Paying Your Bill

Important information about fees and payment options.

Fees and Payment Dates for 2021-22AmountPayment Date
Admission enrollment deposit$300May 1
Single Fee – Fall semester$37,860August 1
Single Fee – Winter semester$37,860December 1
Off-campus study registration fee (per semester)$2,650August 1/December 1
Bates Student Health Insurance*$1,996October 1
*for students who elect or are required to enroll in the Bates Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

Billing Notification

Bates provides an online bill 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 sfs@bates.edu.

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.

Off-Campus Housing Rebate

Seniors who have received prior permission from the Office of Residence Life and Health Education to live off campus for the semester or academic year are eligible to receive a rebate (applied as a credit to the student account) of housing and/or meal costs, as follows:

  • Rebate for housing – $2,370 per semester ($4,740 per year)
  • Rebate for meals – $2,370 per semester ($4,740 per year)

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.

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.