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[Costs and Financial Aid]

Charges and Payments

Tuition, room, and board charges for all students residing at the College are included in one comprehensive charge. Upon reasonable notice, these charges are subject to adjustment in accordance with the changing costs of operation. Textbooks and supplies are not included in the charges cited below, and no attempt is made to estimate such personal items as clothes, travel, amusement, and vacation expenses.

Annual Charge for 1997-1998

Comprehensive Charge..................................$28,650.00
Campus residence is required of all students not living with their families, except when special permission to reside elsewhere is granted by the Office of the Dean of Students or when a student is required by the College to vacate college residences. Students who do not live on campus may receive a refund, and should consult with the Financial Office regarding it. All dormitory rooms are equipped with standard furniture; bed linens and blankets are not provided. The College operates one central dining facility, the Memorial Commons.

A $1,000 group accident and sickness insurance policy for the academic year, including interim vacations, is included in the Annual Charge cited above. The College requires that all students be covered by adequate insurance in case of serious emergencies. Detailed information is available at the Health Center.

Calendar of Payments

Upon Acceptance (first-year students).......................$300.00
March 15 Registration Deposit (upperclass students)..........250.00*

August 1 Annual Charge, First Billing....................$14,900.00
December 1 Annual Charge, Second Billing..................13,750.00
*will be credited against fall billing

Final admission is granted to first-year students only after all requirements have been met and the Payment upon Acceptance of $300 has been made to the Financial Office. If the student does not enroll, $100 of this fee is forfeited. Upon matriculation, $250 of this deposit is credited toward the first bill; the balance of $50 is retained until the termination of a student's enrollment at the College.

Students who leave Bates during the course of a semester are required to apply in writing for a leave of absence from the Office of the Dean of Students. Refunds are issued by request to the Financial Office after a leave or withdrawal has been granted. Students withdrawing on or before the 50th day of a full semester receive a prorated refund of the annual charge, less residence-hall allocation, as follows: on or before the first day of classes, 100 percent (less $100); 2-10 days, 90 percent; 11-20 days, 75 percent; 21-30 days, 50 percent; 31-50 days, 25 percent; no refund after 50 days.

Refunds for students receiving federal aid are allocated first to the federal aid programs in the following order: Federal Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Grants (FSEOG), and other title IV programs; any remaining refund balance is distributed to institutional and other aid programs and then to the family. Repayment of federal aid is computed through a formula contained in the regulations of the Title IV aid programs.

All student charges must be paid or satisfactory arrangements must be made with the College Financial Office before the opening of classes each semester.

Other Charges when Applicable

Education 460-461 ...................................  $40.00 a course
Music 271-272 ....................................... $260.00 a semester
Special students (nondegree candidates) ............. $800.00 a course
Auditing, nonmatriculating students ................. $100.00 a course
Off-Campus Study Registration Fee,
fall or winter semester
1997-1998 ........................................... $215.00
Off-Campus Study Registration Fee
full year,
1997-1998 ............................................$287.00
Off-Campus Study Registration Fee,
1998-1999 ............................................(see p. 23)
Books and supplies, average first-year cost ......... $350.00 a semester
Off-campus Short Term units .........................     *

* Additional charges are made for most units conducted off campus, in order to cover partially the special cost of transportation, additional facilities, and different accommodations required by such programs. Extra charges vary with the cost of operating particular programs involving extensive travel.

Financial Aid
Bates students help in many ways to meet their college costs. Assistance may come from numerous scholarships, from opportunities for part-time employment, or from student loans. Frequently the aid that a student receives is in the form of a combination of these grant and self-help opportunities. In recent years Bates students have received more than $13.5 million of financial aid annually in the form of scholarships and loans from the College and from outside sources.

Conditions of Aid. The following conditions pertain to all students applying for and receiving financial aid.

  1. Financial aid is granted on the basis of financial need and adequate progress by a student toward the Bachelor's Degree.

    **Additional charges are made for most units conducted off campus, in order to cover partially the special cost of transportation, additional facilities, and different accommodations required by such programs. Extra charges vary with the cost of operating particular programs involving extensive travel.

  2. To be considered for financial aid, a student must submit the following forms each year: the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE; the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and the Federal Income Tax Returns of the parents and student.

  3. To receive aid after the first year, a student must demonstrate satisfactory campus citizenship, show a continuance of financial need, and meet established standards of satisfactory progress toward the degree as set forth in the College's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. (see p. 20)

  4. Dismissal or suspension for a semester or longer will automatically revoke the assignment of financial aid.

  5. Scholarships and loans will be credited in equal amounts to the bills payable at the beginning of each semester.

  6. The College reserves the right to adjust its grant-in-aid to a student who receives additional scholarship assistance from an outside source.

  7. Students who qualify for scholarship aid during an academic year may apply for an additional grant if enrollment in a College off-campus course or program requires an expenditure above the Annual Charge. Such further aid is granted to the extent that scholarship funds are available.

  8. Scholarships are not regarded as loans, but if the recipient should later return to the College the sum given, the money would be added to the scholarship funds and be made available to other deserving students.

  9. Financial aid will not be continued beyond eight semesters unless truly exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the student develop.

Many individual benefactors of the College have given funds, the income from which is used for scholarship aid. Other scholarships come from foundations and from the operating funds of the College. More than one-third of Bates students receive assistance from these sources in varying amounts, depending on need. Once grant eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office, students are automatically considered for all special College grants or scholarships for which they may be eligible. Some of these scholarships and grants include, but are not limited to, the following:

Lillian and Wallace W. Fairbanks '24 Scholarships. The College's largest scholarship endowment at $3 million, the Fairbanks Fund continues Mr. and Mrs. Fairbanks's tradition of generosity to needy Bates students. Wallace Fairbanks, a Lewiston native, was associated with the Massachusetts retail firm of Cherry and Webb from his graduation until retirement in 1964; the Fairbankses lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, for sixty years. Grants are made each year for general scholarship assistance, as directed by the President and Trustees of the College.

Joan Holmes and Ralph T. Perry Scholarships. These are scholarships for women and men from the state of Maine who have substantial financial need, with preference given to students who have exhibited perseverance in achieving academic, extracurricular, or personal goals. The scholarships were given in 1992 by Joan Holmes Perry and Ralph T. Perry, members of the Class of 1951.

Benjamin E. Mays Scholarships. Dr. Mays, Class of 1920, was president of Morehouse College, where he served more than twenty years. Mays Scholars are appointed on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and character and hold the honor for four years.

The Charles Irwin Travelli Fund and Alice S. Ayling Foundation Scholarships. Annual awards, in varying but substantial amounts, are made by the Travelli Fund and Ayling Foundation to a group of carefully selected students with extreme financial need who demonstrate those qualities upon which sound and enduring American citizenship is built. Students selected are those whose records show high character and recognized leadership in some organized campus activity that contributes significantly to the interests of the College as a whole. Students selected must prove by their grades and class standing their determination to secure a good education.

The College Key Scholarships. The College Key, the honorary alumni organization, awards four annual scholarships to qualified undergraduates. Recipients of the College Key Scholarships are chosen on the basis of character, contribution to College life, and future promise, as well as financial need.

The Mabel Eaton Scholarship. Endowed by the College Key, in memory of Mabel Eaton, Class of 1910, College Librarian. The Mabel Eaton Scholarship is given to a student who has worked in the library.

The Geoffrey Suess Law Traveling Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually on a competitive basis to the student or students most deserving support for study abroad. Preference is given to underclass students and to prospective participants in Short Term units offered abroad, and it is supported by a fund initiated by Mr. and Mrs. George S. Law and the Reverend Gretchen Law-Imperiale in honor of Geoffrey S. Law, for nine years a professor in the Department of History.

Other Scholarships. A separate publication of the College cites the almost four hundred endowed scholarships awarded annually.

Financial-aid grants are often secured from churches, service clubs, fraternal organizations, women's clubs, and special local and regional foundations. Students in need of assistance should explore all of these sources in their local communities or regions.

Students in colleges throughout the country are investing in their own futures by borrowing money when necessary to meet college costs.

Two widely used funds are the Federal Perkins Loans and the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Interested students may secure information about these programs from high-school guidance offices, or from the Bates Financial Aid Office.

Students should also look into the higher-education and assistance programs of the states in which they reside. Information about these possibilities may be secured from secondary-school guidance offices or from the Bates Financial Aid Office.

The College maintains a fund for emergency needs. Such loans must be paid promptly in accordance with the terms of the notes and therefore should be viewed only as temporary relief.

Student Employment
The Student Employment Office assists students in finding jobs on campus, off campus, and in community work-study positions, both during the academic year and during the summer. Preference is given to students with campus employment listed as a component of their financial-aid award. Positions range from life-guarding at the campus pool, to caring for the plants in the biology department greenhouse, to giving presentations in local schools in conjunction with the local sexual assault crisis center. Jobs offer students the opportunity to earn money toward tuition or expenses while enjoying an enriching experience and developing meaningful relationships with coworkers and supervisors. The Student Employment Office is located at 215 College Street.

Student Research and Service-Learning Grant Programs
Bates Summer Research Apprenticeships. This program provides stipends and room-and-board support for students in all disciplines who work directly with Bates faculty members on intensive research projects during the summer.

Hoffman-Mellon Fund for Student Research. This endowment, established by the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, with additional support from a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides room-and-board support for students in all disciplines conducting individual summer research projects or assisting a faculty member with his or her research.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grants. Three major grants to the College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute provide funding for a variety of student research programs in the sciences and mathematics, including Hughes Student Faculty Research Grants, Hughes Individual Student Research Grants, the Hughes Dental Scholars Program, Hughes Student Travel Grants, and support for student research in science during the academic year.

Merck Fellowships in Biology and Chemistry. Supported by a grant from the Merck Foundation, the Merck Fellowship Program enables three students of biological chemistry, biology, or chemistry to conduct summer research under the direction of a Bates faculty member. The fellows also organize a biochemistry symposium during the year following their research.

Philip J. Otis Fellowships. The Otis Fellowships provide support for several students each year to conduct substantial off-campus projects (usually during the Short Term or the summer) that explore and environmental or eco-spiritual topic. The fellowships are supported by an endowment established by Margaret V. B. and C. Angus Wurtle in the memory of their son, Philip '95, who died attempting to rescue a climber on Mount Rainier.

Linda Erickson Rawlings Fund for Student/Faculty Research in Mathematics. Established by Linda Erickson Rawlings '76, the fund provides support for exceptional students conducting pre-thesis summer research in mathematics under the direction of Bates faculty, or assisting a faculty member with his or her research.

Sargent Student Research Fund. Established by David C. Sargent and Jean T. Sargent, parents of Anne Sargent '78, the Sargent Fund provides support for student thesis research in any discipline.

Dr. Jason M. Tanzer Fund for Student Research in Biology and Chemistry. Established by Dr. Jason M. Tanzer '59, the Tanzer Fund supports students conducting research in the biological and chemical sciences.

Stangle Family Fund for Student/Faculty Research in Economics and Law. Established by Bruce E. Stangle '70 and Emily J. Stangle '72, the Stangle Family Fund offers support for students to conduct research in economics or law under the direction of a Bates faculty member, or a research or internship position in a business, professional association, or government agency which deals with issues of economics or the law.

Aaron R. Winkler '92 Fund for Student Research in Biology. Established by Robert O. Winkler and Susan B. Winkler, parents of Aaron R. Winkler '92, the fund provides support for qualified students to conduct research in the field of biology under the direction of a faculty member.

Arthur Crafts Service Awards. Established through the bequest of Arthur Crafts, the Crafts Fund provides grants to qualified students who design a service internship with a social service organization or who undertake an academic research project dealing with community issues, whether social, economic, educational, or cultural.

Vincent Mulford Service Internship and Research Fund. An endowment established by the Vincent Mulford Foundation provides support for students conducting summer research projects or service internships with a social service organization, government agency, or an individual or group dedicated to addressing the needs of society.

Prizes and Awards
Ralph J. Chances Economics Prize. Awarded annually to an outstanding senior economics major by the faculty in economics, on the basis of high academic achievement and interest in the field of economics. Given in honor of Professor Ralph J. Chances, a member of the Faculty from 1958 to 1988, by faculty and alumni of the College.

Geoffrey P. Charde Art Award. Awarded annually by the art history faculty to that senior student who best exemplifies great promise and a continually developing interest in the study of art history. Given by the family and friends of Geoffrey P. Charde '88 as a memorial to Geoffrey, an art student who died in 1987 while still an undergraduate at the College.

The College Key Music Award. An annual award to the senior man or woman whose services to the musical organizations have been most outstanding.

Charles A. Dana Award. Bates considers the Charles A. Dana award to be one of the highest honors bestowed upon its students. Dana Scholars are selected from among students in the first-year class on the basis of leadership potential, academic excellence and promise, and service to the College community. Each year up to twenty students are chosen, based upon nominations from faculty and student leaders.

Alice Jane Dinsmore Wandke Award. To the woman in the sophomore or first-year class who, in the judgment of the Department of English, excels in creative work in either prose or poetry. From the income of a fund established by Alfred Wandke and Alfred Dinsmore Wandke as a memorial to Alice Dinsmore Wandke '08.

William H. Dunham, Sr. '32 Literary Award. A prize for a graduating senior English major who has displayed excellence in the study of English or American literature. Given in honor of William H. Dunham, Sr. '32, member of the Board of Overseers, 1944 to 1967, and Board of Fellows, 1968 to 1979, by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Dunham; their children, Stella D. Lydon, Thomas B. Dunham, Mary Ann Dunham, and William H. Dunham, Jr. '63; and their grandchildren.

Lelia M. Forster Award. By bequest of Mrs. Lelia M. Forster of Weld, to be awarded to the young man and young woman of the preceding entering class who have shown character and ideals the most likely to benefit society.

Forrest K. Garderwine Award for History. Awarded to a junior major who submits the most promising prospectus for a senior thesis or the most outstanding essay or paper during his or her junior year, as judged by members of the Department of History. Restricted to topics addressing nineteenth-century U.S. history, with preference for treatments of the Civil War, including its origins and aftermath. Given by Forrest K. Garderwine of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Harold Norris Goodspeed, Jr. '40 Award, and the William Hayes Sawyer, Jr. '13 Award. To be given annually to the senior man and the senior woman, respectively, who have rendered the greatest measure of service to the Outing Club and its activities. From the income of a fund given in memory of 2nd Lt. Harold Norris Goodspeed, Jr., by his fellow employees of the A.C. Lawrence Leather Company, Peabody, Massachusetts. Dr. Sawyer was professor of biology at Bates from 1913 to 1962 and faculty advisor of the Outing Club for twenty-five years.

Maung Maung Gyi Award for Excellence in Political Science. Awarded annually by the political science faculty to a senior major who has shown excellence in his or her studies, with preference given for study in comparative politics. The award is given from a fund endowed by Professor Gyi, member of the Faculty from 1967 to 1988.

Paul Millard Hardy Prize. Awarded each year to a senior who will be entering a graduate program in medicine, mathematics, or one of the natural sciences, and who through high achievement in the humanities has demonstrated an awareness of their importance to the study of medicine, mathematics, or the natural sciences. The award shall be by selection of the Faculty. The award is given by Paul Millard Hardy, a member of the Class of 1967 and a former member of the Board of Overseers of the College.

William H. Hartshorn English Literature Prize. To be given annually to the member of the senior class who shall have attained the highest average rank in English literature during his or her junior and senior years. From the income of a fund established by Mrs. Minnie Blake Hartshorn in memory of her husband, William Henry Hartshorn, 1886, for thirty-seven years a member of the Faculty.

Dale Hatch Award. Awarded annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service for four years in the Robinson Players. Created in 1964 in memory of Dale Hatch, Class of 1966.

Oren Nelson Hilton Prizes. To the man or woman adjudged best in extemporaneous speaking. From income of a fund established by Oren Nelson Hilton, 1871.

Louis Jordan, Jr. '49 Award. Awarded to the graduating geology major whose senior thesis is judged most outstanding by the Chair of the Department of Geology.

The Libby Prizes in Public Speech and Debate. Prizes awarded from the fund established in the will of Almon Cyrus Libby, 1873, to provide prizes for excellence in public speaking and debate: The Charles Sumner Libby, 1876, Prizes, to those two members of the Quimby Debate Council who have contributed to the debate program at Bates through outstanding service to the Council; the Almon Cyrus Libby Prize, to the best debater in his or her first year of competition.

Milton L. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Awards. Awarded annually to the senior male and female athletes with the highest academic averages. Established by the College Club in honor of Milton L. Lindholm '35, dean of admissions for thirty-two years.

Benjamin E. Mays '20 Award. Awarded to the senior who most exemplifies the values of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays '20, in academic excellence, service to others, and moral leadership. This prize was endowed with a gift from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois Professor of Humanities, Professor of English, and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Harvard University.

The Marshall Undergraduate Scholarship, established by the George C. Marshall Foundation, enables a Bates student to conduct research in twentieth-century diplomatic or military history, foreign policy, or international economics at the Marshall Library in Lexington, Virginia.

Ernest P. Muller Prize in History. For the graduating history major whose senior thesis is judged most outstanding by vote of the history faculty. The prize is established by history faculty and students in recognition of Professor Muller's thirty-eight years of teaching and service to the Department and the College.

Henry W. and Raymond S. Oakes Fellowship. Awarded to the best-qualified senior who at graduation intends to continue his or her education in the study of law. In addition to demonstrating superior scholarship and an aptitude for success at law school, the recipient should be accomplished in public speaking and/or communication skills. Established by Raymond Sylvester Oakes '09, in memory of his father, Henry Walter Oakes, of the Class of 1877, a member of the Board of Overseers for thirty-four years.

Irving Cushing Phillips Award. Awarded to the student who has made the most progress in debate or public speaking. From income of a fund established by Eva Phillips Lillibridge '04, in memory of her father, Irving Cushing Phillips, 1876.

Robert Plumb Memorial Award. Given by the Class of 1968 in memory of classmate Robert W. Plumb. To be awarded to a member of the sophomore class for achievement in the fields of athletics and academics, participation in Bates activities, and general Bates spirit.

The Ruggles Scholars Program. Awarded annually to a junior to recognize and encourage outstanding undergraduate achievement in curricular work broadly defined, or in a program or activity relevant to education in the liberal arts and sciences. Established by Robert T. and Francine Paré Ruggles, parents of Anne Ruggles Pariser, M.D. '83.

Senseney Memorial Award. To the student who has shown outstanding creative ability and promise in writing and/or the dramatic arts. Created by the friends of William Stewart Senseney '49, a member of the Robinson Players.

Abigail Smith Award. In honor of Mrs. Abigail Smith, dormitory director 1953-1957, to the senior man and the senior woman, not residence coordinators, who have done the most to contribute constructively to dormitory spirit.

Albion Morse Stevens Awards. To the man and the woman in the first-year class who have done the best work in a foreign language. From the income of a fund established in memory of Albion Morse Stevens by his son, William Bertrand Stevens '06, Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles, 1920-1947.

Garold W. Thumm Prize in Political Science. To be awarded to that graduating political-science major whose senior thesis is judged to be the most outstanding in empirical political science by vote of the faculty of the Department. The thesis should make use of evidence and the scientific method in a way reflective of Professor Thumm's abiding interest in the study of political science as an empirical discipline. Created by Edward Wollenberg '85 in recognition of Professor Thumm's twenty-six years of teaching and service to the Department and the College.

Clair E. Turner Awards. Awards to three students who have shown in the preceding year the greatest forensic ability and integrity in public debate. From income of a fund established by Clair E. Turner '12, Sc.D. '37.

Percy D. Wilkins Mathematics Award. In honor of Professor Wilkins, a member of the Bates Faculty from 1927 to 1968. Awarded to the senior majoring in mathematics who achieves the highest quality-point ratio in his or her undergraduate work in mathematics.

Willis Awards. Two awards for excellence in reading from the Bible. Established by Dr. Ellen A. Williamson of Los Angeles, California, in memory of her father, the Reverend West Gould Willis, Cobb Divinity School, 1871.

Alfred J. Wright Foreign Language Award. Given annually to one or more seniors who have completed outstanding theses in a foreign language. The seniors are chosen by a committee of foreign language faculty. From the income of a fund established by Alfred J. Wright, professor of French, 1956-1984.

Gilbert-Townsend Graduate Fellowship. For a senior of outstanding ability who plans to do graduate work in French language or literature or in other modern languages or literatures. From a fund endowed by the estate of Arthur Forester Gilbert, of the Class of 1885, and his wife, Blanche Townsend Gilbert '25, a professor of French between 1924 and 1939.

Rodney F. Johonnot Graduate Fellowship. To be awarded each year at Commencement to the senior of that year selected by the Faculty as the student most deserving of aid in the further prosecution of his or her studies in professional or postgraduate work in any college or university during the year next ensuing. Established by Rose Abbott Johonnot in memory of her husband, Rodney Fuller Johonnot, of the Class of 1879.

The R.A.F. McDonald Graduate Fellowship. For a worthy senior to be used toward graduate study in the field of education. Given by Mabel C. McDonald in memory of her husband, Robert A.F. McDonald, a member of the Faculty from 1915 to 1948.

Harriet M. and Fred E. Pomeroy Graduate Fellowship. For recent Bates graduates who majored in biology (or an interdisciplinary program including biology) who plan to enter a Ph.D. or combined Ph.D. and professional program in the biological sciences. Pomeroy scholars are asked to deliver the Pomeroy Lecture at Bates College. Funded through a trust created by Fred E. Pomeroy, Class of 1899, professor of biology at Bates College, 1899-1947.

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