MyinTuition: Bowdoin’s Fast, Free Tool to Help Students and Families Estimate College Costs

Bowdoin College has introduced a fast, user-friendly and free tool to help families of prospective students gauge costs while factoring in financial aid.

MyinTuition lets users anonymously answer six quick financial questions, such as annual income and home ownership status. The tool then calculates an estimate of how much Bowdoin will cost.

“Bowdoin College is committed to affordability,” said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Whitney Soule.

“In addition to eliminating the application fee for students who are first-generation to college or who are applying for aid, and our comprehensive financial aid packaging policies, we have added this calculator as an effective way to demonstrate our ability to support families with financial need.”

MyinTuition is designed to help dispel the misimpression that top-notch schools are unaffordable, a message Bowdoin strives to reinforce with the following:

MyinTuition helps Bowdoin dispel the misimpression that it is unaffordable to those in need.

  • Bowdoin meets 100% of demonstrated need with grant/scholarship assistance and a small work award.
  • Bowdoin’s standard financial aid packages do not include loans.
  • Approximately 47% of the Class of 2018 received grant assistance from Bowdoin. The average Bowdoin grant for the Class of 2018 is more than $40,000.

“Our goal with MyinTuition is to give families one more way to learn about our cost and estimate how much they would have to pay,” said Director of Student Aid Michael Bartini.

MyinTuition compliments the more detailed Net Price Calculator — both of which are available on Bowdoin’s Student Aid webpage.

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4 thoughts on “Bowdoin Among ‘Best College Financial Aid Policies’ (Washington Post)

  1. Mark Lesser

    Bowdoin’s financial aid policy seems discriminatory against middle income families. If you earn very little, or can show that you earn very little you get a free ride. If you earn a ton and don’t choose to hide it, you really don’t mind paying with “cheap money”. Assets count, but many families with substantial assets apparently can hide those assets, in LLC’s, corporations and the like. So those in the middle income bracket, with assets they will need for retirement are stuck with a damaging financial burden. The non-linearity of the arrangement, the failure to consider the loopholes in the system, the punishment of the honest families that don’t try to game the system, and the encouragement of the dishonest families that do…all this gets recognition as among the ‘best college Financial Aid Policies’? Really?

  2. shood

    From the Editor: We appreciate your comment but disagree with your conclusion. As President Mills wrote in his very first Bowdoin Daily Sun column, the College is taking concrete steps to assist — rather than “discriminate against” — middle income families:

    The “no-loan” policy at Bowdoin was not generally focused on students and families with the highest need. Many of these students had not been required to take out loans even before our “no-loan” policy went into effect. Nor was the “no-loans” policy ever a prohibition on borrowing. At Bowdoin, the “no-loan” initiative was designed to help middle class families making between $60,000 and $150,000. These are the families who may be most affected by the recession, who might view Bowdoin as beyond their economic means, and who we frequently support with financial aid. Instead of requiring a loan of roughly $5,000 a year as part of the aid package, Bowdoin simply increased the grant portion of the aid package by roughly that amount.

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