manager of Data & Operations or (207)725-3274


Kendra began her career in higher education as a work-study student in the financial aid office at the University of New England while she was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in marine biology. She continued her studies at NSU’s Oceanographic Center in FL earning her M.S. in Marine Biology while continuing to work in many positions within their Enrollment and Student Services office.

Upon graduation, Maine called her back and she began to work at UNE in a professional capacity becoming more involved in the systems and data aspects of student aid. With her enthusiasm for data and systems, she joined the Bowdoin College Student Aid Office in 2015.

Kendra is originally from the southern tier of New York but calls Maine her forever home. Outside of data and systems, Kendra enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog enjoying everything that Maine has to offer.