Separated or Divorced Parents

When a student's parents are divorced or separated, Bowdoin collects income and asset information from each natural parent and their current spouses. Typically, we use the resources of two parents (natural parents or custodial parent and current spouse) to determine eligibility for the College's grant support. Separation agreements or court orders do not direct the awarding of institutional resources. Please see the CSS Profile and FAFSA instructions for the definition of custodial parent.

Financial aid administrators carefully examine family structure and individual circumstances; the basis for noncustodial support is economic ability to pay college costs, not willingness or unwillingness to do so.

The noncustodial parent is required to complete a CSS Profile for their household. The noncustodial parent will need to create College Board login credentials to access the CSS Profile. Noncustodial parents are also required to submit tax forms. Please see the Deadlines page for more information on required forms and deadlines for noncustodial parents.

If a student has concerns about our requirements for their noncustodial parent, please contact the Student Aid Office.