A Brown education represents a major investment to students and their families. Cost is one of several factors that a student will have to weigh when choosing a college. At Brown, we believe that, to the extent possible, the primary responsibility for paying for college lies with a student and their family. Families typically pay for college using a combination of three sources: savings, current income and future income (including loans).
The overwhelming consensus among our students is that the growth, exposure and stimulation they gain from the range of opportunities available at Brown are well worth the commitment of time, energy and finances. Given the significance of the investment, students must understand how we arrive at the contribution expected from students and their families.
Brown University utilizes an Institutional Methodology (IM) when calculating the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).