Financial Aid

Financial Aid is no longer available for Summer 2018 Programs

The Dean's Scholarship application deadline was March 15, 2018 and funding is no longer available. We encourage students to view our Fundraising Guide which has been helpful to students in the past.

Brown University Employees: Learn more about our new Brown Employee Pre-College Scholarship for dependents »

Financial Aid: Dean’s Scholarships

Accepted Pre-College students may apply for Dean’s Scholarships, 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.

International students are not eligible for Dean's Scholarships.

Dean’s Scholarship awards are meant to assist students who could not otherwise attend the Pre-College Program. All students are required to submit a $300 program deposit to confirm their attendance, regardless of award status. Students will be able to apply for the Dean’s Scholarship once admitted to a 2018 Pre-College program. A link to the application will be available in the student portal. The Dean's Scholarship fund is limited, and we encourage students to apply as soon as they receive notification of their program acceptance.

Awards are made until funds are depleted and funds may be depleted before the submission deadline. We cannot guarantee that all applicants who apply before the deadline will receive scholarship assistance.

Brown University Employees: Learn more about our new Brown Employee Pre-College Scholarship for dependents »

How to Apply


Scholarship applicants will be considered for aid only once a completed Dean’s Scholarship application has been submitted.

Required Application Materials

  • Students must submit a Dean’s Scholarship application once accepted into a Pre-College program via the student portal.
  • A copy of a filed and signed 2016 or 2017 federal tax return* showing adjusted gross income will be need to be uploaded via application. (Include a copy of each parent's or guardian’s tax return, if filed separately.)
  • Copies of W-2 form(s) from the same year as the submitted tax return will also need to be uploaded.

* The first two pages of a 1040 tax return are required, with the "Profit or Loss from Business" page required only if the taxpayer is self-employed. Do not include supplemental schedules, as they are not required for financial aid determination.

Programs Offering Aid

Aid for our Summer 2018 programs is no longer available.

2018 Application Deadlines

The deadline for the Dean's Scholarship application has passed and funding is no longer available. We encourage students to view our Fundraising Guide below which has been helpful to students in the past. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Application Fee Waivers

During the application process, a student can request a waiver of the application fee. These waivers must be validated by the Pre-College Billing Team. Students may request fee waivers for the following reasons:

  • Student is on a free or reduced lunch program
  • Student is enrolled in school in the Providence Public School District (RI)
  • Student is the dependent of a Brown University Employee
    (See above for a link with more information regarding this option. Your Brown employed parent or guardian will need to sign into this web page.)
  • Student is associated with a partner organization

Students selecting a fee waiver request for one of the above reasons may be required to submit additional documentation. Communication regarding the fee waiver will be sent to the student once the waiver is requested. If the request cannot be validated, the student will be responsible for paying the application fee. Applications will not be reviewed for acceptance to a program until the waiver is validated or the fee is paid. For any questions regarding fee waivers, please contact


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.

Need more information? Email or call 401-863-7900.