Grants and Scholarships

Brown University does not offer aid based on academic achievement, athletic ability or any other form of merit. Financial aid eligibility is determined solely on financial need. However, assistance from outside sources may be based on a variety of things including merit and/or financial need. Several sources exist for grants and scholarships, such as:

Student Loans:

The Direct Loan program is a federal loan taken in the student's name. Brown University institutional loans are need-based loans offered to students with high financial need and can be awarded to students who are ineligible for the federal loan program. For either federal or institutional loans, a student needs to be actively enrolled in the term that they are interested in applying for the loan.  Processing deadlines do apply so it is also important that students inquire about loan eligibility as early in the term as possible.  Undergraduate students wishing to borrow loans will complete the loan request form on the "Resources/Additional Information" tab in Banner Self Service through their applicant portal. You will need to complete a promissory note and entrance counseling in order to have these loans processed to your student account. The Loan Office sends emails directly to the student's Brown email account with  instructions. Details concerning the various loan programs, along with applicable interest rates for the academic year are available on the Loan Office website.

Parent/Private Loan and Financing Options:

There are several financing and private loan options available to help manage the expected family contribution. For more information on these programs please visit the Educational Financing section of our website.

Other Types of Aid: