Understanding the Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance is an estimated total cost that is calculated to help students and their families understand what they should expect to spend for the upcoming academic year. The Cost of Attendance includes the comprehensive fee that will be billed the Student Account and any out-of-pocket expenses that the student may incur, including personal expenses, books, and travel/transportation.

2022-23 Cost of Attendance

Comprehensive Fee*

Personal and Books


Estimated Cost of Attendance:



$50 – $1,300

$81,600 – $82,850


*The comprehensive fee includes tuition, room, and board. It also includes an allocation for the Student Government Association and funding for use of college health services (not including student health insurance).

**Travel/transportation costs vary depending upon the U.S. or Canadian home address.

Incoming first-year students will be billed the Colby Outdoor Orientation Trips (COOT) fee of $275.

Health Insurance

On an annual basis, Colby requires all students to certify proof of health insurance coverage. In furtherance of the College’s 100% health insurance coverage mandate, Colby has a student health insurance plan administered by Wellfleet Group and serviced by Cross Benefit Solutions, 150 Mill Street, Suite 4, Lewiston, ME 04240.  Click here to review the 22-23 student health insurance benefits summary and exclusions and limitations.This Colby Student Health Insurance plan premium will be billed to students by default if the health insurance enroll/waive online process is not completed by the prescribed deadline(s) explained below. For students who are going to be enrolled in a college-billed program for the fall semester, the mandatory health insurance enroll/waive online process must be completed annually by August 1st, or the student’s account will be billed automatically the non-refundable $2,070 premium fee for full-year coverage (2022-2023).For students who will be enrolled in a college-billed program for the spring semester only, the annual health insurance enroll/waive online process must be completed by January 1st, or the student’s account will be billed automatically the non-refundable $1,202 premium fee for spring coverage only (spring 2023).To enroll in or waive the school insurance go to the Wellfleet student website:  https://www.studentinsurance.com/Client/1481.  Students electing to waive Colby’s insurance coverage must provide proof of comparable coverage to the plan offered by Colby through Cross Insurance. Students submitting a waiver must have their current insurance information available to submit.  Details about the required coverage, benefits summary, and list of exclusions and limitations can be found online in the health insurance brochure published by Cross Insurance. Questions can also be addressed to:
Colby College Health Services
4473 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
Inquiries about filing claims can be directed to: Cross Insurance at 1-800-537-6444, or Wellfleet at 1-877-657-5030. Claim forms are available on the Cross Insurance site.

Work-Study and Student Employment

Some students receiving financial aid qualify for federal work-study, a federal program that subsidizes term-time jobs. Students interested in participating in the America Reads program MUST have a federal work-study award.

Income from a student’s work-study or employment can be used to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses that may be incurred. Students may also elect to use their work-study earnings toward any balances due on their Student Accounts.

For more information regarding student employment, visit the Student Employment General Information page.