Undergraduate Admission

Financial Aid Information for Applicants

Financial aid is one of Brown’s highest priorities and Brown meets 100% of each student's demonstrated financial need.

Financial Aid Filing Deadlines

Early Decision Applicants Regular Decision Applicants
CSS Profile   November 1, 2023 CSS Profile   February 1, 2024
FAFSA           March 1, 2024* FAFSA           March 1, 2024*

 * Tentative Date - For more information, see this year's FAFSA Simplification update.

Need-blind Admission

Need-blind admission simply means that applicants' ability to pay for their education will not be a determining factor in the admission decision. Brown actively strives to create a socioeconomically diverse applicant pool and undergraduate student body.

All first-year applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be admitted to Brown on a need-blind basis. First-year, first-time undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students will be considered under the University's need-blind admission policy. In addition, the University will meet 100% of their demonstrated financial need. Brown will continue to consider transfer and international students' financial need when making admission decisions.

The Brown Promise

Brown does not package loans in its financial aid awards. Through an initiative called The Brown Promise, the University has replaced all packaged loans in all financial aid packages for Brown undergraduates. Instead, our financial aid packages are based on scholarships that do not have to be repaid. We are committed to ensuring that talented students from all income levels from around the world are able to join the Brown community.

Start with these next steps

  1. Apply for admission to Brown
    Applying for admission is your first step. If you indicate you are applying for financial aid and complete the following steps by their corresponding deadlines, we will include details on your financial aid award with your admission decision.
  2. Submit the FAFSA
    Completing and submitting the government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows us to determine your financial need and makes you eligible for federal aid, an important part of your aid package. The FAFSA is intended for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Find it online at fafsa.ed.gov.

  3. Submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile
    The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile is another tool we use to determine financial need. You can also include information about your family’s special financial circumstances. Find the CSS Profile at cssprofile.collegeboard.org.

  4. Submit additional materials
    After you submit your CSS Profile, you may be prompted to provide income tax forms or other materials to support your application for financial aid.