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Student Loans

To supplement the other forms of support they receive from Brown, students may also be eligible for federal direct student loans and other loans. Student loans for graduate students are administered through the Office of Financial Aid. To be considered for any student loans, domestic students are required to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA must be submitted on line (Brown University's graduate code for the FAFSA is: E00058). 

The Federal Direct Student Loan program provides loans in amounts up to $20,500 per year to eligible applicants. International students are not eligible for these loans. In order to be considered, students should complete the FAFSA. More details are available from the GRADUATE STUDENTS link at the Office of Financial Aid.  

Brown University also has a limited number of federal Perkins loans available. These are awarded based strictly on financial need. No separate application is required and only those students without any funding from their program or department are considered. A FAFSA application must be on file for the student to be considered for these funds.  

Should a graduate student require additional loans beyond federal eligibility, various alternative loans may be available in the commercial market. Eligibility is based on credit and both U.S. citizens and international students (with an eligible U.S. citizen co-borrower) may apply.  

To learn more about loan-borrowing options, please visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for graduate students or write to the Graduate School Financial Aid counselors at: