Financial Policies and Payment Information

Information (deadlines, policies, payment methods etc.) provided on this website are specific to Brown Pre-College students only. While we have included some information for Pre-Baccalaureate students on this page, students enrolled in credit-bearing courses, including Pre-Baccalaureate students, should refer to the Bursar's Office website for official fees, payment methods and refund policies and processes.

Payment Deadlines

On-Campus and Online Programs (excluding Pre-Baccalaureate)*
Enrolled Date Payment Deadline
Students enrolled by May 22, 2023 May 24, 2023
Students enrolled after May 22, 2023 Due within 48 hours of enrollment
BELL and BEE Programs*
Enrolled Date Payment Deadline
Students enrolled by April 10, 2023 April 12, 2023
Students enrolled after April 10, 2023 Due within 48 hours of enrollment
Pre-Baccalaureate Program†
Enrolled Date Payment Deadline
All Before course start date

*Students whose accounts are not paid-in-full by their payment deadline may be dropped from their course/program. Students who are dropped from their course/program for non-payment of their account balance are not eligible for a deposit refund. 

Pre-Baccalaureate students will be notified by email, to their Brown email address, when their summer billing statement is available in late May. Payment is due upon receipt.

General Information

Students will receive their billing information through notifications, called Student Account Activity Notifications (SAANs), via their Brown University (brown.edu) email address beginning in late March (late May for Pre-Baccalaureate students). SAANs are sent every other week to students who have had changes to their charges since the last notification. 

This notification will direct students to Brown University’s electronic billing system (E-Bill). Students are responsible for viewing and, in most cases, paying their balances on the E-Bill website. SAANs are not sent to parents/guardians and billing statements are not mailed. International students who plan to pay via Flywire will do so directly on the Flywire website but should first confirm their balance due in E-Bill.

Parents/guardians cannot access E-Bill unless they are added as an authorized user by their student. Students are strongly encouraged to add a parent/guardian as an authorized user to their E-Bill account as soon as they sign in. Authorized users are able to view, pay and monitor the student account balance as needed. Please refer to these step-by-step instructions on how to use the E-Bill system. (Pre-Baccalaureate students should refer to the general university E-Bill Guide.)

Pre-College E-Bill allows users to:

  • view, print and download student account balances and transaction history;
  • pay an account balance via credit card (Pre-College non-credit students only) or U.S. checking or savings account;
  • set up authorized users to view and make payments;
  • add an alternative email address for billing notifications; and
  • set up a refund account (only if paying by ACH) for the fastest possible refund in the event of an overpayment.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive SAANs and access the electronic billing system, students must first activate their Brown account and their Brown email account. Complete instructions on activating these accounts will be supplied as part of the Enrollment Forms and Documents checklist in your student portal. If you have any questions regarding your activation email notice, please email precollege@brown.edu.

Brown University accepts payments for Pre-College Programs by: 

  • credit card, through E-Bill (this option is not available if you are enrolled in the Pre-Baccalaureate program);
  • electronic transfer (ACH) for balance payments only, through E-Bill;
  • wire transfer, through Flywire; or
  • personal check or money order (drawn on a U.S. bank).

Credit Card 

Available to domestic and international Pre-College students. This payment option is not available to students enrolled in the Pre-Baccalaureate or other credit-bearing programs.

Credit card payments are accepted for Pre-College student account balances, application fees and deposit payments. Credit card payments are made by the student or an authorized user via E-Bill, at payment.brown.edu. Credit card payments will post immediately to your student account. It may take up to 24 hours for the payment to reflect in your student portal checklist.

Online Electronic Payments (ACH)

Available to students paying their account balance from a personal U.S. checking or savings account.

ACH is accepted for student account balances only (not for deposits). ACH payments are made by the student or an authorized user via E-Bill, at payment.brown.edu. ACH payments can be scheduled for processing on the day of access or at a future date. Only U.S. personal checking or savings accounts are accepted. Debit cards and corporate accounts are not acceptable for the purposes of ACH transactions. Electronic payments will post immediately to your student account and may take up to 48 business hours to post in the  bank account where the funds are being withdrawn. It may take up to 24 hours for the payment to reflect in your student portal checklist.

International Wire Transfers via Flywire 

Available to students paying their account balance from a foreign bank account.  

Brown University has partnered with Flywire to offer a streamlined and cost-saving way for students and  to make international tuition payments. With this partnership, students and parents/guardians are offered:

  • favorable foreign exchange rates;
  • the ability to pay in your home currency (in most cases); and 
  • savings compared to traditional banks.

In addition, students and parents/guardians will be able to track these payment(s) via Flywire's dashboard and will be notified via email (and/or text) when payment is received by Brown. 

Flywire offers around-the-clock multilingual support, via chat, phone, and email. For more information or to initiate a payment, please visit the website: flywire.com/pay/brown.

Check Payments

Accepted, though discouraged due to mail and processing delays.

Deposit payments by check: If you want to pay your deposit by personal check or money order, you should contact us at precollegebilling@brown.edu for instructions. Do not send a deposit payment directly to the Cashier’s Office.

Account balance payments by check: Personal checks or money orders can be sent directly to the Cashier’s Office for student account balance payments, following the instructions below. 

If paying by check or money order you should send your payment well in advance of the payment deadline as students could lose their place in their course/program if payment is not received by the deadline. We are not able to make accommodations for delays in the mail or processing.

Checks should be made payable to Brown University, include the student’s full name and Banner ID number and be sent to:

Brown University
Cashier's Office
69 Brown Street, 2nd Floor
Box 1911
Providence, RI 02912

Students may be subject to additional fees that are not listed in their Course Cart Estimate, such as those listed below.

Item Applicable Programs Charge Notes
Returned ACH or Check Payment All $20 A $20 returned check or ACH fee is assessed for payments returned by Brown’s bank due to insufficient funds, a missing or incorrect bank account number or because the payer stopped the payment.
Lockout On-campus programs only $25 to $40 A $25 to $40 fee is charged each time you lock yourself out of your room, depending on frequency. 
Lock Change On-campus programs only $120 to $460 A $120 to $460 fee is charged if your lock needs to be changed because you lost your key, didn’t return a borrowed key in the time allotted or failed to return your key as instructed at the end of your program. 
Limited Accident and Sickness, Short-Term Insurance Plan On-campus, BELL and U.S.-based BEE programs only $80 All international students, and U.S. students who  do not provide adequate proof that they are enrolled in a health insurance plan, will be charged a fee of $80 for this limited insurance plan for the duration of their program. Students enrolled in a Brown Experiential Education (BEE) program taking place outside of the U.S., are automatically covered by the University’s contract with International SOS. This plan provides all Brown University study abroad participants with 24-hour worldwide medical and travel assistance, accident and sickness insurance, including emergency evacuation, at no additional cost. For more information visit International Travel Information.
Residence Hall Damage Fee On-campus, BELL and BEE programs only Varies Damages to your room or residence hall may result in a fine to cover the cost of repairs.

Application fees are non-refundable.

Deposits are non-refundable, with one exception: if you are enrolled in a course that later gets canceled by Brown Pre-College, and you choose not to enroll in a different course, you should request to be withdrawn from the program and your deposit will be refunded to you. 

If you change your course enrollment (drop one course and add another), any payments you made towards your dropped course will automatically be applied to your new course. 

If you withdraw from the program, you will be refunded for payments made, according to the schedule below. The application fee, deposit (except in the case of course cancellation by Brown Pre-College) and any program-related costs not billed by Brown (e.g., books, travel, etc.) are not eligible for reimbursement by Brown.

IMPORTANT:
  • Self-registration closes five weeks before the course start date for on-campus courses and two weeks before the course start date for online courses. To drop a course after the self-registration period, send your request in writing to precollege@brown.edu. The date of your correspondence will determine your course drop date and eligibility for a refund. You do not need to email us if you are able to drop your course on your own within the self-registration period.
  • If you determine you will not attend the program, you must request to be withdrawn in writing to precollege@brown.edu. The date of your correspondence will determine your withdrawal date and eligibility for a refund. 
  • If you are withdrawn from your course/ program for inactivity or dismissed from the program for disciplinary reasons, you are not eligible for a refund. 
  • No refunds will be granted if you fail to drop a course or fail to withdraw, in writing, as outlined above.

1- or 2-week On-Campus or Online Courses

(Summer@Brown, Leadership Institute, STEM for Rising 9th & 10th Graders)

Course Start Date Withdrawal/Drop Date Refund
June 26, 2023 On or before June 19, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
June 20 to 27, 2023 80% (less $300 deposit)
After June 27, 2023 0%
July 10, 2023 On or before July 3, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
July 4 to 11, 2023 80% (less $300 deposit)
After July 11, 2023 0%
July 17, 2023 On or before July 10, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
July 11 to 18, 2023 80% (less $300 deposit)
After July 18, 2023 0%
July 24, 2023 On or before July 17, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
July 18 to 25, 2023 80% (less $300 deposit)
After July 25, 2023 0%

Please Note: Online students who are reported as inactive by their instructor at the end of the first week will be dropped from their course and are not eligible for a refund.

3-, 4-, 5- or 6-week On-Campus, Online or Hybrid Courses

(Summer@Brown, Leadership Institute)

Course Start Date Withdrawal/Drop Date Refund
June 26, 2023 On or before June 19, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
June 20 to 27, 2023 90% (less $300 deposit)
June 28 to July 1, 2023 50% (less $300 deposit)
After July 1, 2023 0%
July 10, 2023 On or before July 3, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
July 4 to 11, 2023 90% (less $300 deposit)
July 12 to 15, 2023 50% (less $300 deposit)
After July 15, 2023 0%

Please Note: Online students who are reported as inactive by their instructor at the end of the first week will be dropped from their course and are not eligible for a refund.

BELL and BEE Programs

(BELL: Alaska, BELL: Eastern Sierras, BELL: Rhode Island, BEE: Berlin, BEE: Rome, BEE: Segovia, BEE: Washington, D.C.)

Course Start Date Withdrawal/Drop Date Refund
All On or before April 12, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
April 13 to May 3, 2023 75% (less $300 deposit)
May 4 to 24, 2023 50% (less $300 deposit)
After May 24, 2023 0%

Pre-Baccalaureate Program

Fee Withdrawal/Drop Date Refund
Course Fee/Tuition On or before June 18, 2023 100% (less $300 deposit)
June 19 to 22, 2023 80% (less $300 deposit)
June 23 to 27, 2023 50% (less $300 deposit)
After June 27, 2023 0%