Undergraduate Financial Aid

Winter Financial Aid

If you are taking winter courses at Brown, you may qualify for a Brown Winter Grant.

Scholarship eligible students will be notified of their Winter Grant amount by email from the Office of Financial Aid by mid-November.

Winter Session Grant

In addition to being enrolled in Winter Session at Brown University, students must also be enrolled at least half-time in the Fall term prior to the Winter Session and have registered for Spring courses to be considered for any Winter Session grant and/or loans. 

If eligible, the Winter Session grant will be offered automatically. After registering and prior to billing, the Office of Financial Aid will send notification that the student’s financial aid has been adjusted. The student may then view the Winter Session grant in Banner Self-Service.

Students who withdraw from Winter Session will not be allowed to retain any refund created by, or associated with Winter Session aid.


Winter Session Housing and Meals

Winter Session Grant is for tuition only. Living expenses, such as meals and housing, are not included in your Winter Session funding*.  Therefore, you should plan additional resources to cover these expenses. Residential Life and Dining Services will provide information about housing and meals by the end of November.  Students requiring any housing or meals during the Winter Break should complete the Winter Break Housing form that should be available on the Residential Life website in November. 

 *Students enrolled in Winter Session with a $0 Parent Contribution may be eligible for meals and/or housing assistance, if charged by Brown for the Winter Session time-period only.  These students should refer to the email they received from the Office of Financial Aid for specific details of their eligibility.

Winter Break Housing - Not Enrolled in Winter Session

Students not enrolled in Winter Session will have the opportunity to request emergency support through the Winter Break Housing form, however, support is not guaranteed.  If you feel that emergency support may be needed, you should submit the form as soon as it becomes available so the outcome of the request may be provided to you as early as possible. Funding through the Office of Financial Aid is not available to cover extended stay and/or early arrival charges.


Loan Eligibility for Winter Session Expenses

Loans must be requested separately. We do not automatically offer loans, as Winter Session borrowing may impact a student's loan eligibility during the academic year.

Students should notify the Office of Financial Aid in writing via email to request a loan. A Financial Aid Counselor can provide students with their loan eligibility prior to registering for Winter Session courses; however, loans will not be processed until registration.


Book/Course Material Support (BCMS) Program

Students eligible to participate in the Book/Course Material Support (BCMS) Program will automatically receive support to cover the costs of books/course materials for Winter Session courses. BCMS BRDD students will continue to receive necessary support for their RISD winter session courses. The process to order your books is the same as it was in the Fall semester.

Students Completing Degree Requirements/Graduating in December

Winter Session grants are only available for continuing undergraduate students who are currently receiving Brown University Scholarship during the full academic year. Students graduating in December will have finished their undergraduate studies, therefore, are not eligible for a Winter Session grant.

Students graduating in December cannot use the Winter Session to extend the loan deferment/grace periods outside of the traditional Fall or Spring semester dates, even if they are enrolled in a final Winter Session course. 

Students that need one class to complete their degree requirements, may on exception, be allowed to take a Winter Session class to complete their degree.  If their enrollment plan is approved by the College, these students may be eligible for Winter Grant.  Students considering this option should request approval by the College and the Office of Financial Aid prior to enrolling.


Financial Aid for Travel Expenses Associated with a Destination Course

Funding through a grant from the Global Experiential Learning and Teaching (GELT) Program covers all essential travel costs (flights, accommodations, meals, health insurance for international locations and site tickets). Although loan eligibility may be available to cover other travel-related expenses, any credit resulting from a loan will not be available as a refund until after the program has begun. Travel allowances are not provided for on-campus classes.