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 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 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. 

2019–2020 Cost of Attendance

Semester Academic Year
Direct Costs
Tuition $27,911 $55,822
Fees $264 $528
Room $3,686 $7,372
Board (19-meal plan)* $3,994 $7,988
Direct Costs Total $35,855 $71,710
Indirect Costs
Books and Supplies $420 $840
Personal Expenses $625 $1,250
Travel** varies varies
Total Cost of Attendance $36,900 $73,800












 *Varies depending on board plan selected.
**Varies depending on student's permanent residence.