Scholarships, grants, and student employment are the primary sources of aid for Bowdoin students who need help in meeting the expenses of their education. Below is an overview of the types of aid Bowdoin offers.

First Year Student Awards

About half of incoming students receive student financial aid from the College each year to help them meet expenses. Recently these awards have ranged from $2,000 to $66,000. Student aid recipients generally receive an aid decision at the same time as their admission decision. Final grant amounts are contingent upon receipt of requested documents and final approval of costs by the Board of Trustees. 

Renewal Awards

All continuing students applying for aid must complete the requirements to apply for aid by the published deadline each year. Grant awards change each year as a function of changes in costs, family income, assets, family size, and number of children attending undergraduate college on a full-time basis.

Student Contribution and Student Employment

Students who receive student aid are expected to contribute to their education by paying a modest share of the expense to attend Bowdoin, and they will see a "student contribution" as part of the total family contribution on the student financial aid award. Students may contribute through outside scholarships, summer earnings, assets, and/or personal gifts from family.

Employment opportunities on campus are available through Bowdoin’s Student Employment Office to all students who are interested and able to work. There are over 1,000 campus jobs available in College departments and offices. Incoming first year students may apply through the First Year Job Placement Program, or they may apply for jobs on their own by searching the list of open positions.

Students may choose to work or not; the decision to work is based on what is best for the student and their family and has no effect on the grant offer.

National Merit Scholarships

Bowdoin National Merit Scholars who are eligible for Bowdoin's institutional student aid receive a renewable $2,000 award. National Merit Scholars who are not eligible for Bowdoin student aid receive a renewable $1,000 recognition award.

For more information about National Merit at Bowdoin, visit the National Merit section of the Student Aid FAQ page.

Outside Scholarships

We encourage all students to pursue outside scholarships and we allow families to benefit from those funds as much as possible. For more information, review our Outside Scholarships Tip Sheet or visit the Outside Scholarships section of the Student Aid FAQ page.

Yellow Ribbon and Other Military/Veteran Education Benefits

Bowdoin is a participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, and applicants who may be eligible for this or other veteran or active military education benefits may find more information on the Bursar's Office website.