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Student Aid

Did You Know...?

If you need aid, you will get it.

We evaluate your financial circumstances every year to make sure our award offer is accurate and cur­rent. Whether family resources increase or decrease, we will meet your calculated need for as long as you are enrolled at Bowdoin. 

Bowdoin has replaced loans with grants

Beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year, all loans previously offered as part of the financial aid award have been replaced with grants. Many students will now graduate from Bowdoin with no edu­cational debt. Those who choose to borrow will do so at greatly reduced levels.

You can increase your loan and campus job earnings and still keep your entire grant.

Most students work on campus to help pay for books, personal expenses and travel. While loans are not part of your financial aid award, most students are still eligible to borrow to defray the cost of education. The amount you work and whether you borrow is your choice; the decision will not reduce your grant. 

You don't have to graduate with enormous loans to repay.

Beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year, all loans previously offered as part of the financial aid award have been replaced with grants. Many students will now graduate from Bowdoin with no edu­cational debt. Those who choose to borrow will do so at greatly reduced levels.

You may use outside scholarships to pay for personal expenses.

If you receive a scholarship from a source such as Dollars for Scholars, Rotary Club, or Scouts, you may use these funds to pay for books, supplies, travel and/or personal expenses before your grant award is adjusted. 

You will have a professional financial aid staff member assigned to your family for your four years at Bowdoin.

You will be assigned an experienced financial aid counselor who will review your application each year. Your counselor will know your family circumstances and be available to you for personal dis­cussions. 

Bowdoin participates in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Students who demonstrate financial need and are designated National Merit Scholars by the College or NMSC will receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship for all four years. Scholars who do not demonstrate need for College financial aid will receive a $1,000 renewable scholarship. 

Bowdoin has a student employment manager and a 24/7 Web portal to help you find a job on campus.

In addition to a fully staffed employment office, all campus jobs are listed on a comprehensive Web site that allows you to search and apply for positions online, any time. 

You may take your financial aid package overseas.

Receiving financial aid does not limit your opportunities to study off-campus. If you want to spend a year studying biology in Kenya, art in Ecuador, politics in Germany — wherever you want to study — you can still get financial aid.