Facts about financial aid

Academic Year — 2015-2016

  • $112.5 million — The amount of need-based scholarship budgeted
  • 64% — The percentage of students receiving financial aid who have no loans in their financial aid awards
  • 35% — The percentage of undergraduate students receiving financial aid who have a $0 expected parent contribution from income
  • 100% — The percentage of student's demonstrated financial need as determined by Brown's Office of Financial Aid that is met
  • 42% — The percentage of the Class of 2019 receiving need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • More than $46,000 — The average need-based award for aided undergraduate students
  • 80% — The percentage of tuition covered by the average institutional scholarship

All Undergraduates

  • $104.1 Million — The amount of Brown University need-based scholarship for 2014-15.
  • $108.6 Million — The amount of need-based scholarship budgeted for 2014-15, which included University Scholarship and estimated federal Pell Grants.
  • 43% of all undergraduates are receiving need-based scholarship aid, which includes federal and state need-based scholarship and grants
    • The average need-based scholarship for all undergraduates is $39,767
  • 46% of all undergraduates are receiving need-based aid, which includes federal and state grants and need-based work-study and loans.
    • The average need-based financial aid award for all undergraduates is $43,948

Loan Information

  • 1,787 Undergraduate student with no loans in their initial financial aid awards.
  • 65% Percent of students on financial aid with no loans in their initial financial aid awards.

Total number of University Scholarship Recipients = 2,742

General Financial Aid Information

  • 88% of all undergraduates who applied for financial aid received a need-based aid award
  • 37% of undergraduate students receiving financial aid have a $0 contribution from parents’ income

Federal Pell Grant Recipients:

The percentage of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants has increased 11% over the last five years.

Academic YearNumber of RecipientsPell Grant Funding
2010-11 984 $4,836 000
2011-12 928 $3,885,000
2012-13 973 $4,069,000
2013-141,044 $4,367,886
2014-151,095 $4,845,161

International Students:

The University Scholarship budget for international students has significantly increased since 2007-08. In 2007-08, 115 international students received need-based scholarship with a total scholarship expenditure of $3.8 million. For the current 2014-15 academic year, 218 international undergraduates will receive roughly $9.8M in need-based scholarship.

Academic Year
2014-15
Number of Students Average Scholarship Total Scholarship
Freshmen 52 $44,296 $2,203,386
Upper-class 166 $44,999 $7,469,811
Total 218 $44,831 $9,773,197
  • 100% the amount of self-help (student summer earnings expectation, loan and work) students can replace with outside scholarships

For more information about financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website.