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Admitted Students Guide: Financing Graduate School

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The Brown University Graduate School makes every effort to provide its students with adequate financial support.

Incoming doctoral students are guaranteed five years of financial support, which includes a stipend, tuition remission, health services fee, and a health-insurance subsidy. To ensure you receive the first available stipend payment, please see this stipend primer and take the described steps.

Master’s students do not typically receive financial support, although some programs offer it when possible. Master's students in some programs are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive a financial award. Please check with your program to determine whether you should complete one. Financial information about individual students is treated confidentially.

Your official letter of admission provides details on your funding packages (i.e., the number of years and levels of support). All promises of financial support are subject to a student making satisfactory academic progress as determined by their program of study.

If you have a question or concern about funding, please contact your program's director of graduate studies.

Expenses (academic year 2020-2021)
Brown University requires payment of tuition and fees by August 1 for first-semester obligations and by January 1 for second-semester obligations. Students who fail to make payment in full by these deadlines will be assessed a late-payment charge. Outstanding balances greater than $1,000 will prevent students from pre-registering for the subsequent semester. Students will receive notification of such balances via the monthly student account statement.

Tuition (full-time, varies by program) $60,944 or $6,854 - $9,168 per course for specific master's programs
Health Services Fee  $1,006 (2021-22 rate)
Health Insurance (student only) $4,204 (2021-22 rate)
Student Activity Fee $65 (2021-22 rate)
Recreation Fee  $66

Office of Financial Aid

69 Brown Street
(401) 863-2721
[email protected]

All tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available in late February/early March.

Financial Aid Awards
Approved financial aid awards, except for stipends, reduce the amount of the required payment of tuition and fees. Therefore, students with approved financial aid awards, will not be assessed late charges provided their balance due after these awards is remitted on time. No scholarships or loan funding can be used to pay late payment charges.

Student Loans
To supplement other forms of support that may be available at Brown, student loans are available for both domestic and international students. Loan borrowing is initiated by the student through the Office of Financial Aid.

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may be eligible for federal student loans. A FAFSA is required to be submitted online. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program provides up to $20,500 per year to eligible applicants. Students enrolled in degrees associated with the School of Public Health may be eligible for $33,000 per year. Students can also apply for the credit based Federal PLUS loan after completing the FAFSA as well.

For students without full Brown funding, international and US citizens may also have the ability to apply for credit-based private education loans through the lender of their choice. More information is available about private loans on the Loan Office website or by writing to [email protected]

Details about applying for any education loan, financing options, and a listing of external funding sources are also available from the Graduate Financial Aid website. Admitted students can also speak with a financial aid counselor in person or by phone when available with no appointment necessary.

Fellowship Opportunities
Students can also seek external grants. The Graduate School posts additional fellowship opportunities on its Twitter account.