Tuition and Fees

A Bates education is one of the most worthwhile investments you will make — it will provide you with the tools for a lifetime of learning, engagement, and achievement. Supported by dedicated faculty and staff, Bates students learn to explore broadly and deeply, to cross disciplines and to question rigorously. Bates offers students a challenging academic experience in a collaborative and supportive environment. Student Financial Services will work with your family to make this important investment affordable.

Academic Year 2020-21
Cost of Attendance for Students Studying On Campus        

Annual Cost

Single Fee


Estimated Books and Supplies


Estimated Travel and Personal Expenses (variable)

$1,250 – $2,150

Bates Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), if elected



$77,833 – $78,733


Cost of Attendance for Students Studying Remotely            

         Annual Cost

Single Fee (adjusted)


Room and Board*


Estimated Books and Supplies


Bates Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), if elected




*Bates will not charge students who are studying remotely for room and board; the amount shown represents the estimated cost of housing and food for students who study remotely. 

Books, Personal and Travel Expenses

The majority of expenses you incur as a student are direct costs billed through Bates. These include the single fee, health insurance (if elected) and costs for applied music or optional extra-cost Short Term courses. The remaining expenses are indirect costs for books, personal expenses and travel.

When determining financial aid eligibility, we estimate costs of $2,150 to $3,050 for books, personal and travel expenses for students attending classes on campus — the actual amount may be more or less, depending upon individual preference.

Fees for Off-Campus Study

Students participating in off-campus study (except those on the Bates Fall Semester Abroad Program) are charged a registration fee of $2,573 for each semester spent away from Bates. Be sure to notify your parents/guardians of this fee, which covers some of the costs associated with the administration of the off-campus study process. This fee is charged by Bates and is separate from fees that may be charged by your off-campus program.

Student Health Insurance

All students enrolled at Bates are required to have health insurance and must provide annual proof of coverage. Students may elect coverage under their own insurance, through their employer or their parents’ policies, or through the Bates Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). The cost of coverage through the SHIP for the full 12 months is $2,153. For students returning to campus for the first time for the Winter semester and enrolling in the SHIP in January, the premium is $1,333.

To ensure that students have adequate coverage, the college requires students to either enroll in or waive out of the Bates SHIP by completing the Health Insurance Enroll – Waive process accessed through the Garnet Gateway and administered by Wellfleet Insurance Group. The Enroll – Waive process for students returning for the fall semester opens in June and closes on August 15. Students returning to campus for the first time for the winter semester must complete the Enroll – Waive process on the Garnet Gateway by January 10, 2021. Click on Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) under the To-Do List on the Garnet Gateway to complete this process.

Students who elect the Bates SHIP or are required to enroll in the plan due to inadequate coverage will be billed the cost of the SHIP in September (students returning for the fall semester) or January (students returning for the winter semester.) Students receiving need-based financial aid from Bates enrolled in the plan receive an additional grant to offset this cost.

Students who take no action and do not complete the mandatory Enroll – Waive process will automatically be enrolled in and charged for the cost of the SHIP – there will be no refunds or reversals of charges.

Additional information about the Bates SHIP is available through the following resources:

How We Can Help

Whether or not you qualify for financial aid, Student Financial Services can be a helpful resource for your family. In addition to need-based financial aid, we offer a monthly payment plan and numerous student and parent loan options.

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