All Brown students eligible for financial aid (with few exceptions) may use their aid for an approved program of semester or year-long study abroad.
Your aid award will be based on the program's budget, including airfare and living costs. You will be eligible for grants and loans as if you were on campus, with the exception of Federal Work Study (FWS). The normal FWS component of an aid package will be covered with additional loan funds, upon request. Please note that the amount of scholarship awarded for study abroad can vary depending on the program's cost.
You must follow all the normal Financial Aid Guidelines and fill out all forms as you normally would each year at Brown.
In addition to the regular aid forms, there are special steps for studying abroad and forms that must be submitted by early May (fall semester/full year students) and by early November (spring semester students). Please consult the Office of Financial Aid for further information and read through their Frequently Asked Questions about Study Abroad and Financial Aid.
While you are away, it is important to pay close attention to any communication coming from the Office of Financial Aid, the Loan Office, or the Bursar. Students who are abroad are not exempt from complying with application deadlines and requirements to determine eligibility for financial aid. Your financial aid application requirements for the upcoming academic year should be posted on Banner Self-Service in January, and the university's deadline to apply for financial aid is usually in early May. Additional application information can be found on the Office of Financial Aid's website.
Non-Brown students are not eligible for Brown financial aid and should check with their home institutions on eligibility. Non-Brown students may wish to consult our scholarship list for outside funding resources.
If you have financial aid in excess of your charges on your Brown student account, keep in mind:
• Refunds are issued 7 – 10 business days after the start date of your study abroad program. In order for your refund to be processed, all financial aid study abroad application materials must be submitted.
• Since the refunds will not be issued until 7 – 10 days after your program begins, you will need to make plans to cover your expenses until your refund has arrived. Be sure to discuss possible funding options with a financial aid advisor well in advance of the start of the semester.
• You may also need to contact your study abroad program and request that the bill due date be deferred until your refund is received. Most study abroad programs will work with you to defer your bill until you receive your refund; the program may ask you to provide copies of your financial aid award letter or other documentation from the Financial Aid Office.
• 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.