Fall 2020 FAQ

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Student Account Statement Frequently Asked Questions

Updates August 11, 2020 

In light of the evolving public health situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown has determined it best to take a
phased approach to the start of in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester. Brown will prorate room and board charges for students who do not return to campus. In addition, one way that the University will continue to support students during this difficult time is to waive a number of fees for the fall term. 

 

Q:  How will the phased approach impact the fees charged for room and board?

A:  Based on the phased approach to the start of in-person instruction for Fall 2020, and a new move-in date to residence halls beginning September 21, student accounts will be prorated for room and meal charges accordingly for students who move in during the new move-in period.* 

  

New Prorated Fall 2020 Housing & Meal Rates:

On Campus Regular/Suites and Dorm Apartments = $3,910

 

Meal Plans:

20 Meal Plan = $2,447

14 Meal Plan = $2,304

7 Meal Plan = $1,894

Kosher Meal Plan = $2,447

 

*Students approved to arrive on campus prior to September 21, 2020, will be charged the original approved Fall 2020 housing and meal plan rates.

 

Q: If I receive permission to return to campus to live in a residence hall before Labor Day, how will room and board charges be impacted?

A:  Students approved to arrive on campus prior to September 21 will be charged the original approved Fall 2020 housing and meal plan rates. Adjustments will be made to the student account as approvals are made and systems are updated with the student status.

 

Q:  Will any other changes be made to tuition and fees for the fall 2020 semester?

A: The University has decided that one way to support students during the unique circumstances of the pandemic is to waive a number of fees for the fall. For students who are remote and not living in the Providence area, fees for the fall term will decline by more than $600. Brown will also permanently stop charging fees for readmission from leave and late pre-registration. The waived and eliminated fees are as follows:

 
Recreation Fee*:  Due to the uncertainty of the opening of Nelson Fitness Center and the availability to students of recreation activity, the recreation fee will be waived for all students for the fall 2020 semester.  

 

Activity Fee*:  An activity fee is charged to all students to support the activities of student organizations.  These funds are allocated to the Undergraduate Finance Board, Graduate Student Council, and Medical Student Senate respectively. Based on unspent funds due to moving to remote learning last spring (because of restrictions on spending for travel, food and gathering size), the undergraduate activity fee will be waived for the fall 2020 semester.

 

*Note: Adjustments to the recreation and activity fees will change the financial aid cost of attendance for the fall 2020 semester, and may change your financial aid eligibility. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected] with any questions.

 

Non-Resident Fee:  Students studying remotely (outside of the Providence area) will not be charged the non-resident fee for the fall 2020 semester. Students approved to live off campus in the Providence area and commuters with a permanent address within 30 miles of Providence will continue to be charged the non-resident fee for the support of resources and services provided through the Division of Campus Life.  

 

In addition to the fees outlined above, the University has accepted the recommendation of the Steering Committee on Financial Needs to waive in Fiscal Year 2021 and eliminate in Fiscal Year 2022 the following fees as listed in the University Bulletin: (1) the $70 readmission fee for students returning from leave, and (2) the $15 late registration fee for students who do not register for courses during preregistration. Note that there will continue to be a $15 late course add fee for students who register for a course after the second week of the semester.

 

Q:  Will my financial aid change based on any adjustments to my direct charges?

A:  Adjustments to the recreation and activity fees will change the financial aid cost of attendance for the fall 2020 semester, and may change your financial aid eligibility. Questions regarding any affect on your financial aid award should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected].

 

Q:  Will I receive an updated student account statement for the fall 2020 semester if adjustments are made to my student account?

A:  Students will not receive a new student account statement for the fall semester.  Real time student account information can be viewed at payment.brown.edu.

 

Q:  I have already paid my student account in full, will I receive a refund?

A:  Students who have paid in full prior to adjustments may request a refund by following the student account refund procedures.  Credit balances as a result of financial aid and loans are not processed until the beginning of the semester.

  

Q:  I am enrolled in the Installment Payment Plan for the fall semester, how will this be impacted?

A:  Any adjustments to charges/credits, disbursement of financial aid, or payments made to the student account will adjust the remaining installments of the Installment Payment Plan equally.  For more details on the Installment Payment Plan, visit https://www.brown.edu/about/administration/bursar/installment-payment-plan.

 

Q:  What will happen with my student account if Brown decides before the new student move-in period begins the week of September 21 that, because health conditions around the pandemic have not improved, the remainder of the fall 2020 semester will be fully remote?

A:  Students who do not move into their residence halls will receive full credit for any room and board fees charged for the fall semester. Students who have received approval to live on campus will be charged appropriately for room and meals. 

 

Other FAQs



Q: Is there a difference in tuition rates depending on if I choose to study in-person or remotely?

A:  All students will be charged the tuition rates approved by the Corporation of Brown University. Tuition and fee rates are published on the Student Financial Services / Bursar website. Students studying remotely will be charged the same tuition rate.  We are committed to continuing to deliver a world-class education to our students, allowing them to earn academic credit toward completion of their degrees, whether we are together on campus or in a remote setting.

Q:  What fees will I be charged as a student studying remotely?

A:  All undergraduate students enrolled full-time and studying remotely are charged the health services fee. All full-time enrolled students are also charged a health insurance fee for enrollment in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). For plan details and SHIP waiver process, please visit the University Insurance Office website

An Academics Records Fee of $100 is also charged to all first-time attendees in degree programs.


Q:  Why am I charged the fees when studying remotely?

A:  Students studying remotely will be charged the health services fee.  The health services fee is charged to all degree candidates to cover the costs of providing care and access to all resources at Brown Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Health Promotion, regardless of location of study. For more details on the health fee benefits, visit the Brown Health Services website.

Q:  What fees are charged for a location of study of “off-campus” in the Providence area or as a “commuter”permanent address within 30 miles of Providence?

A:  Students with a location of study as off campus and commuters will be charged the health services fee and the non-resident/commuter fee.  Given the unique circumstances of the pandemic, Brown has waived other fees for Fall 2020. The health services fee is charged to all degree candidates to cover the costs of providing care and access to all resources at Brown Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Health Promotion, regardless of location of study. For more details on the health fee benefits, visit the Brown Health Services website.

The non-resident/commuter fee is charged to students living off campus and students who elect to study remotely for the support of resources and services provided through the Division of Campus Life.  The Non-Resident Fee is calculated each year to be the amount of the Housing Fee that goes to support the same resources. 


Q:  If I withdraw from the fall semester, will I receive credit for my tuition and fees?

A:  Students who withdraw within the first five weeks of term are eligible for a tuition credit based on the University Tuition Leave Refund Policy. All fees are non-refundable.

Q:  If I withdraw from the fall 2020 semester, will I receive credit for my room and board (meal plan)?

A:  Upon withdrawal, students may be eligible for a partial room and/or board credit. Prorated room credits for students who need to withdraw from a term of occupancy once it has begun will be made in accordance with the housing agreement. The date used to calculate the prorated credit will be the earliest date on which a) the student has fully vacated their room, including removal of their person and all belongings; and b) the student has returned their room key to the Office of Residence Life.  

A student may receive a credit for board/meal plan by dining services as appropriate.  

A student suspended or expelled from the University or withdrawing when under investigation for academic or disciplinary misconduct is not entitled to any credit of room and board charges in the current semester.  

 

Q: If the University requires students to move out, will I receive a credit for my room and board?

A:  If the University requires students to move out of the residence halls before the housing agreement ends, students will receive a credit on their student accounts for the unused portion of the room and board fees based on when they move out, and adjusted for the percentage of parent contribution to the cost of attendance.



Q: How will my outside scholarship (third-party funding from outside source) be applied in 2020/21?  What if the check is sent to me directly?

All outside scholarships/third-party funding will be applied to the student account based on each student’s semesters of enrollment. If Brown has already received funding, and you are not enrolled in the fall semester, funds will be applied to the spring/summer semesters, according to the scholarship/third-party terms.

All outside scholarship/third-party payments should be made payable to Brown University and mailed to Brown University, Cashier Office, Campus Box 1911, Providence, RI, 02912. Please be sure that the student’s Banner ID is indicated on the check.  



Q:  What is the tuition protection plan?

A: The tuition protection plan is a tuition insurance plan available to all Brown University students on an optional basis. This is a private insurance program managed by GradGuard that supplements the University’s refund policy. The plan provides a refund for tuition, fees, and room/board charges up to the purchased policy limit if a student is unable to complete a semester due to a covered medical reason. For more information and to enroll, visit www.gradguard.com/brown or call 1.866.724.4384.



Q: If I need to withdraw due to COVID-19, will the tuition protection plan provided by GradGuard cover my charges?

A:  The tuition protection plan is not provided directly by the University.  We advise that all questions regarding the coverage, application, and scope of the plan are directed to GradGuard at 1.866.724.4384 or by visiting the GradGuard website.

 

last updated August 12, 2020