Books and supplies are most often part of your family's share of the cost to attend Bowdoin, and many students use summer or on-campus earnings to pay for books. We estimate that students spend approximately $420 on books and supplies each semester, but you may spend more or less depending on your courses. Be sure to have a plan in place to pay for these expenses before you arrive to campus each semester. The Office of Student Aid is happy to help you develop a plan if you need assistance. Our Dollars and Sense publication may also be useful.
Please note that Bowdoin has replaced the 2020-2021 summer earnings expectation and Fall 2020 semester on-campus work expectation with additional Bowdoin Grant for aid recipients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most students will still be responsible for paying for indirect expenses, such as books, personal expenses, housing, meals, or travel (as applicable), as part of their family's contribution. Students whose financial aid exceeds the direct costs may request a refund of excess funds from the bursar's office and use those funds to defray indirect expenses.