NOTE: Those studying abroad in the summer are not eligible to receive the Summer Grant which is awarded by the School of Professional Studies. Students studying abroad may want to research other funding options through the Office of International Programs (OIP). See below for requirements if you are interested in federal aid (primarily federal loans) that may also be available to eligible students.

Regardless of what program you decide to participate in, the following requirements must be satisfied to be considered for any federal aid:

  • All financial aid application requirements for both the current year and the upcoming year should be satisfied.
  • Complete and submit the Summer Aid Application for Study Away/Abroad found in the Forms section of our website (available in May each year).
  • You should process a Refund Request electronically through the Bursar’s Office website.

For non-Brown programs (Brown/CASA programs would be considered Brown programs), the following additional requirements must be satisfied:

  • Complete and submit the Consortium Agreement found in the Forms section of our website
  • Credits must be fully approved for transfer through Brown's ASK/Advising Sidekick system prior to any federal aid being processed.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

We recommend that you review the following information about specific outside scholarship opportunities that may be available for studying abroad:

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: available for U.S. Citizens who are Federal Pell Grant eligible; deadline is generally in March of each year for the upcoming summer or academic year
  • Freeman Asia Scholarship: available for U.S. Citizens or permanent residents accepted to a program based in certain Asian countries who demonstrate a verifiable need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); deadlines are generally in March of each year for the upcoming summer and academic year

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Would I be eligible for financial aid if I study abroad during the summer through a Brown-Sponsored program administered by the Office of International Programs (OIP)?

A. Yes. Brown students who receive Brown University Scholarship during the academic year are eligible to apply for the OIP Summer Grant. Visit the OIP website for more information about the OIP Summer Grant and how to apply. Keep in mind that these grants are limited, and will not meet the full program cost for students who receive them. Students who wish to receive loan consideration should submit the Summer Aid Application for Study Away/Abroad (available in May each year) to the Office of Financial Aid.

Q. Would I be eligible for financial aid if I Study Away during the summer on a Domestic or Study Abroad program that is not sponsored by OIP?

A. The ONLY financial aid that is offered for summer domestic or non-Brown study abroad programs is federal aid, if a student is eligible. International students participating in summer domestic or non-Brown study abroad programs are not eligible for aid (including the 20th Century Loan).

Q. If applicable, when will I receive my refund?

A. Refunds are processed 7 to 10 days after the start date of your study abroad program. In order for your refund to be processed, all financial aid application materials must be submitted. Since the refunds will not be sent until 7-10 business days after the first day of classes, you should make plans to cover your expenses until your refund has arrived or contact your program and request that the bill due date be deferred until your refund is received. Please note, loans processed as part of the upcoming year will not be disbursed until after July 1st. For questions regarding your Brown Student Account and/or the refund process, please contact the Bursar’s Office at [email protected] or (401) 863-2484.

Q. When do I sign Promissory notes for my student loan?

A. A promissory note and entrance counseling for a first-time Federal Direct Loan and/or a 20th Century Loan should be completed with the Brown University Loan Office before leaving for your study abroad program. The Loan Office will send the student an email notifying them of loan requirements along with instructions on how to complete the requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the requirements are completed and received by the Loan Office before departure. For questions, please contact the Loan Office at [email protected] or at (401) 863-3296.