All applicants to the RUE program who are eligible to apply as freshmen fall under the need blind admission policy, consistent with the University policies for all freshmen applicants. RUE applicants who are classified as transfer applicants, because of prior college-level coursework, are considered for admission on a need-aware basis, consistent with the University policies for transfer applicants.  Financial aid at Brown is awarded to qualified RUE applicants based on an evaluation of financial need/eligibility as determined by federal regulations and institutional policies.  Brown does not offer financial aid based on academic achievement, athletic ability, or any other form of merit.

In order for a RUE transfer student to be considered for financial assistance at any time during their undergraduate years at Brown, they must apply for financial aid at the time they initially apply for admission as a RUE transfer applicant. RUE transfer 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 financial situation. Therefore, the importance of meeting the deadlines below for financial aid are critical. 

To receive scholarship consideration, you MUST meet this deadline.  Applications received after this date will be considered for federal assistance only.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on October 1, 2019.  The deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2020-2021 RUE Financial Aid Application is March 1, 2020.

Requirements for all  RUE Applicants are due by March 1, 2020

2020-21 RUE Financial Aid Application


  • School code 003401
  • Required for federal and state aid
  • Must be submitted by deadline noted above

If applicable:

  • 2018 federal income tax return for student and spouse (or non-tax filer statement), include W2 forms and schedules. Sign and date the return. Awards are finalized upon review of 2018 return.
  • Internationals students should submit a copy of their most recent tax returns/income statements with all relevant items translated in English.