All students are required to report the receipt of outside scholarships to our office in accordance with federal regulations. These scholarships are considered a financial resource and must be included in your financial aid package. Outside scholarships cannot be used to replace a parent's contribution.
During your sophomore, junior and senior years, you will be able to replace your work and summer earnings expectations with outside scholarship. However, during your freshman year, you will only be able to replace summer earnings expectations with an outside scholarship, since your financial aid package will not include a work expectation. Outside scholarship amounts in excess of your summer earning expectation will result in a dollar for dollar reduction to your Brown University Scholarship.
If you receive outside scholarships that exceed your total eligibility, we suggest that you consider one, or both, of the following options that may help compensate for the reduction to Brown University Scholarship:
1.Use the outside scholarship to fund the purchase of a new computer. Brown will allow you to use an outside scholarship one-time during your four years to purchase a computer. This first year may be a good time to take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of your outside scholarship award. Simply provide our office with a copy of the computer purchase receipt.
2. Consider asking the scholarship agency to defer the scholarship in excess of your summer earnings expectation until a later year. This will allow you to use the scholarship to replace the academic year work expectation you will likely have as a sophomore, junior and senior.