Affording Bates

Welcome! We look forward to assisting you with your financial aid and student account needs. Please feel free to be in touch with us by:

  • Phone, at 207-786-6096 during business hours, Monday through Friday.
  • Visiting our office in Libbey Forum – we are open from 9am-12pm, and 1-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Email, at sfs@bates.edu – we will reply to you as soon as possible.
  • If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with a financial aid or student account advisor, please email or call – we are happy to provide assistance.

Seeking information about the Biden Administration’s Student Loan Debt Relief Plan? Please visit studentaid.gov for information.


About Bates

A Bates education is broadly defined and highly personalized. In addition to an interdisciplinary, general-education curriculum, Bates offers a diverse menu of options to every student, who choose among them to shape individual learning experiences throughout their four years. Teaching and learning are not confined to the classroom, but transpire onstage and in the art studio, in the residence hall and on the playing field, through study abroad and opportunities unique to Maine, in student organizations and around the dinner table in Commons.

Bates is committed to making this educational experience accessible and affordable to all admitted students, regardless of family financial circumstances, and offers need-based financial aid to eligible students.

Bates’ commitment to affordability and accessibility is a direct extension of the ethical vision that inspired the college’s founders: an education that is open to all will ensure that future leaders and problem-solvers emerge from every walk of life and are able to collaborate with people representing diverse cultures and viewpoints.


A Single Fee

For this highly individualized educational experience, Bates charges a single fee that includes tuition, room, board and fees. The 2022-23 fee for attending Bates is $78,290. Costs for books, personal expenses and transportation are added to a student’s budget for the purpose of estimating financial need and awarding aid.

Moments from inside Elly Rostoum ’07 practitioner-taught course (CIA/intelligence) "Spies, Special Agents and the Presidency," in 314 Hathorn on May 14, 2019. Students participated in a a counterintelligence exercise 'find the mole' where they were provided with a hypothetical set of circumstances and pieces of information and worked in groups to find 'the mole.'

Financial Aid

We provide more than $40 million in grant aid to our students every year. Nearly half of our students receive financial aid, and the average financial aid award, including grant, loan and work, is more than $54,400. Our entire financial aid budget supports students with demonstrated financial need.

Fall foliage on a rainy, overcast day on the Historic Quad and Alumni Walk.

In gray sweatshirt Ciaran Bardong '22
In multi-colored/red sweatshirt Luke Sedore Protti '22
In black sweatshirt Charlie Cronin '22

Running up and down the stairs of Alumni Walk after asked by the photographer