Undergraduate Financial Aid

The Brown Promise

The Brown Promise initiative eliminates packaged loans from all undergraduate financial aid awards.

The Brown Promise offers University Scholarship funds to meet 100% of every student’s demonstrated financial need. Initial financial aid packages include scholarship and work only — no loans.

Total Average Award for the Class of 2025

Total Income* Group Average Total Award** Percent Receiving Need-based Scholarship
< $60,000 $80,013 99%
$60,000 - $100,000 $67,639 96%
$100,000 - $125,000 $56,538 98%
$125,000 - $150,000 $54,051 99%
$150,000 - $200,000 $44,037 91%
> $200,000 *** $28,655 39%

* Total income does not include a family's assets
** Includes Brown University Scholarship, grants and work-study or campus employment (no loans)
*** Most who qualify have multiple children in college

An Estimated Financial Aid Award Example

A family of four with one student attending Brown as an incoming freshman in 2021-22, with a total parent income of $57,200 and assets of $68,000, could expect the following estimated demonstrated financial need.

Demonstrated Financial Need
Cost of Attendance Parent Contribution Student Contribution = Need
$82,670   $0   $2,700   $79,970

Using the example demonstrated financial need of the same family of four above, the following estimated financial aid could be expected.

Estimated Financial Aid Award to Meet Need
Student Need Student Work + Scholarship = Total Award
$79,970 $2,950   $77,020   $79,970