LINK Award and Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW)

Q. What are the Brown LINK Award and Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW) programs? 

A. Managed by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown (CareerLAB)Brown LINK Awards and Summer Earnings Waivers (SEW) provide financial assistance to a limited number of students pursuing career-related internships over the summer. There are 2 types of awards:

  • Brown LINK Award (for aided and non-aided students): monetary awards for career exploration in a wide variety of fields.
  • Summer Earnings Waiver (for aided students receiving University Scholarship): waiver of the summer earnings expectation.

The Summer Earnings Waiver provides additional scholarship to replace the Standard Contribution (SC) from Summer Earnings Expectation. The portion of the SC waived will not exceed the standard summer earnings expectation for the student's grade level and is subject to annual review.

This is a competitive program with applications are due in March. For more full details and eligibility requirements, please visit the CareerLAB website.


Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRA)

Q. What is the UTRA Program?

A. Students participating in an UTRA are awarded a fellowship for study or research by working closely with a faculty member. The work can be based on a student's initiative, particular question, or specialized ability. The UTRA program is coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the College. For more information, please visit the UTRA website.


Summer Financial Aid

Q. Is financial aid available for summer classes at Brown?

A. Yes, if you are taking summer courses at Brown, you may qualify for a summer grant.The amount of the grant will depend on the amount of University Scholarship you receive during the academic year and the number of summer courses you are taking. In addition, students can apply for loan funds to supplement their summer grant in meeting the cost of course fees and other living expenses.

Q. How do I apply for a summer grant for classes at Brown?

A. Brown Undergraduates who receive University Scholarship during the academic year will be eligible for partial summer course fee remission. The amount you are eligible for will be awarded to you automatically.

Q. I have financial aid during the year, can I receive a Summer Grant for summer classes at Brown?

A. If you are an undergraduate student who received Brown University Scholarship (US) during the current academic year, you can receive a Summer Grant. 

Q. My summer award only shows grant money, why don’t I have loans?

A. You need to apply for loans separately based on what you actually need. We do not automatically award loans, since borrowing loans over the summer may impact the student's borrowing capability for the upcoming academic year.

Q. How is loan eligibility determined for summer classes at Brown?

A. To estimate your loan eligibility for classes taken at Brown in the summer, take the summer Cost of Attendance and subtract from it the summer grant awarded by the Office of Continuing Education.  The result is an estimate of what you may be eligible to borrow in a summer loan.  The amount of loan you borrow during the summer semester may inpact your borrowing ability during the academic year.

2014 Summer Session Cost of Attendance Estimates

Estimated Cost of Attendance    One Course    Two Courses
Tuition & Fees   $3,604   $6,978
Room & Board   $3,500   $3,500
Books   $175   $350
Personal   $405   $405
Total   $7,684   $11,233

Q. How do I apply for a loan?

A. The Summer Loan Applications will be available May 15, 2014 via the Forms section of our website.

Q. I originally wanted loans and now I don’t. What do I do?

A. Simply notify the Office of Financial Aid in writing via email or mail to Office of Financial Aid, Box 1827.

Q. I originally signed up for two courses, and now I am only taking one.

A. The Office of Financial Aid will be aware of this adjustment after you change your registration in Banner.

Q. I originally signed up for one course, and now I am taking two.

A. The Office of Financial Aid will be aware of this adjustment after you change your registration in Banner.

Q. I received a summer grant last year. This year I received a smaller amount. Why?

A. Summer grants are based on need from the current academic year. Last year's eligibility would have been based on your need from prior year's financial information. Also, the number of courses you enroll in may impact the amount of summer grant.

Q. I was inactive during the academic year, am I eligible to receive a Summer Grant?

A. If you were on a LOA during the academic year, you may still be eligible for grant funding, however, you will need to contact the Office of Financial Aid for further information.

Q. I am currently a senior at Brown and will be graduating in May 2014, can I receive a Summer Grant?

A. No. Summer grants are available for undergraduate students who are currently receiving Brown University Scholarships during the academic year. You will have finished your undergraduate studies in May 2014 and therefore are not eligible for a Summer Grant.

Q. Is financial aid available for summer classes elsewhere?

A. If you are taking summer courses at an institution other than Brown or studying away but not through the Office of International Programs (OIP), you are eligible to increase your federal loan (Stafford) up to the allowable limit. In this case, it is advised that you visit the Office of Financial Aid during the Spring semester to discuss loan options available to you. University Scholarship and/or Summer Grants are not available for summer study at another institution or study abroad that is not through OIP. The amount of loan you borrow during the summer may impact your borrowing ability during the upcoming academic year. You must be enrolled at least half-time in the summer in order to be eligible for federal loans in the summer.

Q. How do I apply for funds awarded for summer study at another institution?

A. In order to receive federal funds for summer courses at another institution, you will need to complete a Summer Loan Application for Non-Brown Summer Study Away, Consortium Agreement, and process a Refund Request electronically through the Bursar’s Office website. This will allow the Bursar's Office to send your funds to the designated person/institution to pay for your summer educational expenses. You must also be sure to attain Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) approval for your summer study program. Contact the Dean of the College's Office regarding CAS approval. Please visit the Forms section of our website to access the Summer Loan Application and Consortium Agreement.

Q. How do I apply for funds awarded for summer study that is through the Office of International Programs?

A. If you are studying away in the summer on a program through OIP, you are eligible to apply for federal loans through our office. If you are interested in federal loans, you can submit the Summer Loan Application that is available in the Forms section of our website. If you receive University Scholarship during the current academic year, you may be eligible for OIP Summer Grant to assist with summer costs. Contact OIP for more information.

Q. How will taking Summer Courses affect my Student Contribution from Summer Earnings?

A. The Student Contribution from Summer Earnings is a standard contribution required by Brown for all students. Brown expects that a student will earn funds during the summer to contribute toward the following year's academic expenses. The Summer Earnings Expectation is a part of the total Expected Family Contribution (EFC). If a student decides not to work, takes an unpaid internship, or is unable to work due to athletic/academic commitments, the Summer Earnings expectation becomes a part of the student's financial need. When this occurs, most students can convert their Summer Earnings expectation to additional loan funds in order to meet the increase in financial need. The Summer Earnings expectation cannot be replaced with University Scholarship. Outside scholarships may reduce a student's Summer Earnings expectation in certain cases, for further information on when this may occur please review the Outside Scholarship Policy.


Endowed Scholarships

Q. How does receiving an endowed scholarship affect my financial aid award?

A. Receiving an endowed scholarship does not affect your financial aid award. Approximately 25% of University Scholarships are funded by gifts to the University from benefactors. Some benefactors require that the gift be awarded to a student who fulfills specific criteria. If you received a letter indicating that you received an endowed scholarship, it means that your academic and personal profile matches the requirements of a benefactor who endowed a University Scholarship. The amount of University Scholarship that you received is determined by your financial need. Therefore, although you have been asked to thank the organization/benefactor that has established your scholarship, you did not receive any additional University Scholarship funds.