Prospective Students & Parents


We Meet 100% of Demonstrated Need

At Bowdoin, a family’s ability to pay is not a barrier to admission. We do all that we can to ensure that nothing stands between you and your potential success as a college student—starting with need-blind admissions.

We seek excellence of all types and believe in equal opportunity. Our policy is to meet the full calculated need of every student applying for student aid. Our need-based system of awarding resources has many checks and balances, and it first requires that all families provide a complete and accurate picture of their financial circumstances. Our Student Aid team is prepared to assist you throughout the application process.

International, waitlist, and transfer students need to review specific information related to their admission and student aid eligibility – see Need Blind and Meeting Full Need.

We Are Here To Help

Applying for student financial aid may seem daunting at first glance, but you will manage and you are not alone. Nearly half of all Bowdoin students receive some form of grant assistance. Our Student Aid Glossary can be especially helpful for you and your parents if you have not been through the student aid process before. We invite you and your parents to explore this site to become familiar with the steps that you will need to next pursue. 

For more general information about student aid at Bowdoin, please consult our Prospective Student Tip Sheet.

For parents, seeing a son or daughter take the next big step toward college is an exciting time. However, it is also a time that can cause concern about educational costs. We understand. And, we want you to know that we are committed to helping you make Bowdoin affordable. If you have any questions about the information required on our applications, please contact the Student Aid Office for guidance at or 207-725-3144. We are available to answer all of your questions as they arise.