U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

All first year applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States will be admitted to Brown on a need-blind basisIn addition, the University will meet 100% of their demonstrated financial need. This policy will be in effect for those students who are admitted under Early Decision, Regular Decision or from the waiting list. While admission decisions will be made without regard to ability to pay, students are required to submit financial aid application materials by all published deadlines to be considered for scholarship assistance. As has always been the case, each applicant will be considered on an individual basis and the review will take into account any special circumstances.

Q. If I apply for financial aid at the time I apply for admission, but do not qualify for financial aid, am I eligible to apply for financial aid in future years?

A. Yes. On time applications will be evaluated each year for financial need and scholarship consideration. If you do not have financial need in your first year, but demonstrate financial need in future years, you will be awarded financial aid in future years as long as your application is received on time.

Q. Can I apply for financial aid in future years, if I do not apply for financial aid on time through the admission process my first year?

A. Yes. However, you must submit an on time application for any given year prior to being considered for scholarship assistance for that year. Therefore, if you fail to apply on time during the admission process, you will not be considered for scholarship assistance for your freshman year. Students in this situation can apply for federal loans, federal grants and work-study by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you submit an on time application for your Sophomore or a later year, you will be considered for scholarship assistance. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all published deadlines.

Q. Will I be considered for scholarship assistance during my first-year if I failed to apply on time, but my family has experienced a sudden change in financial circumstances?

A. Yes. If you experience a significant and unexpected change in circumstances after the application deadline, you may complete the financial aid application process at any point during the academic year. If the change is considered significant and unexpected, your case will be assessed based on the information you provide to our office according to the same guidelines we would use for an on time application. For example, we would consider a parent's loss of job, an involuntary decrease in parent income of 20% or more, or the death of a parent a significant and unexpected change in circumstances. We suggest that all families who believe they may have experienced a qualifying change in circumstances contact our office and speak with a counselor.

Neither voluntary cessation of employment like a sabbatical, failure to receive an expected raise or bonus, nor a change in the number of children in college will be considered. Also, a decrease in the value of your assets, such as stocks or mutual funds, is not considered an unexpected change. Students in such situations can apply for federal loans, federal grants and federal work-study by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In subsequent years, such students can be considered for scholarship assistance with an on time financial aid application.

 

International Students

We will continue to consider foreign applicants on a need-aware basis, that is, Brown will take into account their financial need in making admission decisions. However, for those foreign applicants that we do admit, we will continue to meet 100% of their demonstrated financial need.

Foreign citizens who do not receive financial aid at the time of admission will not be considered for aid at a later date. Foreign citizens must apply for financial aid at the time of application for admission and meet all required financial aid deadlines, if they have reason to believe they will need assistance at any point during their time at Brown.

Q. If I applied on time for, but did not receive, scholarship assistance at the time of admission, can I be considered for scholarship assistance in future years?

A. No. If you do not receive scholarship assistance upon admission to the University, you will not be considered for scholarship assistance in future years.

Q. Will I be considered for scholarship assistance during my first or subsequent years if I failed to apply on time, but my family has experienced a sudden change in financial circumstances?

A. No. If you do not receive scholarship assistance upon admission to the University, you will not be considered for scholarship assistance even upon a change in your family's financial circumstances.

Q. If I applied on time for, but did not receive, scholarship assistance, can I be considered for scholarship assistance upon a sudden change in financial circumstances?

A. No. For students who did not receive scholarship assistance at the time of admission, we will not consider a change in circumstances. You must apply for and receive a scholarship award at the time of admission in order to receive scholarship assistance upon a change in circumstances.

Q. What happens if I lose the funding from my sponsor?

A. Brown will not award scholarship assistance or loan funding to replace lost sponsorship dollars. If you have a sponsor and are uncertain of the sponsor's commitment, be sure to apply for financial aid at the time of admission.

Q. If I enter Brown University as a foreign student without scholarship assistance and become a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident in a later year, can I be considered for scholarship assistance at that point?

A. Yes, if you become a U.S Citizen or permanent resident while enrolled as an undergraduate, you may apply for both federal and university aid. However, you must submit an on time application for any given academic year prior to being considered for scholarship assistance for that year. Therefore, if you fail to apply for aid on time during the admission process, you will not be considered for scholarship assistance for your freshman year. Students in this situation can apply for federal loans, federal grants and work-study by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you submit an on time application for your sophomore or a later year, you will be considered for scholarship assistance. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all published deadlines.


Undocumented Students

Q. What is Brown’s financial aid policy regarding undocumented students?

Undocumented students interested in receiving need-based financial aid from Brown must indicate their interest in financial aid as part of their admission's application.  If an undocumented student is admitted to Brown and is determined to have financial aid need, then Brown will award the student with Brown financial aid funds to meet their need.  These funds could include University need-based scholarship, campus employment  and if appropriate, a University loan.

If an undocumented student does not indicate on his/her admission's application that he/she is interested in receiving need-based aid from Brown and is admitted, he/she will not be able to receive need-based financial aid for any of their time at Brown.

If  an undocumented student is admitted without financial aid, but becomes a US citizen or permanent resident while at Brown, he/she will be able to apply for, and if eligible, received need-based financial aid.