APPLICATION OPENS DECEMBER 3 FOR SUMMER 2020

Financial Aid

Brown University Pre-College Programs is committed to making our programs more accessible to students from all backgrounds. As such, we offer financial assistance to qualifying students in the form of application fee waivers and scholarships. Most aid is need-based and requires a separate financial aid application. Scholarship funds are limited, so we encourage interested students to apply to a program as early as possible in order to meet the scholarship deadline and before funds are exhausted (which could happen before the scholarship deadline). Please explore our varied financial aid opportunities listed below to see if you are eligible and to learn how to apply.

Application Fee Waivers

During the application process, qualifying students can request a waiver of the application fee if they meet certain criteria. Waiver requests must be validated by the Pre-College billing team. Students may request a fee waiver for the following reasons:

  • Student is approved for a free or reduced school lunch program for the current year, including school-wide free lunch programs;
  • Student is enrolled in a school in the Providence Public School District/PPSD (RI);
  • Student is associated with a partner organization, and is named a Partner Scholar Nominee by that organization. (Students will need to select their partner organization from a drop down list when requesting a partner fee waiver. Only listed partner organizations are eligible);
  • Student is the dependent of a benefits-eligible Brown University employee who has been employed by the university for at least 6 months.

Students selecting a fee waiver request for one of the above reasons may be required to submit supporting documentation. Communication regarding the fee waiver will be sent to the student via email once the waiver is requested. If the fee waiver request is denied, the student will be responsible for paying the application fee, or withdrawing their application. Applications will only be reviewed for acceptance to a program once the waiver is approved or the fee is paid.

Approval of an application fee waiver request does not automatically qualify you for additional financial aid in the form of a scholarship. Please explore our website for additional information on scholarship opportunities that may be available to accepted students (most requiring a separate scholarship application, submitted by a specified deadline).

For any questions regarding application fee waivers, please contact precollegescholarships@brown.edu.

Dean's Scholarships

Accepted, qualified, Pre-College students may apply for a Dean's Scholarship. Dean's Scholarships are awarded to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and students who hold undocumented or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status and are enrolled in a U.S. high school, who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Need is determined by considering several factors, including family income, family size, number of siblings in college, and housing expenses.

Dean's Scholarship awards are meant to provide financial assistance to students who could not otherwise attend a Pre-College Program due to cost. All students, including Dean's Scholarship recipients are required to submit a $300 non-refundable program deposit to secure a spot in the summer program. If financial assistance is essential to your ability to attend the program, we recommend that you wait to pay the $300 non-refundable deposit until you have received your scholarship award decision.

Students will be able to apply for a Dean's Scholarship after they are accepted to a 2020 Pre-College Program. Once accepted, a link to the Dean's Scholarship application will be available in the Financial Aid section of the Student Portal. The Dean's Scholarship fund is limited, so we encourage students to apply as soon as they receive notification of their program acceptance.

Awards are made until scholarship funds are depleted, which could occur before the application submission deadline. We cannot guarantee that all applicants who apply for aid will receive scholarship assistance.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for a Dean's Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, or hold undocumented or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status and be enrolled in a U.S. high school;
  • Demonstrate financial need (tax forms and W2s will be required for submission);
  • Be accepted into a Brown Pre-College Program;
  • Complete an application, which includes uploading any required documentation by the application deadline.

*International students are not eligible for Dean's Scholarships.

Application Deadline: March 18, 2020

The above deadline is specific to the Dean's Scholarship. Since you cannot apply for a Dean's Scholarship until you are accepted to a program, and program application review takes 10-15 business days, you should apply to a program as early as possible in order to meet the scholarship application deadline. Please plan your timing accordingly!

Programs Offering Aid

All summer 2020 Pre-College academic programs are offering aid through the Dean's Scholarship. Dean's Scholarships are not available for Brown Sports Camps.

Award Amounts and Usage

  • Dean Scholarship award amounts vary depending on the family's calculated ability to pay and the cost of their program. Minimally, all students must pay the $300 program deposit.
  • Dean's Scholarships may only be applied towards one course per year, regardless of the number of courses a student enrolls in. (This includes courses taken through the Berklee-Brown Creative Entrepreneurship Program.)
  • Dean's Scholarship awards are applied to program fees only.  Program fees include tuition, room, and board. For commuter students, the award applies to tuition only.
  • Dean's Scholarship awards do not cover any portion of textbooks, supplemental fees (if applicable), health insurance (if applicable), travel to and from campus, or other related expenses.

How to Apply for a Dean's Scholarship

Upon acceptance to a Pre-College Program, a financial aid application link will become available in the Financial Aid section of the Student Portal.

The required materials to be completed in, or uploaded to, the Student Portal are:

  • A Dean's Scholarship application;
  • Parents' or guardians' filed and signed 2018 or 2019 federal tax return* showing adjusted gross income. (Include a copy of each parent's tax return, if filed separately.)
  • Copies of all W-2(s) from the same year as the submitted tax return.
  • Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business, (or K-1) if the taxpayer is self-employed.

*Only the first two pages of a Form 1040 tax return are required, with the "Profit or Loss from Business" page required only if the taxpayer is self-employed. Do not include any other supplemental schedules, as they are not required for financial aid determination. Please strike out all social security numbers and bank routing information on your tax documentation before uploading.

Scholarship applicants will be considered for aid once a completed Dean's Scholarship application and all supporting materials have been submitted. Please allow 5-7 business days for application review. 

Accepting a Dean's Scholarship

If offered a Dean's Scholarship, you will accept the award by paying your $300 non-refundable deposit and enrolling in a course within the time period indicated in your award letter. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the award.

For any questions regarding the Dean's Scholarship, please contact precollegescholarships@brown.edu

Scholarships for Providence Public School District (PPSD) Students

In partnership with the Providence Public School District, Brown Pre-College Programs seek to help district students access summer academic opportunities that may otherwise be out of reach due to cost.  PPSD students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for partial or full scholarships.

Accepted Pre-College students currently attending a PPSD school may apply for a PPSD Scholarship.  Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Need is determined by considering several factors, including family income, family size, number of siblings in college, and housing expenses.

Students will be able to apply for the PPSD Scholarship once admitted to a 2020 Pre-College Program. Once accepted, a link to the PPSD Scholarship application will be available in the Financial Aid section of the Student Portal. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notification of their program acceptance.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for a PPSD Scholarship, a student must:

  • Attend a PPSD district school, as determined by their most recent transcript;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Be accepted into a Brown Pre-College Program;
  • Complete the PPSD Scholarship application by the application deadline.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

The above deadline is specific to the PPSD Scholarship. Since you cannot apply for a PPSD Scholarship until you are accepted to a program, and program application review takes 10-15 business days, you should apply to a program as early as possible in order to meet the scholarship application deadline.

Awards are made until scholarship funds are depleted, which could occur before the application submission deadline. We cannot guarantee that all applicants who apply for aid will receive scholarship assistance.

Programs Offering Aid

All summer 2020 Pre-College academic programs are offering aid through the PPSD Scholarship. PPSD Scholarship are not available for Brown Sports Camps.

Award Amounts and Usage

  • PPSD Scholarship award amounts vary depending on the family's calculated ability to pay.
  • PPSD Scholarships may only be applied towards one course per year, regardless of the number of courses a student enrolls in. (This includes courses taken through the Berklee-Brown Creative Entrepreneurship Program.)
  • PPSD scholarships are applied to program fees, and course supplemental fees (if applicable). Program fees include tuition, room, and board. Supplemental fees, if any, are shown in the course descriptions in the course catalog.  For commuter students, the award will apply to tuition only, except in the case of full scholarships, which will cover course supplemental fees (if applicable) as well.
  • PPSD Scholarships do not cover textbooks, travel, health insurance (if applicable), or other related expenses.

How to Apply for a PPSD Scholarship

Upon acceptance to a Pre-College Program, a financial aid application link will become available in the Financial Aid section of the Student Portal.

The required materials to be completed in, or uploaded to, the Student Portal are:

  • A PPSD Scholarship application;
  • Supporting documentation is generally not required, but may be requested at a later date if clarification is needed.

Scholarship applicants will be considered for aid once a completed PPSD Scholarship application has been submitted. Please allow 5-7 business days for application review. 

Note: An Application Guide for PPSD Students is shared with the School District in December or January for the current year's application cycle. If you are unsure of how to apply as a PPSD student, please speak to the Lead Guidance Counselor at your school.

Accepting a PPSD Scholarship

If offered a PPSD Scholarship, you will accept the award by replying to the email containing your scholarship offer and enrolling in a course within the time period specified in your award letter.  Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the award.

For any questions regarding PPSD Scholarships, please contact precollegescholarships@brown.edu.

Partner Scholarships

For over a decade, Brown Pre-College Programs have partnered with schools, community organizations, foundations, and other groups serving students who may wish to attend a pre-college program.  Brown now welcomes over 300 Partner Scholars to campus every summer. Thanks to the dedication of our partner organizations to provide summer learning opportunities to students, and their generous financial support, we are able to increase the reach of our own scholarship dollars.

Brown Partner Scholarship eligibility is determined by partner organization nomination only.  Partner Scholars should only apply if directed to do so by a partner organization.  Joyce Ivy applicants must apply for a scholarship through the Joyce Ivy Foundation and be named a Summer Scholar to be eligible for a Partner Scholarship.

To ensure that you are identified as a Partner Scholar Nominee, simply request the partner fee waiver when submitting your application, and we will verify your eligibility.

Eligibility

In order to qualify for a Partner Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be nominated by a current partner organization (you will see our list of current partners when you select the partner application fee waiver option in your Pre-College application);
  • Demonstrate financial need (as confirmed by the partner organization);
  • Be accepted into a Pre-College Program;
  • Complete any financial aid application process that may be required directly by your partner organization. (Not all partner organizations require a financial aid application.)

Application Deadline: Varies by Partner Organization

Brown does not have a specific Partner Scholarship application deadline. Each partner organization has its own unique process for determining who to nominate to apply to Brown, and nomination deadlines vary from partner to partner. Aside from the deadlines set by the partner organizations, the primary concern of any Partner Scholar will be with completing their application, and being accepted into a program while space is still available in that program, or in a particular course of interest. Partner Scholar Nominees should apply as soon as they are instructed to do so by their partner organization, preferably before April 30, 2020.

Programs Offering Aid

Except as limited by the partner organizations, Partner Scholarships are available for most 2020 Pre-College Programs. Partner Scholars most typically attend Summer@Brown, STEM, The Leadership Institute, or BELL Rhode Island. Partner Scholarships are not available for Brown Sports Camps.

Award Amounts and Usage

  • Partner Scholarships may only be applied towards one course. (This includes courses taken through the Berklee-Brown Creative Entrepreneurship Program.)
  • Partner Scholarship awards are applied to program fees and supplemental fees.  Program fees include tuition, room, and board. Supplemental fees, if any, are shown in the course descriptions in the course catalog. 
  • Partner Scholarship awards do not cover textbooks, travel, health insurance (if applicable), or other related expenses; however, many partner organizations provide assistance in these areas directly.
  • Partner Scholars are typically able to finance the full cost of their Brown Pre-College Program through a combination of the Partner Scholarship and financial assistance from their partner organization; however, each partner organization has its own methodology for determining individual awards. Some Partner Scholars may need to pay for some portion of their costs.

How to Apply for a Partner Scholarship

Brown does not require submission of a financial aid application for Partner Scholarships; however, your partner organization may have their own requirements that necessitate that you  complete and submit an aid application to them.

Partner organizations will nominate students based on known financial need, and will inform us of your expected Pre-College Program application.  Partner Scholars are considered for acceptance to a Pre-College Program based on the same criteria used for all applicants.

Note: An Application Guide for Partner Scholars is shared with partner organizations in December or January for the current year's application cycle.  If you are unsure of how to apply as a Partner Scholar Nominee, please ask your partner organization for a copy.

Accepting a Partner Scholarship

A Partner Scholars' primary point of contact to confirm participation in a Brown Summer Program and acceptance of a Partner Scholarship is through their partner organization. Brown will be in regular communication with your partner organization regarding your application progress and aid status.

If you are accepted into a program, you will be asked to confirm that you plan to attend the Brown program that you applied to, and will then be permitted to enroll in a course. If, after enrollment, you are not awarded a Partner Scholarship, or you are unable to attend for another reason, you can withdraw from the program at any time before your course starts without financial penalty. (We ask that you notify us of any withdrawal decision as soon as your plans are confirmed as a courtesy to other students who may be waiting for a spot in the program.) Declining an offer of acceptance or withdrawing from a program indicates that you will not accept a Partner Scholarship. 

If your partner organization is unable to address any concerns you may have, please email us, or ask your partner organization to email us, at precollegescholarships@brown.edu.

Accepting a Partner Scholarship Partner-Specific: Joyce Ivy Foundation

Scholarship applicants will receive their scholarship application decision directly from the Joyce Ivy Foundation by the date provided on their website.  Awardees are named Summer Scholars by the Foundation. Brown will then notify Summer Scholars of any additional Partner Scholarship aid by email. Summer Scholars will be required to confirm to both Brown and The Joyce Ivy Foundation that they accept the respective offers.  Students who are not awarded a Joyce Ivy Scholarship will not be awarded a Partner Scholarship, and in such cases they may choose to withdraw from the program or pay for the course in full.  Brown will email students who are not awarded a Partner Scholarship to verify whether they plan to attend.

Partner Scholar Application Fee Waivers

All Partner Scholar Nominees are eligible to receive an application fee waiver by selecting the partner fee waiver option in the application, and selecting their partner organization from a list of current partners.  Partner organizations provide Brown with a roster of Partner Scholar Nominees, which allows us to verify your partner status.  Students who are not affiliated with a current partner organization should not request this type of fee waiver.

If you are unsure of your eligibility as a Partner Scholar, please speak with your partner organization or email precollegescholarships@brown.edu.

Brown University Employee Dependent Scholarships

Qualified Brown employee dependents are eligible for an application fee waiver, and if admitted to a non-credit summer Pre-College Program, are guaranteed to receive a 10% Employee Dependent Scholarship. Brown employee dependents are also eligible to apply for a Dean's Scholarship if they would like to be considered for additional need-based support.

Eligibility

  • Student must be the dependent of a benefits-eligible Brown employee who has completed at least 6 months of employment at the time of the student's application to the Pre-College Program. 

Application Deadline

There is no Employee Dependent Scholarship application deadline, however, students are always encouraged to apply early for the best selection of available courses. Brown employee dependents who also plan to apply for a Dean's Scholarship have an extended deadline of May 31 to do so. Please contact precollegescholarships@brown.edu if applying for a Dean's Scholarship after the standard deadline of March 18, 2020.

Programs Offering Aid

All non-credit summer 2020 Pre-College academic programs are offering aid through the Brown Employee Dependent Scholarship. The application fee waiver and scholarship cannot be applied towards Brown Summer Session (for-credit), Pre-Baccalaureate Program (for-credit), Brown Sports Camps, or Pre-College courses offered during the regular academic year.

Award Amounts and Usage

  • Employee Dependent Scholarships may only be applied towards one course per year, regardless of the number of courses a student enrolls in. (This includes courses taken through the Berklee-Brown Creative Entrepreneurship Program.)
  • Employee Dependent Scholarship awards are calculated as 10% of the student's program fees. Program fees include tuition, room, and board. For commuter students, the award applies to tuition only.
  • Employee Dependent Scholarship awards do not cover any portion of textbooks, supplemental fees (if applicable), health insurance (if applicable), travel to and from campus, or other related expenses.

How to Apply

  • During the Brown Pre-College Program application process, select the option to request an application fee waiver and answer ‘yes' to the question asking if you are a Brown University employee dependent.
  • This will bring you to a verification form, which must be completed by the Brown-employed parent/guardian. (The form will require entry of the parent/guardian's 6-digit Workday ID, which can be found to the right of their name when signing in to Workday.)
  • You will receive notification of your fee waiver approval or denial via email and in the Student Portal. There is no further action needed to request the Employee Dependent Scholarship. Once a student is accepted and enrolls in the program/course of their choice, fees will be assessed and the Brown Employee Dependent Scholarship will be posted to the student's account.

Please Note: Anyone planning to also apply for a Dean's Scholarship should do so as soon as the student receives their notice of acceptance to a program. The Dean's Scholarship requires a completed application, including supporting materials, before the extended application deadline for Brown employee dependents of May 31. Please see the Dean's Scholarship section for additional details. 

Accepting a Brown Employee Dependent Scholarship

No action is required in order to accept the Employee Dependent Scholarship. The 10% award will automatically be applied to the student's account within 5-7 business days of course enrollment.

For any questions regarding the Brown University Pre-College Employee Dependent Scholarship or fee waiver, please contact precollegescholarships@brown.edu.

Fundraising

Each year, admitted students work with their extended families, friends, neighbors, schools, and communities to fund program fees and transportation. View our Fundraising Guide for valuable information on how to clarify your costs, define your resources, and set a fundraising goal. In past years, students have been successful in obtaining scholarships from community organizations, local businesses, and private funding agencies willing to fund motivated students.

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