Financial Aid Policy for Transfer Students
U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents/International Citizens/Undocumented
Transfer students are admitted to Brown under a need-aware Admission policy. Need aware means that financial need will be taken into account in making the admission decision. To be considered for financial assistance at any time during their undergraduate years at Brown, students must apply for financial aid when they initially apply for admission as a transfer applicant. Students who do not apply for financial assistance with their initial admission application will not be considered for University Scholarship at any point during their undergraduate years at Brown, regardless of any changes in their family’s financial situation.
Transfer students can be considered for any federal/state grants and loans for which they qualify, regardless of whether they applied for financial aid at the time of admission. The Office of Financial Aid will continue to assist admitted transfer students in their efforts to obtain loans and federal/state aid.
Q. As a U.S. citizen (or Permanent Resident), if I applied on time for financial assistance at the time of admission but did not receive scholarship assistance at the time of admission, can I be considered for scholarship assistance in future years?
A. Yes. As long as you applied for and received a response from our office regarding your financial need at the time of your admission, you can apply for university aid consideration in future years assuming you meet our published application deadlines.
Q. As an international transfer applicant, if I did not apply for aid at the time of admission OR I applied for aid and was not eligible for scholarship assistance at the time of admission, can I be considered for scholarship assistance in future years?
A. No. International students admitted through the transfer process will only be considered for need based assistance (both scholarship and loan) if they applied for AND received scholarship assistance at the time of admission, regardless of any changes in your family’s circumstances.
Q. If I did not apply for scholarship assistance at the time of admission, can I apply for any other types of financial aid?
A. Yes. A student who is a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By completing this application, you will be considered for federal loans, federal grants and federal work study. However, international applicants who do not apply for financial aid at the time of admission are not eligible to receive any other need-based financial aid.
All students may consider private loans. International students may need a U.S. co-signer.
Q. As an international student, 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 have an alternate means of financing in place prior to committing to enrollment at Brown.
Q. As a transfer student, if I enter University as an international student without scholarship assistance and become a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident in a later year, can I be considered for scholarship assistance in later years?
A. No. However, if you become a U.S Citizen or permanent resident in a later year, you can apply for federal loans, federal grants and work-study by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Q. What is Brown’s financial aid policy regarding undocumented students?
A. 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.