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Tuition & Fees

Brown University tuition for regular full-time students in the 2014-2015 academic year is $46,408 ($5,801 per course). For Ph.D. students, a full-time student is someone registered for three or more courses per semester. For master's students, full-time status depends on the structure of the program (e.g. in some semesters of some programs a two-course load is considered full-time). Master's students are responsible for knowing the structure of their program and structuring their course work accordingly in consultation with their DGS. Students cannot necessarily assume that the cost for part-time matriculation is based on the number of courses taken. Students contemplating a part-time course load should consult with the Registrar to determine potential financial ramifications of a part-time course load.

In addition to the financial considerations of part-time status, students need to consider two other issues. First, two courses per semester is usually enough to maintain eligibility for student loan deferrals on any existing student loans. However, students with existing loans should confirm with their specific loan agreements before opting out of full-time status. Second, international students must have full-time status in all semesters except the last semester in order to maintain a lawful immigration status.

Tuition-Unit Requirements for the Master's Degree: Master's degree students must pay tuition for a minimum of eight tuition units. Some programs require more than eight tuition units to complete the requirements to earn the master's degree. 

Tuition-Unit Requirements for the Ph.D.: While actively enrolled, all Ph.D. students must pay tuition at the full-time rate.  The minimum tuition requirement to receive a degree is the equivalent of three years of full-time study. Students within the five year guarantee period will be charged tuition at the full-time rate but will a receive tuition scholarship via their appointment.  Students on external funding within the five year guarantee will receive supplemental funding to cover tuition and fees. Students in humanities and social science programs beyond the five year guarantee may seek a tuition scholarship via either the dissertation completion or dissertation extension process. (The academic program must submit the request.) After the residency requirement has been met, Ph.D. students may continue to enroll in additional course work and receive academic credit.

Transfer Credit: The University grants a limited amount of tuition credit for related graduate work done at other institutions. See the Graduate School Handbook for details on allowable transfer credit.

Tuition and Funding: Full-time students holding appointments such as teaching and research assistants and proctors may take no more than three courses per semester, and are considered full-time students. For more information on tuition regulations, please consult the Office of the Registrar

Tuition-Unit Credit versus Academic Credit: In order to receive academic credit, tuition must be paid in full. Tuition credit, however, remains even if the student fails a course or does not register for as many courses as were paid for. See the Graduate School Handbook for complete details of the relationship between tuition-unit credit and academic credit.

Dissertation Filing Fee: Students who are inactive and returning from an approved leave of absence solely for the purpose of defending and filing the dissertation or thesis, and who meet the conditions established by the Graduate School shall, for the semester in which the dissertation or thesis is submitted, be charged a filing fee of $150. This amount does not include the $50 dissertation handling fee. Refer to additional dissertation information for details.

Withdrawal & Refund PolicyFederal regulations require that the University have a fair and equitable refund policy for recipients of federal student aid (including the Federal PLUS Loan) who withdraw on or after the first day of a class for a period of enrollment for which the student was charged.  Brown University adheres to the federal Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 and its updates regarding Title IV financial aid programs. The University also has a refund policy that addresses the handling of institutional charges when a student withdraws or takes a leave during the semester.  The University’s Refund Policy and Return of Title IV Funds procedures are independent of one another.  A student who withdraws from the University or withdraws from a course may be required to return unearned aid and still may owe funds to the University. See here for details

Readmission Fee: Students on leave seeking to return to active status in their program must pay a readmission fee of 3.125% of annual tuition, in addition to the tuition charge appropriate for their status in the program. Students who re-enroll either after a medical leave or after a leave approved by the Dean of the Graduate School for care of a newborn child or a newly adopted child, or for other extraordinary circumstances, will not be charged a reactivation fee.  

Health Services Fee: Students should make every effort to address health problems through University Health Services before consulting with a private physician. Full-time students are billed for a University Health Services fee, which totals $712 for 2014-15, and covers usage of this facility and its services during the academic year. Fully supported doctoral students do not need to pay the Health Services Fee for the fall and spring semesters. University Health Services charges a separate fee for summer coverage; all students on campus during the summer are individually responsible for the fee. 

Health Insurance Fee: An insurance fee of $3,225 is charged for annual coverage (student only) for 2014-15, beginning on August 15 and ending on the following August 15.

Late Registration and Course-Change Fees: Consult the Office of the Registrar for course-related information. 

Student Activity Fee: All graduate students are required to pay a student activity fee of $56 for the academic year of 2014-15. 

Student Recreation Fee: All Brown University students are required to pay a recreation fee of $64 for the academic year. The fee covers access to all recreational and fitness facilities and entrance to athletic events. It does not cover intramural team participation or physical education classes. 

Billing Policies and Procedures: The University Bursar is responsible for handling all student-billing questions. For information, deadlines, or forms related to tuition, billing, payment plans, and refund policies, refer to the Brown University Student Billing Guide, available on the bursar’s website. University support (fellowships, teaching assistantships, etc.) will appear as a credit on the bills of students receiving such assistance.  

Deadlines: Payment of tuition and fees is due by August 1 for the first semester, and by January 1 for the second semester. Students are responsible for paying their fees on time. The bill for fall semester charges will be mailed during the summer, so students moving to Providence at that time should make sure the bill is sent to an address where they will be sure to receive it in time to make the necessary payments. All accounts must be settled with the bursar before students will receive their degrees.