The Office of Financial aid determines a student’s eligibility for both Federal and Institutional Financial Aid.

Grants and Scholarships

Brown University awards institutional financial aid based solely on a family’s demonstrated financial need.   No financial aid is awarded based on academic achievement, athletic ability or any other form of merit.

The FAFSA application determines a student’s eligibility for federal and state grants.   (US citizen or Permanent Residents only).

Scholarship assistance students may receive from outside sources are an excellent way to reduce a student’s work expectation and/or borrow student loans at Brown.

Student Loans:

A student’s financial aid award Brown may include a student loan component.  US Citizens/Permanent Residents may have a federal Direct Subsidized and/or Perkins loans in their award, while aided International students may be awarded a University Loan.  

In most cases, the amount of loan offered in a financial aid award (if any) is not the maximum amount available to a student.  Regardless of whether or not a student was offered a loan in his/her initial financial aid award, s/he may need or wish to consider additional funding to help cover other components of their individual cost of attendance (additional travel expenses, health insurance, etc.) or to cover an amount the student was unable to earn from summer or term-time work.  The OFA can provide more information on individual loan borrowing options.  In addition, utilizing a repayment estimator to view monthly estimates upon repayment is a useful tool.

Parent/Private Loan and Financing Options:

If a student’s federal loan eligibility has been exhausted, there are several financing and private loan options available to help manage the expected family contribution. For more information on these programs please visit the Educational Financing section of our website.

Federal or Campus Work-Study

Brown awards a work component to eligible students as part of their financial aid package. Visit here for more details.