Cost of Attendance

No matter your family's economic situation, this is a big investment.

The cost of attendance is made up of both direct and indirect costs.

  • Direct costs are those that show up on the billing statement from Bowdoin; these typically include tuition, fees, room, and board.
  • Indirect costs are the estimated expenses that do not appear on the bill, and it's just as important for students to budget for these. Examples generally include books and supplies, personal expenses, and travel.
Syd Benjamin '19 answers questions about cost of attendance, direct and indirect costs, and more.

Bowdoin meets every student's demonstrated need with grants 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.

Fall 2020 Cost of Attendance

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bowdoin has decided to determine the cost for only the fall semester at this time. Some students will study on campus while others will study off campus, and the cost of attendance for each option is outlined below. The spring semester cost will be published late in the fall semester when we know more information about which students will be on campus, off campus, and in residence.

On-Campus Fall Semester
Off-Campus Fall Semester
Direct Costs
Tuition $27,911 $27,911
Fees $264 $0
Room $2,765 $0
Board $2,995 $0
Direct Costs Total $33,935 $27,911
Indirect Costs
Room and Board* $625 $2,500
Books and Supplies $420 $420
Personal Expenses $625 $625
Travel** varies $0
Indirect Costs Total $1,670+ $3,545
Total Fall Semester Cost of Attendance $35,605+ $31,456















 *Bowdoin will charge students who are studying on campus during the fall semester for room and board from September through November. The room and board expense under Indirect Costs is the estimated cost of housing and food while completing the final weeks of the semester off campus, and this will not be charged by the College. Bowdoin will not charge students who are studying off campus for the fall semester for room and board, but we have included an estimated cost of housing and food for the entire semester while studying off campus under Indirect Costs.

**Estimated travel varies depending on student's permanent residence. Students studying off campus will not have travel included in their cost of attendance.