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[ Costs and Financial 

Charges and Payments

Tuition, room, and board charges for all students residing at the College are included in one comprehensive fee. Upon reasonable notice, these charges are subject to adjustment in accordance with the changing costs of operation. The comprehensive fee does not include textbooks, supplies, or such personal items as clothing, travel, amusement, and vacation expenses.

Annual Charge for 1999-2000

Comprehensive Fee: $31,400

Calendar of Payments

Upon Acceptance (new students)                 $300
August 1 Comprehensive Fee, First Billing      $15,700
December 1 Comprehensive Fee, Second Billing   $15,700

New students' acceptance of the College's offer of admission is effective upon payment of the registration deposit of $300 and will be held until graduation or withdrawal from the College.

Campus residence is required of all students not living with their families, except when special permission to reside elsewhere is granted by 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 accounts receivable manager 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.

The College requires that all students be covered by adequate insurance in case of serious emergencies. A $1,000 group accident and sickness insurance policy for the academic year, including interim vacations, is included in the comprehensive fee cited above. Detailed information is available at the Health Center (see p. 38).

Students who leave Bates during the course of a semester are required to apply in writing and complete a leave of absence form or a withdrawal form through the Office of the Dean of Students. Refunds are issued upon request to the Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services after a leave or withdrawal has been granted. Students withdrawing on or before the fiftieth day of a full semester receive a prorated refund of the annual charge, as follows: on or before the first day of classes, 100 percent; 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. In accordance with federal regulations, the first day of the leave or withdrawal is the date indicated by the student on the leave of absence or withdrawal form. If no date is stipulated by the student, the first day of the leave or withdrawal is defined as the last day the student attended any class.

As a participant in Federal Student Financial Aid programs, the College is required by federal regulation to have a fair and equitable refund policy. The Higher Education Amendments of 1992 define a "fair and equitable refund policy" as one that provides for a refund of at least the largest amount according to 1) applicable state law, 2) specific refund requirements established by the institution's accrediting agency, or 3) the pro rata refund calculation defined by the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 (if the student is attending the institution for the first time, and withdraws on or before the 60 percent point of the period of enrollment for which the student has been charged). If none of these three options applies to a particular student, the institution must calculate a refund according to the Federal Refund Policy and compare it with the refund amount under its own institutional refund policy, and issue the larger of the two refunds.

Bates is required to calculate a statutory pro rata refund for financial aid recipients who are first-time students and who withdraw on or before the 60- percent point of the enrollment period for which they were charged. If a student is a continuing student who withdraws, or a first-time student who withdraws after the 60 percent point of the enrollment period for which he or she is charged, Bates calculates the student's refund amount using the applicable state and accrediting agency policies, compares the resulting refunds, and uses the calculation that provides the largest refund. If state or accrediting agency policies do not exist or are not applicable, Bates calculates a Federal Refund Policy refund, compares it with the refund calculated under the College's institutional policy, and issues the larger of the two refunds. 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 made with the Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services before the opening of classes each semester.

Other Charges When Applicable

Off-Campus Study Registration Fee, fall or winter semester   $470
Off-Campus Study Registration Fee, full year                 $625
Books, supplies (average annual cost)                        $800
Key deposit (refundable upon surrender of keys)              $20
Special students (nondegree candidates)                      $800 per course
Auditing (nonmatriculating students)                         $100 per course

A few courses require extra fees to cover such items as applied music instructional costs, studio materials, or laboratory supplies. Courses with extra fees are indicated in individual course descriptions in the Catalog; the specific amount of the fee, if available, is also indicated in the course description.

Some Short Term units involve extensive travel off campus, either elsewhere in the United States or abroad. Additional charges are assessed for these Short Term units, to cover partially the special cost of transportation, additional facilities, and different accommodations required by such programs. Extra fees vary with the cost of operating particular programs. The extra fees charged for off-campus Short Term units are specified in the Short Term "Schedule of Units," available at the end of the fall semester. Financial aid is available to qualified students to cover off-campus Short Term unit costs.

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 satisfactory academic progress by a student toward the bachelor's degree.

  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 pages 21-24).

  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 comprehensive fee. 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 40 percent of Bates students receive assistance from these sources in varying amounts, depending on need. Once grant eligibility is determined by the director of financial aid, students are automatically considered for all special College grants or scholarships for which they may be eligible. Some of these scholarships include, but are not limited to, the following:

Lillian and Wallace W. Fairbanks '24 Scholarship. 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 Scholarship. 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 Scholarship. 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 Scholarship. 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 Scholarship. 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 Loan and the Federal Stafford Loan programs. Interested students may secure information about these programs from secondary-school guidance offices or from the Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services.

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 Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services.

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 and off campus 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 lifeguarding at the campus pool and caring for the plants in the biology department greenhouse to tutoring a local high-school student in algebra. 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.

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. 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, Hughes Student Travel Grants, and support for student research in science during the academic year.

Marshall Undergraduate Scholarship. Established by the George C. Marshall Foundation, the Marshall Undergraduate Scholarship 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.

Natt Family Fund in Biology. Established by Robert L. Natt and Helen Natt in honor of their daughter Beth C. Natt '98, the Natt Family Fund supports student research in the Department of Biology by providing funds for equipment and supplies, off-campus travel, and living expenses for student researchers.

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 an 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.

Phillips Student Fellowships. Funded through an endowment established by the fourth president of the College, Charles F. Phillips, and his wife, Evelyn M. Phillips, the fellowships offer exceptional students the opportunity to conduct a major research, service-learning, or career discovery project in an international or cross-cultural setting.

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.

Scher Fellowship Program. Established by Dr. Howard I. Scher '72 and Deborah Lafer Scher, the Scher Fellowship supports a student interested in a career in medical science, who studies and conducts research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Sigety Family Fund for Computer Science. Established by C. Birge Sigety '75 in honor of his family, the Sigety Family Fund supports activities and purchases dedicated to students' computer science needs.

Stangle Family Fund for Student/Faculty Research in Economics and Law. Established by Bruce E. Stangle '70, a Trustee of the College, 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 that deals with issues of economics or the law.

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.

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. The prize is 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 and is 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, the fund providing the award was 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. The award is presented annually to senior men or women 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. The award is given to a 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. It comes 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, its funding was 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, and by their children, Stella D. Lydon, Thomas B. Dunham, Mary Ann Dunham, and William H. Dunham Jr. '63, and by their grandchildren.

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, the Garderwine Award is restricted to topics addressing nineteenth-century U.S. history, with preference for treatments of the Civil War, including its origins and aftermath. It was given by Forrest K. Garderwine of Terre Haute, Indiana.

Harold Norris Goodspeed Jr. '40 Award and the William Hayes Sawyer Jr. '13 Award. These awards are given annually to the senior man and the senior woman who have rendered the greatest measure of service to the Outing Club and its activities. They are derived from the income of funds given in memory of 2nd Lt. Harold Norris Goodspeed Jr. by his fellow employees of the A.C. Lawrence Leather Company, Peabody, Massachusetts, and of Dr. William Hayes Sawyer, 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. Presented 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. Each year the Faculty selects a senior who will be entering a graduate program in medicine, mathematics, or one of the natural sciences to receive the prize. Through high achievement in the humanities, that senior must have demonstrated an awareness of their importance to the study of medicine, mathematics, or the natural sciences. The prize 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. The prize is given annually to the member of the senior class who attained the highest average rank in English literature during his or her junior and senior years. It derives from the income of a fund established by Mrs. Minnie Blake Hartshorn in memory of her husband, William Henry Hartshorn, Class of 1886, for thirty-seven years a member of the Faculty.

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

Oren Nelson Hilton Prize. This prize is given to the man or woman adjudged best in extemporaneous speaking, and it derives from income of a fund established by Oren Nelson Hilton, Class of 1871.

Louis Jordan Jr. '49 Award. This award is given 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. The prizes are awarded from the fund established in the will of Almon Cyrus Libby, Class of 1873, to provide prizes for excellence in public speaking and debate. They are the Charles Sumner Libby 1876 Prizes, given to those two members of the Quimby Debate Council who have most contributed to the debate program at Bates through outstanding service to the council, and the Almon Cyrus Libby Prize, to the best debater in his or her first year of competition.

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

Benjamin E. Mays '20 Award. This award is given 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., a former Trustee of the College, and W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University.

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

Henry W. and Raymond S. Oakes Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to the best-qualified senior who intends to study law and demonstrates superior scholarship, aptitude for success at law school, and accomplishment in public speaking and/or communication skills. The fellowship was established by Raymond Sylvester Oakes '09, in memory of his father, Henry Walter Oakes, Class of 1877, a member of the Board of Overseers for thirty-four years.

Irving Cushing Phillips Award. The award is presented to the student who has made the most progress in debate or public speaking and derives from income of a fund established by Eva Phillips Lillibridge '04, in memory of her father, Irving Cushing Phillips, Class of 1876.

Robert Plumb Memorial Award. Given by the Class of 1968 in memory of classmate Robert W. Plumb, the award is presented 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, the program was established by Robert T. and Francine Paré Ruggles, parents of Anne Ruggles Pariser, M.D. '83.

Senseney Memorial Award. The award is presented to the student who has shown outstanding creative ability and promise in writing and/or the dramatic arts and was 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 to 1957, the award is presented to the senior man and the senior woman, not residence coordinators, who have done the most to contribute constructively to dormitory spirit.

The Stangle Family Awards in Economics. Established by Bruce E. Stangle '70, a Trustee of the College, and Emily J. Stangle '72, the Stangle Family Awards in Economics honor the junior economics major with the highest grade-point average at the end of the junior year, and senior economics major whose thesis is judged most outstanding by vote of the faculty in the Department of Economics.

Albion Morse Stevens Award. The awards are given 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 to 1947.

Garold W. Thumm Prize in Political Science. The prize is 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 of Political Science. 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. The prize was 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 Award. Awards are presented to three students who have shown in the preceding year the greatest forensic ability and integrity in public debate. Income derives from a fund established by Clair E. Turner '12, Sc.D. '37.

Percy D. Wilkins Mathematics Award. Established in honor of Professor Wilkins, a member of the Bates Faculty from 1927 to 1968, the award is given 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 were 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. The award is given annually to one or more seniors who have completed outstanding theses in a foreign language and who are chosen by a committee of foreign language faculty. The award derives from the income of a fund established by Alfred J. Wright, professor of French, 1956 to 1984.

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

Rodney F. Johonnot Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded each year at Commencement to the senior selected by the Faculty as most deserving of aid in furthering his or her studies in professional or postgraduate work in any college or university during the next academic year. It was established by Rose Abbott Johonnot in memory of her husband, Rodney Fuller Johonnot, Class of 1879.

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

Harriet M. and Fred E. Pomeroy Graduate Fellowship. Designated 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, the fellowship is funded through a trust created by Fred E. Pomeroy, Class of 1899, professor of biology at Bates College, 1899 to 1947. Pomeroy scholars are asked to deliver the Pomeroy Lecture at Bates College.

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