Financial Aid

Financial Aid Filing Deadlines

Early Decision Applicants

November 1: CSS PROFILE and FAFSA

Regular Decision Applicants

February 1: CSS PROFILE and FAFSA

Need-Blind Admission

Need-blind admission simply means that applicants' ability to pay for their education will not be a determining factor in the admission decision. Brown actively strives to create a socioeconomically diverse applicant pool and undergraduate student body.

All first-year applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States will be admitted to Brown on a need-blind basis. Beginning with the fall 2017 entering class, first year, first-time undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students will be considered under the University's need-blind admission policy. In addition, the University will meet 100% of their demonstrated financial need. Brown will continue to consider transfer and international students' financial need when deciding to admit, wait list or deny the applicant.

We invite you to learn more about how our admission and financial aid policies relate to your circumstances:

The Brown Promise

Brown does not package loans in its financial aid awards. Through an initiative called The Brown Promise, the University has replaced all packaged loans in all financial aid packages for Brown undergraduates. Instead, we package financial aid with scholarships that do not have to be repaid. We are committed to ensuring that talented students from all income levels from around the world can join the Brown community.


Start with these next steps

1. Apply for admission to Brown

Applying for admission is your first step. If you indicate you are applying for financial aid and complete the following steps quickly, we will include details on your financial aid award with your admission decision.

2. Submit the FAFSA

Completing and submitting the government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows us to determine your financial need and makes you eligible for federal aid, an important part of your aid package. Find it online at

3. Submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile

The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile is another tool we use to determine financial need. You can also include information about your family’s special financial circumstances. Find the CSS Profile at

4. Submit additional materials

After you submit your CSS Profile, you may be prompted to provide income tax forms or other materials to support your application for financial aid.

Learn more about financial aid at Brown