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, food and housing (living expenses).
  • 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 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 Full Board (Food) (21-meal plan). If a student chooses a different meal plan or opts for no meal plan at all, food will be adjusted in accordance with our regular policies. Students with no meal plan will not be charged for board.

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