Financing Options

Families are encouraged to learn about the various options and make informed financial decisions. If loans are part of your financing plan, learn more about borrowing wisely and the application process.

Financing options available to families include: Brown's Installment Payment Plan (IPP), Federal Direct Loans (Stafford & PLUS), Federal Perkins Loans, Brown University Institutional Loans, Private student loans, and Tuition Prepayment.

The Office of Financial Aid, the Loan Office, and the Bursar Office are available to provide information about financing options and to assist families with developing a financing plan.


Families are strongly encouraged to review the Educational Financing section of the Financial Aid website. The section includes the "Financing a Brown Education Planner" - a brochure and worksheet prepared by the Office of Financial Aid to help families develop a financial plan.


Graduate School financial aid at Brown is mostly merit based and awarded by individual departments and programs through the Graduate School. Outside of any funding provided by the Graduate School, the Office of Financial Aid assists students in determining their eligibility for additional resources, including federal or private student loans. 


The Alpert Medical School (AMS) Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting students who may not have the financial resources to meet the full cost of attending medical school. When a student and his or her family have a demonstrated financial need, a variety of financial aid options are available from AMS institutional and external sources.