Frequently asked questions about financial aid
The best source of information about Financial Aid at Brown is our Office of Financial Aid website.
Eligibility for aid is based on financial need. As a member of the Ivy League, Brown does not offer aid based on academic achievement, athletic ability, or any other form of merit.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, the total of direct and indirect costs for new students is $82,670. Our financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that talented and ambitious students who qualify for admission can come to Brown – regardless of their economic circumstances. We are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all eligible undergraduates as determined by Brown’s Office of Financial Aid.
We do not offer need-blind admission for international applicants. International students must apply for financial aid at the time they apply for admission to the University in order to be considered for financial aid during any academic year at Brown. However, if you are an admitted international applicant who applied for financial aid, you will receive financial assistance that meets 100% of your family's demonstrated need. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for details.
Brown practices need-blind admissions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information.
The evaluation used to determine your eligibility for need based financial aid is the same, regardless of whether you apply under Early Decision or Regular Decision admission plans.
If an international applicant has reason to believe that they will need assistance at any point during their time at Brown, then they must apply for financial aid at the time of their application for admission and meet all required financial aid deadlines. If you are an international applicant (a non-U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident) who does not receive financial aid at the time of admission, you will not be considered for aid at a later date.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who did not apply for financial aid at the time of admission and have a change in circumstances can apply for aid in later years. It is important to meet published application deadlines for the year the student will be applying for aid. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for details.