Fee Waiver Policy

Your application fee will be automatically waived within the Common Application and Coalition Application if you are applying for financial aid and/or first-generation-to-college student (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university).

You do not need to request a waiver prior to applying as the fee waiver happens automatically.

Skateboards leaning up against a wallIf you are not applying for financial aid and not a first-generation-to-college student, and Bowdoin's $65 application fee presents a significant financial hardship for you or your family, you may still be eligible for an application fee waiver from the College.

Both the Common Application and the Coalition Application lay out additional eligibility criteria for fee waivers.

If you don't meet any of the fee waiver thresholds, but you believe your family's financial circumstances warrant consideration for a fee waiver, you can ask your regional admissions representative for a waiver.

You may also be asked to include a statement from a teacher or college guidance counselor supporting your request.

 

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