All funding through Brown University Graduate School is controlled and administered by your Department or Program. Please consult with your Director of Graduate Study for funding questions or issues each academic year.

Applying for Federal Loans for 2016-2017 Academic Year.

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 edition.
  • Complete on-line. Use estimated information if necessary.
  • 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.

Once loan eligibility is determined the student will be requested to accept any loan award offer(s) online at

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?

Until processing loans for the upcoming year is activated (generally in late May for the upcoming Academic year) loan eligibility determinations won’t be formally communicated to you. Loan eligibility notification is communicated to you through your Brown email address, provided we have received your FAFSA for the 2016-2017 year.

Determining your eligibility on your own...

Students who must make plans for finances prior to hearing about loan eligibility may determine this on their own by completing our Graduate Financing Worksheet ; this exercise can help assist students with financing decisions before the start of the upcoming year. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at

I was advised of my loan eligibility but my loans are not yet available. Why?

Students who have been advised of their loan eligibility but do not yet have their loans proceeds may be indicative of a problem. To determine any missing requirements that may be holding up your loan disbursements, please log on to Brown Self Service and follow the links to Financial Aid Requirements. Or, please email us with any questions or concerns at and we will be happy to investigate the issue.

NOTE: The enrollment period for which the loan period applies must have also started; Brown University can not disburse loans to student prior to actual enrollment.

I submitted my FAFSA but never heard about loan eligibility. Why?

If you do not have any loans in offered status, viewable at then chances are we did not receive your FAFSA application,  your data did not load properly or we must process your loan application manually. Sometimes this can occur if there are discrepancies with your your social security number. Please email the Office of Financial Aid for Graduate Students at for assistance.