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. Please submit your aid application materials by the published deadline and allow sufficient time to complete all steps. Missing the deadline to apply may limit your aid eligibility.

Requirements for US Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens

  • 2019–2020 CSS Profile (code 3089)
  • 2019–2020 FAFSA (code 002038)
  • 2017 US tax documents (if applicable)

Requirements for All Other Applicants

  • 2019–2020 CSS Profile (code 3089)
  • 2017 tax documents (only if requested in your admissions portal)


Early Decision I: November 15, 2018

Early Decision II: January 1, 2019

Regular Decision: February 1, 2019

Transfer: March 1, 2019

Continuing Bowdoin Students: January 15, 2019

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 2017 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.