Net Price by Income

Nearly half of Bowdoin’s current students need institutional grant aid to help them pay for college. Thanks to the generosity of Bowdoin alumni, parents, and friends, we are able to fully fund that need.

Net price is the amount a family actually pays—the difference between the total cost of education for one year (tuition, fees, room, board, books, personal expenses, and travel), minus all grants and scholarships. Generally, the parent contribution and student earnings expectation, including campus job, cover the family’s share.

If you know approximately what your family’s income is, use Bowdoin’s Net Price by Income table below to estimate your net price at Bowdoin.

Bowdoin Median Net Price Based on Income*

Total Family Income Median Net Price
$0-$30,000 $4,200**
$30,001-$48,000 $4,700
$48,001-$75,000 $9,100
$75,001-$110,000 $17,500
$110,001-$150,000 $23,400
$150,001-$200,000 $36,834
$200,001 or more $47,250

Table represents first-year students entering Fall 2019.

The table above shows what typical full-time students who are US residents and receive need-based aid pay.

For a more accurate estimate of what Bowdoin might cost your family, please spend a few minutes with our net price calculator. When you receive your net price calculator results, we invite you to send them to Once we receive your results, we will contact you for a more in-depth conversation about affording a Bowdoin education.

* These numbers may differ from other published net price indexes (e.g., College Scorecard and College Navigator). Bowdoin’s Net Price by Income uses medians rather than averages, reflects students who receive Bowdoin need-based grant aid, and includes more income ranges than other indexes.

**All domestic aided students at Bowdoin have a summer earnings expectation of $2,300 and a campus job earnings expectation during the academic year of $1,900. The campus earnings expectation will be $2,200 for all students beginning in 2020-21.