Student Aid Instructions

We understand that applying for student aid can be an overwhelming process, so we try to keep it as straightforward as possible. Below are the basics to apply, and you may check the Deadlines section for more information. Contact the Student Aid Office if you have questions.

Required Documents

If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we require the following:

If you are not a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we require the following:


  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 1
  • Regular Decision: February 1
  • Transfer: March 1
  • Returning Bowdoin Students: January 15

Bowdoin uses the CSS Profile to determine each student's eligibility for aid from the College, and the FAFSA is used only to determine each student's eligibility for federal aid. The list of required tax documents will be displayed in IDOC once you complete the CSS Profile, or you may check your applicant portal to see what we require from you. You may access IDOC under the "Next Steps" heading on your College Board dashboard once you submit the CSS Profile. You may also access IDOC by logging in on the IDOC website.

Guidance is available for noncustodial parents who need assistance creating their own College Board account.

If you submit a noncustodial waiver request, please note that Bowdoin requires a third-party statement and court documents (if applicable).

If you need a fee waiver for the CSS Profile (domestic students only) or the ISFAA (international students only), please email the Student Aid Office.

State Scholarship Support

Bowdoin requests that all students apply for scholarships sponsored by their home state. In most cases, filing the FAFSA by February will accomplish this task. To learn more about financial opportunities from your home state we recommend you visit the web site of the agency in charge of administering grants, scholarships, and loans for college.