Brown’s need-aware policy for undergraduate, international students requires the student to indicate their interest in receiving financial aid as part of their admission application. If international students have reason to believe they will need assistance at any point during their time at Brown, they must apply for financial aid at the time of admission and meet all required financial aid deadlines.

Based on the need-aware policy, international students who do not apply for, and receive, University Scholarship upon admission to the University are in most cases not eligible to apply for or receive University Scholarship in future years. A limited number of international students who do not receive University Scholarship at the time of admission may petition to apply for financial aid in the following extenuating circumstances:

  • Death of a wage-earning parent
  • Civil war in the student’s home country
  • Natural geological disaster in the student’s home country that impacts the family

Additionally, in extremely rare cases, if an international student has completed at least four semesters at Brown, and their family has experienced a substantial and sustained financial loss that jeopardizes the student’s ability to complete their undergraduate education at Brown, the student may petition to apply for financial aid. In cases in which international students have third-party sponsors who help pay for their education, the loss of funding from a sponsor does not, by itself, constitute a substantial financial loss in the evaluation of financial aid eligibility and therefore is not an event that warrants a petition.  

If an international student experiences any of the eligible circumstances outlined above, the student may consider submitting a petition to apply.  Questions regarding this process should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid. 

In any year, the number of petitions granted will be limited by the amount of need-based University Scholarships available to fund such petitions. A determination will be made by the Office of Financial Aid on both the outcome of the petition to apply and the potential amount of University scholarship.  University Scholarship awarded through this petition process is for the fall and spring terms only.

Policy last updated: May 2020