Apply for Aid

Ready to begin applying for financial aid at Bowdoin? Here's what you need to know to get started.
The requirements to apply for aid depend on your citizenship status. All 2021-2022 financial aid forms are available beginning October 1, 2020. We recommend completing financial aid application requirements before the published deadline. Missing the deadline to apply may limit your aid eligibility.

Requirements for US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens

  • 2021–2022 CSS Profile (code 3089)
  • 2021–2022 FAFSA (code 002038)
  • 2019 US tax documents (if applicable)

Requirements for All Other Applicants

  • 2021–2022 CSS Profile (code 3089)
  • 2019 tax documents (only if requested in your admissions portal)

Deadlines and Calendar

Early Decision I: November 15, 2020

Early Decision II: January 5, 2021

Regular Decision: February 1, 2021

Transfer: March 1, 2021

Continuing Bowdoin Students: February 15, 2021

If this is your first time applying for aid at Bowdoin and your parents are divorced, separated, or never married, then each household must submit a CSS Profile and 2019 tax documents (if applicable). Bowdoin may waive a noncustodial parent's participation in extreme circumstances.

You will learn more information about which documents are required once you complete the CSS Profile and access IDOC. Please submit all tax and other documents through IDOC. To determine the status of aid application documents, applicants to the College should check their Bowdoin admissions portal and continuing Bowdoin students should check the "Documents" section of their MyAid portal.

We require the FAFSA and the CSS Profile because we use each form for different purposes. We use the FAFSA to determine US citizens' and eligible non-citizens' eligibility for federal student aid, and we use the CSS Profile to determine each aid applicant's eligibility for financial aid from Bowdoin College.