Facts about financial aid

Academic Year — 2013-2014
As of September 2013

Freshmen Class (Class of 2017) — only

  • 46% of the Class of 2017 is receiving need-based scholarship aid, which includes Brown University scholarship, federal and state need-based scholarships and grants.
    • The average need-based scholarship for the Class of 2017 is $39,327
  • 49% of the Class of 2017 receiving a need-based award, which includes federal and state grants and need-based work-study and loans
    • The average need-based award for the Class of 2017 is $43,427

All Undergraduates

  • $95.1 Million — The amount of Brown University need-based scholarship for 2013-14.
  • $99.5 Million — The amount of need-based scholarship budgeted for 2013-14, which included University Scholarship and estimated federal Pell Grants.
  • 44% of all undergraduates are receiving need-based scholarship aid, which includes federal and state need-based scholarship and grants
    • The average need-based scholarship for all undergraduates is $35,823
  • 46% of all undergraduates are receiving need-based aid, which includes federal and state grants and need-based work-study and loans.
    • The average need-based financial aid award for all undergraduates is $43,110

Loan Information

  • 1,764 Undergraduate student with no loans in their initial financial aid awards.
  • 64% Percent of students on financial aid with no loans in their initial financial aid awards.

Total number of University Scholarship Recipients = 2610

General Financial Aid Information

  • Brown meets 100% of a student’s full demonstrated financial need
  • 88% of all undergraduates who applied for financial aid received a need-based aid award
  • 36% of undergraduate students receiving financial aid have a $0 contribution from parents’ income

Federal Pell Grant Recipients:

The number of students eligible for Pell Grants (need based Federal grants for low income students) has continued to increase over the last two years. Below is a summary of Pell Grant recipients at Brown for the last four years.

Academic YearNumber of RecipientsPell Grant Funding
2010-11 984 $4,836 000
2011-12 928 $3,885,000
2012-13 973 $4,069,000
2013-141,044 $4,367,886

Sidney E. Frank Scholars:

Approximately 32 new Sidney Frank scholars are selected each year at the time of admission. These students are selected by a committee in the Office of Financial Aid and historically have the lowest family incomes. (The average annual family income for all Frank Scholars in 2012-13 is just over $18,000). The Committee also considers other selection factors such as parents’ employment history and other personal circumstances.

Academic Year
2013-14
Number of Students Average Frank Scholarship Total Frank Scholarship
Freshmen 32 $46,462 $1,582,790
Upper-class 96 $48,856 $4,690,134
Total 128 $49,007 $6,272,924

International Students:

The University Scholarship budget for international students has significantly increased since 2007-08. In 2007-08, 115 international students received need-based scholarship with a total scholarship expenditure of $3.8 million. For the current 2013-14 academic year, 223 international undergraduates will receive roughly $9.7M in need-based scholarship.

Academic Year
2013-14
Number of Students Average Scholarship Total Scholarship
Freshmen 53 $46,186 $2,447,881
Upper-class 170 $42,705 $7,259,780
Total 223 $43,532 $9,707,661
  • 100% The amount of self help (student summer earnings expectation, loan and work) students can replace with outside scholarships
  • 65% of the Class of 2013 graduated without having to borrow student loans while at Brown
  • The average hourly wage for students who work on campus is $9.90

For more information about financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website.