Spring 2021 FAQ

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Student Account Statement Frequently Asked Questions

(updated 11.13.2020)

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 in-person and 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?  Will any changes be made to fees for the spring 2021 semester?
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.

As the University continues to support students during the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as it did for the fall semester, the University will waive the Recreation Fee and Undergraduate Activity Fee for the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 terms. Please note that these adjustments are temporary.


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 Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semester, and may change your financial aid eligibility. Questions regarding any effect on your financial aid award should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected].


Q:  Why am I charged the health service fee 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 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” with a 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. The health services fee is charged to all degree candidates to cover the costs of providing care and access to 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 spring 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 spring 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 a Dining Services board/meal plan 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?
A: All outside scholarships/third-party funding will be applied to the student account based on each student’s semesters of enrollment. 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. 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. This is a private insurance program managed by GradGuard that supplements the University’s refund policy. 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 by calling 1.866.724.4384 or by visiting the GradGuard website.