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Can You Afford Brown University?

Concerned about paying for college? Take a look at Brown’s financial aid options, including grants, scholarships, and student loans, then calculate the net price based on your income level to determine if you can afford to attend this school.

2020 - 2021 Costs Between $6,645 and $80,336

Feeling a little stressed about paying $80,336 to attend Brown University each year? This number can be deceiving, and for many, the net price you pay will be less.

While there is no tuition reduction for Rhode Island students, 43.8% of freshmen receive some form of financial aid, with the average amount totaling $46,674. Students from low-income families receive an average of $73,691 in aid during their first year.

Cost (no aid)

Tuition and fees$60,584
+ Room and board$15,908
+ Other expenses$3,844
Total cost$80,336
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Net Price (with average aid)

Total cost$80,336
- Grants and scholarships$46,674
Net price$33,662
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Average Net Price for Low Income Undergraduates

Total cost$80,336
- Grants and scholarships$73,691
Net price$6,645
Affordability Score (98 out of 100)
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Learn more about tuition and fees, room, board and other expenses, and financial aid options at Brown.

Projected Costs Between $42,457 and $512,513 For a Four Year Degree. Between $18,468 and $245,793 For a Two Year Degree.

Looking at the total projected cost of a college education over the course of two / four (or more) years can feel a little overwhelming. However, doing so will help better prepare you for the financial commitment you are making.

The overall cost for on-campus students to attend Brown in 2020 - 2021 was $80,336. To calculate future costs, we looked at the prior five years of data and determined that this cost increased an average of 4.2% each year. If this trend continues, we expect the full cost for incoming freshmen to be $87,176 during their first year. By their senior year, that cost will be approximately $98,542 for a bachelor degree candidate ($90,811 for an associate degree candidate) for a total of $371,127 over the course of four years ($177,987 over the course of two years). These numbers do not take into consideration financial aid, which reduces this overall cost by varying amounts per student.

Remember, the full costs quoted above are not what most students will pay, and the net price varies quite a bit based on individual circumstances.

Average Net Price at Brown University

Cost With Interest

The tables below outlines how the overall degree net cost can vary depending on your situation. This table also highlights the impact student loans can have on the overall cost of college.

Projected 2-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*8.6%4.2%
Freshman year$8,631$39,730$87,176
Senior year$9,837$43,163$90,811
Total 2-year net price$18,468$82,893$177,987
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$7,036$31,579$67,806
Total monthly payment$213$954$2,048
Total amount paid$25,504$114,472$245,793
Projected 4-Year Net CostsLow Income w/ Aidw/ Average AidNo Aid
Annual growth rate*8.6%4.2%
Freshman year$8,631$39,730$87,176
Senior year$12,778$50,943$98,542
Total 4-year net price$42,457$180,728$371,127
10-year loan interest @ 6.8%$16,175$68,851$141,386
Total monthly payment$489$2,080$4,271
Total amount paid$58,632$249,579$512,513

Visit net price and financial aid to learn more about the total cost of attending Brown University.

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