It was relatively easy applying for and receiving financial aid.
Bowdoin is need-blind and they meet 100% of demonstrated need, which is great. I've never had an issue until the last semester, but that wasn't on them and mostly on my family, and they helped me out still. As far as other things, they support students throughout their time apart from tuition, like various funds for needy students on books, travel, clothing (it's super cold!), and other things, and that is something that many schools leave up to their students to figure out.
be as much specific as possible then the school will try their best to help you.