Cost of Attendance represents a combination of direct charges and estimated indirect expenses.

Direct or billed costs are charges that are billed directly to your student account (bill) each semester such as tuition, mandatory fees and room and board.  Room and board are charges for your housing and your meal plans.

Indirect estimated costs do not appear on your student account (bill) and vary based on the individual students.  These costs include books, personal expenses and possibly travel.  Students may experience different levels of indirect expenses; however, the values listed represent allowances provided for the academic year.

Books – The standard allowance of $1,642 is intended to cover the estimated cost of books and miscellaneous educational materials. This amount is included in the Cost of Attendance for most upper class students.  For students who are notified that they are a participant in the Book/Course Materials Support (BCMS) Pilot Program, all books and required course material are covered by the University and must be obtained through the Brown Bookstore. These students are provided with a “General Education Supplies” allowance of $342 for additional educationally related supplies they may need.

Personal – The standard allowance is based on estimated costs incurred for personal expenses during the academic year including clothing, laundry, toiletries, cell phone expenses, entertainment, local transportation, and other incidentals.  The allowance can serve as a planning tool to help students determine how much money to have available for the expense during the year.   

Travel allowance –An allowance for travel will be included in your Cost of Attendance based your home address.  You are responsible for all aspects of booking and paying for your own travel to and from Brown.  To pay for travel up front, students are expected to use a portion of the funds they earn over the summer, as well as funds that are earned throughout the academic year as part of a student’s on or off campus employment.

2021-22 Standard Cost of Attendance

Direct/Billed Charges




Fees  (includes $100 Academic record fee for first time students)


Room (Housing)


Board (Meals)


Subtotal - Direct charges




Indirect Estimated Expenses








Total Direct and Indirect Charges


Not included in your Cost of Attendance are individual expenses that may be specific only to you. For example, you are required to have health insurance while attending Brown. If you do not waive the University's health insurance plan, your Cost of Attendance will include an additional component for this charge, which for the academic year 2021-22 is $4,204.  Additional individual expenses not included may include: clothing for the New England climate, computer expense, additional trips home during the academic year, etc.