Undergraduate Financial Aid

First Year U.S. Citizen & Permanent Resident Applicants

A Brown education is within financial reach for the family of every prospective first-year student.

Financial aid application materials allow us to determine a student’s eligibility for Brown’s institutional financial aid, and for federal aid. To receive a provisional financial aid decision with the admission decision, the student must submit all of the required financial aid application materials by the appropriate deadline. 

Both the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are available to complete online as of October 1, 2021.

Important Deadlines

  • Early Decision: November 1, 2021
  • Regular Decision: February 1, 2022

CSS Profile

  • Required for institutional need-based aid
  • Must be submitted by deadline noted above
  • Required from each parent if they are divorced or separated

CSS Code 3189

Start your CSS PROFILE

Brown does not provide fee waivers for the CSS Profile application. Instead, we rely on the College Board to determine who automatically qualifies for a waiver during the electronic application submission process. When completing the payment process for the CSS Profile, students may find that fees are automatically waived.

After filing the CSS Profile, a student may receive email communication from the College Board providing instructions on how to submit any additional required documents through IDOC. Additional IDOC requirements may include:

  • 2020 federal income tax return (or non-tax filer statement) for custodial parent(s) 
  • 2020 federal income tax return (or non-tax filer statement) for student 
  • 2020 federal income tax return (or non-tax filer statement) for noncustodial parent, if applicable 
  • 2020 federal income tax return for partnerships and/or corporations, if applicable


School Code 003401

Start your FAFSA

College Board's Institutional Documents Service (IDOC)

  • The Office of Financial Aid uses the College Board’s IDOC service to electronically collect tax and other financial documents from families.
  • Brown does not require an IDOC packet from every family. 
  • If you do not receive a request from IDOC, that means the Office of Financial Aid has enough information to provide an estimated financial aid award at the time of admission.  
  • Additional information about IDOC