LINK Award

Q. What is the Brown LINK Award? 

A. Managed by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown (CareerLAB) the Brown LINK provides financial assistance to a limited number of students pursuing career-related internships over the summer.  

This is a competitive program with application deadlines in March and April. For full details and eligibility requirements, please visit the CareerLAB website.

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRA)

Q. What is the UTRA Program?

A. Students participating in an UTRA are awarded a fellowship for study or research by working closely with a faculty member. The work can be based on a student's initiative, particular question, or specialized ability. The UTRA program is coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the College. For more information, please visit the UTRA website.


Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW)

Q. What is a Summer Earnings Waiver?

A. Summer Earnings Waivers (SEWs) are awarded in conjunction with the LINK and UTRA programs to University Scholarship eligible students.   Recipients are provided additional scholarship to replace the Standard Contribution (SC) from Summer Earnings Expectation. The portion of the SC waived will not exceed the standard summer earnings expectation for the student's grade level and is subject to annual review.

Q. Who is eligible for a Summer Earnings Waiver?

A. Aided students who receive University Scholarship and receive a LINK or UTRA award may be eligible for a SEW.  LINK and UTRA applicants are automatically considered for a SEW when applying to these programs – no separate application is required.   Students are eligible for a SEW only one time during their four years at Brown; for example, if a student secures a LINK/SEW in his/her first summer at Brown, and an UTRA the second summer, s/he will only receive a SEW with the first award (the LINK in the first summer and not again with the UTRA). 

Receipt of the SEW is contingent on a student’s eligibility for University Scholarship in the academic year following the summer LINK or UTRA award.  The SEW is not transferrable to another academic year.  


Summer Financial Aid

Q. Is financial aid available for summer classes at Brown?

A. Yes, if you are taking summer courses at Brown, you may qualify for a Brown "Summer Grant." The amount of the grant will depend on the amount of University Scholarship you receive during the academic year and the number of summer courses you are taking. In addition, students can apply for loan funds to supplement their Summer Grant in meeting the cost of course fees and other living expenses.  Pell eligible students also may be eligible for a Pell Grant if they are taking summer classes.

Q. How do I apply for a Summer Grant for classes at Brown?

A. Brown Undergraduates who receive University Scholarship during the academic year will be eligible for partial summer course fee remission. The amount you are eligible for will be awarded to you automatically.

Q. I have financial aid during the year, can I receive a Summer Grant for summer classes at Brown?

A. If you are an undergraduate student who received Brown University Scholarship (US) during the current academic year, and have completed or will complete a financial aid application for the upcoming year, you can receive a Summer Grant. 

Q. My summer award only shows grant money, why don’t I have loans?

A. You need to apply for loans separately based on what you actually need. We do not automatically award loans, since borrowing loans over the summer may impact the student's borrowing capability for the upcoming academic year.

Q. How is loan eligibility determined for summer classes at Brown?

A. To estimate your loan eligibility for classes taken at Brown in the summer, take the summer Cost of Attendance and subtract from it the Summer Grant awarded by The Division of Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs (and if appropriate the Federal Pell Grant or other funding received to cover summer expenses).  The result is an estimate of what you may be eligible to borrow in a summer loan.  The amount of loan you borrow during the summer semester may impact your borrowing ability during the academic year.

2020 Summer Session Cost of Attendance Estimates:

Estimated Cost of Attendance    One Course    Two Courses
Tuition & Fees   $4,608   $8,923
Room & Meals   $3,234   $3,234
Books   $204   $408
Personal   $471   $471
Total   $8,517   $13,036

Q. How do I apply for a loan?

A. The Summer at Brown Loan Application is available via the Forms section of our website.

Q. I originally wanted loans and now I don’t. What do I do?

A. Simply notify the Office of Financial Aid in writing via email.

Q. I originally signed up for two courses, and now I am only taking one.

A. The Office of Financial Aid will be aware of this adjustment after you change your registration in Banner.

Q. I originally signed up for one course, and now I am taking two.

A. The Office of Financial Aid will be aware of this adjustment after you change your registration in Banner.

Q. I received a Summer Grant last year. This year I received a smaller amount. Why?

A. Summer Grants are based on need from the current academic year. Last year's eligibility would have been based on your need from prior year's financial information. Also, the number of courses you enroll in may impact the amount of summer grant.

Q. I was inactive during the academic year, am I eligible to receive a Summer Grant?

A. If you were on a LOA during the academic year, you may still be eligible for grant funding, however, you will need to contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

Q. I am currently a senior at Brown and will be graduating in May 2020, can I receive a Summer Grant?

A. No. Summer grants are available for undergraduate students who are currently receiving Brown University Scholarships during the academic year. You will have finished your undergraduate studies in May 2020 and therefore are not eligible for a Summer Grant.

Q. Is financial aid available for summer classes elsewhere?

A. University Loans and Brown Summer Grants are not available for summer study at another institution. Students may be eligible for other funding and should review the Study Away/Abroad section of our website to determine requirements and the type of aid that is available. The amount of loan you borrow during the summer may impact your borrowing ability during the upcoming academic year. You must be enrolled at least half-time in the summer in order to be eligible for federal loans in the summer.

Q. How will taking Summer Courses affect my Student Contribution from Summer Earnings?

A. The Student Contribution from Summer Earnings is a standard contribution required by Brown for all students. Brown expects that a student will earn funds during the summer to contribute toward the following year's academic expenses. The Summer Earnings Expectation is a part of the total Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If a student decides not to work, takes an unpaid internship, or is unable to work due to athletic/academic commitments, the Summer Earnings expectation becomes a part of the student's financial need. When this occurs, most students can convert their Summer Earnings expectation to additional loan funds in order to meet the increase in financial need. The Summer Earnings expectation cannot be replaced with University Scholarship. Outside scholarships may reduce a student's Summer Earnings expectation in certain cases, for further information on when this may occur please review the Outside Scholarship Policy.

Endowed Scholarships

Q. How does receiving an endowed scholarship affect my financial aid award?

A. Receiving an endowed scholarship does not affect your financial aid award. Approximately 25% of University Scholarships are funded by gifts to the University from benefactors. Some benefactors require that the gift be awarded to a student who fulfills specific criteria. If you receive a letter indicating that you have been matched to an endowed scholarship, it simply means your academic and/or personal profile matches the requirements of a benefactor who endowed a University Scholarship. 

Each year, all University Scholarship recipients are asked to fill out a survey that is used to complete the scholarship matching process and share student stories with donors. Survey responses also fit together to form a personal, narrative ‘thank you’ letter to those who support Brown's financial aid.

This survey can be accessed by clicking the following link and logging into our scholarship database with your Brown username and password: