Paying Your Bill

Important information about fees and payment options.

Fees and Due Dates for 2020-21
Type of Fee
Due Date
Admission enrollment deposit $300 May 1
Fall semester fee $36,765 August 1
Winter semester fee $36,765 December 1
Off-campus study registration fee (per semester) $2,573 August 1/December 1
Student health insurance* $2,153 October 1

*For students who elect coverage.

Room and Board Adjustments for Remote Study

Recognizing that student residency status will be variable in 2020–21, the college will adjust the room and board portion of the single fee for students who elect remote study.

  • As in prior years, students will be charged in July for one half of the annual single fee of $36,765.  Students will be charged the second half of single fee in November.
  • Students who elect remote study for the fall will receive a room and board adjustment of $7,353. Those who elect remote study for the winter semester will receive a room and board adjustment of $7,721. Please note that if you receive Bates financial aid and your cost of attendance changes as the result of a decision to study remotely, your financial aid award will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Students who have received prior permission from the Office of Residence Life and Health Education to live off campus for the fall will receive an off-campus housing rebate of $2,300. Off-campus students who also elect to be off the board plan will receive an additional $2,300 rebate.
  • All adjustments of room and board, including applicable adjustments of financial aid awards, will be reflected on the August and November bills issued to students and authorized individuals.

Short Term Refunds

Students previously notified by the college that they are eligible for a Short Term Refund will have refunds processed and applied to their student account during the week of January 11, 2021.

Refunds will appear as a credit on the student account, with the credit being applied first to any outstanding account balance. You may request a payment for any excess credit (via direct deposit or check) by submitting a Refund Request through the Garnet Gateway, or you may leave the excess credit on your student account to offset future charges.

Bates Billing Notification

Bates produces online bills that can be accessed through the student’s Garnet Gateway account. Students and parents (if the student has provided authorization) are notified monthly by email when bills are ready to be viewed. If a student doesn’t authorize a parent to have access to the bill, the student receives all billing notifications and assumes responsibility for payment.

Billing notifications are sent by Student Financial Services on or around July 10 for the fall semester, and November 10 for the winter semester. Students are strongly encouraged to make sure their parents or other sponsors have access to the bill by authorizing access through the Garnet Gateway. Questions concerning the bill or payment to Bates should be directed to

Payment Options

Students and parents can pay by check or use a checking or statement savings account to pay online. Bates does not accept credit cards for payment of the student account. Payments made by check should be sent to Student Financial Services, 44 Mountain Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240.

International Payments

Bates has partnered with Flywire to streamline the tuition payment process for international students and families. Flywire’s mission is to save international students and their families money that would otherwise be lost on bank fees and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. Families who use Flywire are offered excellent foreign exchange rates and are able to pay in their home currency, saving a significant amount of money compared to traditional banks. Families can track payments online through the transfer process, and are provided with email confirmation when payment is received by Bates.

Payment Policies

All student charges must be paid by the published due date each semester, and a late payment fee of 1% of the outstanding balance is assessed each month for accounts with balances greater than $500.

Please note that we understand families may still be making decisions regarding the winter semester learning options offered by Bates. Therefore, no late fees will be assessed by the college during the months of December, 2020 or January, 2021.

Financial aid that has been awarded and anticipated proceeds from student and parent loans that have been certified by Bates are deducted from the balance due before any late fees are assessed. Students are encouraged to check their financial aid status on the Garnet Gateway to make certain that all financial aid requirements have been received.

Students who have not submitted required financial aid documentation by applicable deadlines and have therefore not received a financial aid award are not exempt from late fee charges, nor are they permitted to delay payment.

Outside scholarships are applied to student accounts when they are received; anticipated payments are not deducted from the balance due before late fees are applied.

Scholarship checks from private organizations should be mailed directly to Student Financial Services. Please do not mail scholarship checks with other payments. Scholarships are divided evenly (unless noted otherwise by the donor) between semesters.