Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) Program
Q. What is a RUE student?
A. A RUE student is an undergraduate who was admitted to Brown under the Resumed Undergraduate Education Program. RUE students are individuals who experienced an interruption in their formal education and now plan to resume their studies. For more details about who qualifies to apply to the RUE program and what makes this program unique, visit the Admission website.
Q. How does a RUE student's financial aid package differ from a non-RUE undergraduates?
A. RUE students are usually the only students who are considered "independent" for awarding institutional financial aid. Therefore, we do not ask for parent financial information. In turn, there is no parental contribution expected for a RUE student. Second, RUE students have a higher summer contribution from income, reflecting generally higher earning ability than traditional undergraduate students. Finally, RUE students have budgets that are tailored to the number of courses that they are taking and may have greater living expenses.
Q. What is Brown’s financial aid policy for Citizens and Permanent Resident RUE students?
A. 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 for financial aid are critical.
We will continue to consider international applicants on a need-aware basis, that is, we will take into account their financial need in making our admission decisions. However, our financial aid budget for international RUE students will be limited. International RUE students who do not receive financial aid at time of admission will not be considered for aid at a later date. Therefore, international RUE students must apply for financial aid at the time of application for admission, if they have reason to believe they will need assistance at any point during their time at Brown.
Q. If I applied on time for, but did not receive, scholarship assistance at the time of admission, can I be considered for scholarship assistance in future years?
A. No. If you do not receive scholarship assistance upon admission to the University, you will not be considered for scholarship assistance in future years.
Q. Will I be considered for scholarship assistance during my first or subsequent years if I failed to apply on time, but I have experienced a sudden change in financial circumstances?
A. No. If you do not receive scholarship assistance upon admission to the University, you will not be considered for scholarship assistance even upon a change in your financial circumstances.
Q. If I applied on time for, but did not receive, scholarship assistance, can I be considered for scholarship assistance upon a sudden change in my financial circumstances?
A. No. For students who did not receive scholarship assistance at the time of admission, we will not consider a change in circumstances. You must apply for and receive a scholarship award at the time of admission in order to receive scholarship assistance upon a change in circumstances.
Q. What happens if I lose the funding from my sponsor?
A. Brown will not award scholarship assistance or loan funding to replace lost sponsorship dollars. If you have a sponsor and are uncertain of the sponsor’s commitment, be sure to apply for financial aid at the time of admission.
Q. If I enter Brown University as a foreign student without scholarship assistance and become a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident in a later year, can I be considered for scholarship assistance in later years?
A. No. For students admitted as international students, the international student policies will apply. Therefore, you must receive scholarship assistance at the time of admission in order to be considered for scholarship assistance at any point during your time at Brown. However, if you become a U.S Citizen or Permanent Resident in a later year, you can apply for federal loans, federal grants and work-study by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Q. Are there any other types of aid I can apply for through Brown?
A. The Osher Reentry Scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The grant is designed to provide scholarship support towards tuition and fees for students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree after a significant break in their studies (a minimum 5 year cumulative gap) and who anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation. Students in the University’s Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) program, who have demonstrated financial need, receive University Scholarship, and meet Osher Reentry Scholarship Program Guidelines will be considered to receive up to $5,000 for the academic year in the Osher Reentry Scholarship. Beyond the application for Financial Aid, no separate application is required for consideration. Per Osher Reentry Scholarship Programs guidelines, this scholarship is not intended for international students who are visiting the United States with the intention of returning to their country of origin after graduation.
Click here for more information about the Osher Reentry Scholarship Program.
Q. Is financial aid available to assist with child care costs?
A.The RUE Child Care Allowance, awarded through the Office of Financial Aid, is to assist RUE students with child care expenses for eligible dependents between the ages of 0 to 6. Awards will vary from family to family and year to year depending on financial needs and other factors with a scholarship of up to $2,000 per semester ($4,000 for the academic year).
Follow this link for the application, program overview, and more information.
Q. What is Brown’s financial aid policy regarding undocumented students?
Undocumented students interested in receiving need-based financial aid from Brown must indicate their interest in financial aid as part of their admission's application. If an undocumented student is admitted to Brown and is determined to have financial aid need, then Brown will award the student with Brown financial aid funds to meet their need. These funds could include University need-based scholarship, campus employment and if appropriate, a University loan.
If an undocumented student does not indicate on his/her admission's application that he/she is interested in receiving need-based aid from Brown and is admitted, he/she will not be able to receive need-based financial aid for any of their time at Brown.
If an undocumented student is admitted without financial aid, but becomes a US citizen or permanent resident while at Brown, he/she will be able to apply for, and if eligible, received need-based financial aid.