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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Bowdoin College is $47,744 for the 2015/2016 academic year. This is 84% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $25,965. Bowdoin College is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 51st on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 120% more expensive than the average Maine tuition of $21,660 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 19th in Maine amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 2nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $468 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $48,212.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $13,142 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Brunswick should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $836.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,250 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $0 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Bowdoin College was $63,440 for the 2015/2016 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Maine residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS survey response for Bowdoin College and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Bowdoin College
Estimated Budgets
Maine Resident Total Budget $63,440
   In-State Tuition$47,744
   Other Fees$468
   Room and Board$13,142
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,250
   Books and Supplies$836
Non-Resident Total Budget $63,440
   Out-of-State Tuition$47,744
   Other Fees$468
   Room and Board$13,142
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,250
   Books and Supplies$836


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $63,440 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Bowdoin College net price for in-state students is $22,289* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

48% of Bowdoin College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $37,611. 14 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,394. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Bowdoin College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Bowdoin College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$22,289*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid48%
Average Total Grant Aid$37,611
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants14%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,394

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$5,925
$30,001 to $48,000$6,713
$48,001 to $75,000$12,173
$75,001 to $110,000$19,367

Average Financial Aid Mix - $63,440 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $63,440. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 60% - $37,611

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Bowdoin College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 8% - $5,039

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 31% -  $19,540

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Bowdoin College.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Bowdoin College is $253,760 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $22,525 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $90,100**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $317,200 or $112,625 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Bowdoin College.

Maine Resident Tuition Per Semester$23,872
Maine Resident Total Cost Per Semester$31,720

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Bowdoin College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Bowdoin College
Price per credit hour$933
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$2,799
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$3,732

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 15% of Bowdoin College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,039. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $21,292.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Bowdoin College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $90,100, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $110,962.59. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Bowdoin College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 48% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $22,525. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Bowdoin College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Bowdoin College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$924.69
Amount Borrowed$90,100.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$20,862.59
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$110,962.59

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Bowdoin College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Bowdoin College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $110,962.59 would be needed to afford a $924.69 monthly payment in the example $90,100.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Bowdoin College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $42,386 to $47,744. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.2%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $253,760.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Bowdoin College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$87,245$348,979
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$111,349$445,396
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $142,113$568,450
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $164,513$658,052

Tuition History

What was tuition at Bowdoin College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Bowdoin College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 43 39% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 16 50% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 16 65% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 16 37% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 13 62% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 12 64% costlier
African Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 18% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 6 64% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 6 62% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 44% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 5 61% costlier
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 5 18% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 5 68% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 5 68% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 4 56% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 53% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 57% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 49% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 28% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 61% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 3 18% costlier
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism Bachelor's Degree 3 31% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 51% costlier
Ancient Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 29% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 28% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 42% costlier
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 2 15% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 49% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 67% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 63% costlier
Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 64% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 63% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 45% costlier


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About Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is a four year private college located in Brunswick, Maine.  Full time enrollment is 1,794 and part time is 5.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 6,790 applicants. 1,010 were admitted and 500 enrolled.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Bowdoin College
5700 College Station - President's Office
Brunswick, Maine

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Bowdoin College is a private not for profit institution.

Bowdoin College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=161004 IPEDS survey data.

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