Costs and Aid

Bowdoin's financial support is behind you throughout your college journey—going well beyond tuition, housing, and food to include things like studying abroad, internships, personal computing, and more. 

Bowdoin meets every student's demonstrated need with scholarships and campus employment. We offer two different calculators to help you estimate your family's share of the cost to attend Bowdoin. Every student's situation is different, and we encourage you to reach out at any time with questions.

2023-2024 Cost of Attendance 

Direct Costs
Tuition $64,304
Fees $606
Housing $8,488
Food $9,202
Direct Costs Total $82,600
Indirect Costs
Books, Course Materials, Supplies, & Equipment $840
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $1,660
Transportation** varies
Indirect Costs Total $2,500+
Total Cost of Attendance $85,100+

 *This table assumes that students will enroll in the Food (Board) plan (21-meal plan).  

Any student that chooses a food (board) plan less than the 21-meal plan will have their student aid Cost of Attendance (COA) adjusted to reflect the College’s billed charge for that specific plan (direct expense), and a daily meals allowance (indirect expense) will be provided. With the start of the 2023/2024 academic year, federal regulations require an allowance for food that is equivalent to 21-meals (three meals a day, seven days a week). Students with no meal plan will not be billed for food on their student account but a daily allowance for food will be reflected in their student aid Cost of Attendance. 

**Estimated travel varies depending on student's permanent residence. 


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

  • Bowdoin is need blind for all applicants, which means that your ability to pay is never a factor or barrier to admission.

  • Bowdoin meets your full calculated need using scholarships, which never have to be paid back.

  • The average financial aid package for students in the most recent entering class is $69,000.

  • Need-based Bowdoin scholarships range from $8,950 to $82,900 in the most recent entering class.

  • More than half of Bowdoin students in the most recent entering class receive aid. Of those aided students, 29 percent pay $0.

  • Our aid packages are loan-free, which means that when you graduate, student loan debt won't limit your options for pursuing whatever comes next.

  • 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.)


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.

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