Transfer students are admitted to Brown under a need-aware admission policy, meaning an applicant's ability to pay is factored into the admission decision. To be considered for financial assistance at any time during their undergraduate years at Brown, a transfer student must apply for financial aid when they initially apply for admission. Students who do not complete an application 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.  For more information, please visit: Financial Aid Policy for Transfer Students.

Applying for both Federal and Brown University Institutional Financial Aid is a two step process:

Step 1 - Requirement(s) due by February 2, 2016

CSS/PROFILE Application

The CSS/PROFILE, along with information on your FAFSA (see below), will help us determine your eligibility for Brown’s institutional financial aid.  

  • Complete the 2016-2017 CSS/PROFILE  at
    • If your biological parents are separated, divorced, or never married, use information from your custodial parent.
  • Brown University’s CSS code is 3189.
  • Provide details in the CSS/PROFILE of any special circumstances or unusual expenses your family may have.

Noncustodial Parent's PROFILE

If your parents are divorced, separated or never married, a noncustodial PROFILE is also required. After you complete the PROFILE registration process, the College Board will email you instructions and information to provide to your noncustodial parent.  If you do not have contact with your noncustodial parent, please refer to the Noncustodial Parent Waiver petition or our  frequently asked questions regarding noncustodial parents.


Step 2 - Requirement due by March 15, 2016

2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

A FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for all federal financial aid, including low-interest federal loans and federal and state grants.  

  • Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA online (not available until January 1st).
  • Brown University’s FAFSA code is  003401.
  • Utilize the IRS Retrieval Tool by clicking on “Link to the IRS”.
  • If your final tax information will not be complete by our deadline or your state scholarship deadline, complete the FAFSA using the best estimated figures available.
Upon email request only:

College Board's Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC)

Brown does not require an IDOC packet from every family- only upon request.  Once you have filed your CSS?PROFILE, you may receive an email communication from the College Board providing you with instructions on how to submit any additional requirements through IDOC.   If you do not receive a request from IDOC, the Office of Financial Aid has enough information to provide an estimated financial aid award at the time of admission.  

Possible additional requirements through IDOC may include:

  • 2015 federal income tax return for custodial parent(s) (or non- tax filer statement) 
  • 2015 federal income tax return for student (or non-tax filer statement) 
  • 2015 federal income tax return for noncustodial parent, if applicable (or non-tax filer statement)
  • 2015 federal income tax return for partnerships and/or corporations, if applicable

Please review IDOC Questions and Answers for further details.