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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, on September 30, please see this stipend primer and take the described steps.

Financial aid for master’s students is not centrally managed and varies among programs. If you are interested in a master’s program and have questions about financial aid, please contact the program’s director of graduate study.

Students’ official letters of admission provide details of their funding packages (i.e., the number of years and levels of support). All promises of student support are subject to a student making satisfactory academic progress as determined by their program of study.

All students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens and wish to receive financial support from the Graduate School are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial information about individual students is treated confidentially.

Students with questions or concerns regarding their funding should address them to their department’s director of graduate studies.

Expenses for 2015–2016
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, annual)  $48,272
(part-time – per course)  $6,034
Health Services Fee  $752
Health Insurance (student only)  $3,487
Student Activity Fee  $58
Recreation Fee  $64

Office of Financial Aid

Brown University Box 1827
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2721
(401) 863-7575 (fax)

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, except for stipends, will not be assessed late charges provided their balance due after these awards is remitted on time. No scholarships or subsidized loans 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at is required to be submitted online. The Federal Direct Loan program provides up  to $20,500 per year to eligible applicants.

Brown University also has a limited number of federal Perkins loans available. These are awarded based strictly on financial need and are available only to selected master’s candidates who receive no University funding. The maximum borrowing eligibility is $8,000. A FAFSA must be on file and Direct Loan borrowers are automatically considered for these funds.

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 Graduate Financial Aid website or by writing to

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.

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