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.

Spring 2021 Cost of Attendance

The Student Aid Office expects to release spring semester financial aid notices in December when we know more information about which students will be in residence (on campus), in an off-campus household with on-campus privileges, and remote (off campus). Please find the cost of attendance for each status below. For more information about spring semester statuses and updates on the spring semester plan, please review the Spring 2021 FAQ.

In-Residence (On-Campus) Spring Semester
Off-Campus with On-Campus Privileges Spring Semester* Remote (Off-Campus) Spring Semester**
Direct Costs
Tuition $27,911 $27,911 $27,911
Fees $264 $264 $0
Room $3,686 $0 $0
Board $3,994 $3,994 $0
Direct Costs Total $35,855 $32,169 $27,911
Indirect Costs
Room $0 $3,686 $2,500
Board $0 $0
Books and Supplies $420 $420 $420
Personal Expenses $625 $625 $625
Travel*** varies varies $0
Indirect Costs Total $1,045+ $4,731+ $3,545
Total Spring Semester Cost of Attendance $36,900+ $36,900+ $31,456

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 *Bowdoin will not charge students who are off campus with on-campus privileges for housing. This table assumes that these students will enroll in the Res-19 meal plan. If a student chooses a different meal plan or opts for no meal plan at all, board will be adjusted in accordance with our regular policies. Students with no meal plan will not be charged for board.

**Bowdoin will not charge students who are studying remotely (off campus) for the spring 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 remotely (off campus) will not have travel included in their cost of attendance.


Fall 2020 Cost of Attendance

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.