PhD Candidates Your application for admission serves as your application for consideration of 5 years of full support. No additional application is necessary at the time of admission.  U.S. citizens and Permanent residents will be required to complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA in the Fall semester after enrollment.
Masters Candidates If you are a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidate:

Complete the online application located on the Brown Department of Education’s website.

 If you are a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA)/ Trinity Rep Candidate Complete the financial aid application located online.
For all others, there is no separate application for financial aid. Funding decisions (if any) are made through your Director of Graduate Study in the Department or Program for which you have applied. NOTE: Most Masters candidates are “self funded,” meaning Brown funding is not available. There is no application for funding. You may wish to confirm that your Department or Program considers you for any possible funding available.


Applying for Federal Loans - Graduate Students
Recommended Filing Dates Requirement Important Notes

No deadlines exist except that the FAFSA must be filed upon applying for loans or no later than 5/1/17 for the 2016-17 Academic Year.

If you intend to borrow loans to help offset your tuition bills, then sufficient time must be allowed to process your loan eligibility prior to tuition bill deadlines. The following loan application submission dates are recommended:

Fall Semester Enrollment:
June 1st

Spring Semester Enrollment:
November 1st

Free Application for Federal Aid

  • Make sure to complete the 2016-17 version. Complete on-line. Use estimated income if your 2015 tax return is not yet complete.
  • List Brown graduate school code #E00058.
  • Required for any U.S citizen/resident.
  • If your FAFSA is selected for verification, additional information will be requested via email by the Office of Financial Aid before loan eligibility can be processed.

Private, credit-based education loans are available for consideration by International Students (with a credit worthy U.S. cosigner) or for Federal Loan recipients who need more resources than what is offered by the Federal loan program. 


When will I hear about my eligibility for loans?

You will not be notified of any loan eligibility unless or until you are accepted by the Graduate School. Until then, students may estimate their loan eligibility on their own by completing our Financing Worksheet (see next question). Once enrollment is confirmed, the student will receive access to the Brown network, including billing and financial records. The student will be able to accept any offered federal loans that s/he may wish to borrow at that time.

Determining your eligibility on your own…..

Students who must make enrollment decisions prior to hearing about loan eligibility may determine this on their own by completing our Financing Worksheet. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at

I submitted my FAFSA but was not offered loans when I gained access to my financial aid award . Why?

If you do not have any loans in offered status  at then chances are we did not receive your FAFSA application,  the data did not load properly or we are missing your social security number on your Graduate Application for Admission.  Please email us at for assistance