Cost of Attendance represents a combination of direct charges and estimated indirect expenses. Standard direct charges will appear on your Brown billing statement and include: tuition, fees, room, and board (meal plan). Standard indirect expenses include: books and supplies, travel (if applicable), and personal expenses. Students may experience different levels of indirect expenses; however, the values listed represent allowances provided for the academic year.

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 2020-21 is $4,077.  Additional individual expenses not included may include: clothing for the New England climate, computer expense, additional trips home during the academic year, etc.

**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.

2020-21 Standard Cost of Attendance

Direct/Billed Charges


Tuition and fees - (includes $100 Academic record fee for first time students)


Room and Board (Housing and Meals)


Subtotal - Direct charges




Indirect Estimated Expenses








Total Direct and Indirect Charges