Costs and Aid

Why don't we call it tuition? We do! But the cost of college includes more than just tuition, and we want to help families account for this in their budgets and planning.

2021-2022 Cost of Attendance

Tuition $57,776
Board $8,268
Room $7,630
Fees $546
Subtotal ** $74,220
Books and Supplies $840
Personal Expenses $1,250
Travel **  varies
Total Estimated Expenses $76,310

This table assumes that students will enroll in the Res-19 meal plan. If a student chooses a different meal plan or opts for no meal plan at all, board will be adjusted in accordance with our regular policies. Students with no meal plan will not be charged for board.

**Varies depending on student's permanent residence.

This page is meant to be an overview and an introduction to costs and student aid at Bowdoin.

When you're ready to talk about detailed numbers and processes, the Office of Student Aid employs five of the best listeners we've ever met. They work with each applicant's family, one-on-one.

More information:

Here's what you need to know about aid at Bowdoin:

  • We're need blind: a family's ability to pay is not a factor in admission.

  • The average Bowdoin grant is $54,530 for the Class of 2025.

  • Bowdoin grants range from $1,090 to $75,000 and our aid packages are loan-free

  • We waive the $65 application fee for any student applying for financial aid or who will be the first in their family to attend college.

We are committed to helping make a Bowdoin education affordable. We're ready to work closely with you on a one-on-one basis and do the best we can to ensure your financial circumstances allow your student to attend Bowdoin. We're serious—just ask us.

College Cost Calculator

Estimate your potential aid package by answering six basic questions to get a sense of what you can expect to pay at Bowdoin. (This tool does not apply to Canadian or other international students.)


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