Undergraduate Financial Aid

Cost of Attendance

Knowing the costs associated with a Brown education can help students and families from all income levels plan ahead and find appropriate financial support.

2021-22 Academic Year

Direct/Billed Charges
Tuition $60,944
Fees (includes $100 Academic record fee for first time students) $1,460
Room $10,054
Meals $6,292
Subtotal - Direct Charges $78,750
Indirect Estimated Expenses
Books $1,652
Personal $2,268
Total Direct and Indirect Charges $82,670

Regardless of a family’s financial situation, attending college is a major investment. The Cost of Attendance represents a combination of direct charges and estimated indirect expenses. It is important to plan for these.

Direct or Billed Costs

Direct or billed costs are charges billed directly to student accounts (bills) each semester such as tuition, mandatory fees, and room and meals. 

Indirect Estimated Costs

Indirect estimated costs do not appear on student accounts (bills) and vary based on the individual student. These costs include books, personal expenses and possibly travel. Students may experience different levels of indirect expenses; however, the values listed represent allowances provided for the academic year.

The standard allowance of $1,652 is the estimated cost of books and miscellaneous educational materials. This amount is included in the Cost of Attendance for most upperclass students. For students who are notified that they are a participant in the Book/Course Materials Support (BCMS) Pilot Program, all books and required course material are covered by the University and must be obtained through the Brown Bookstore. These students are provided with a General Education Supplies allowance of $352 for additional educationally-related supplies they may need.
The standard allowance is based on estimated costs incurred for personal expenses during the academic year including clothing, laundry, toiletries, cell phone expenses, entertainment, local transportation and other incidentals. The allowance can serve as a planning tool to help students determine how much money to have available for these expenses.
Travel Allowance
An allowance for travel will be included in the Cost of Attendance based on a student’s home address. Students are responsible for all aspects of booking and paying for travel to and from Brown. To pay for travel up front, students are expected to use a portion of the funds they earn over the summer, as well as funds that are earned throughout the academic year as part of a student’s on or off campus employment.

Student Health Insurance Plan and Individual Expenses

Not included in Cost of Attendance are a student’s individual expenses. For example, students are required to have health insurance while attending Brown. If a student does not waive the University's health insurance plan, the Cost of Attendance will include an additional component for this charge, which for the academic year 2021-22 is $4,204.  Additional individual expenses not included may include: clothing for the New England climate, computer expense, additional trips home during the academic year, etc.