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Need-Based Scholarships

In addition to merit-based scholarships, the Brown School offers a limited number of need-based scholarships to students who demonstrate the most significant need. 

The application does not need to be completed in one sitting. You will be able to save and return to your application at any point. Once your application is submitted, you will no longer be able to make changes.

Application Requirements:

  • Amount of Outstanding Student Loan Debt, if applicable: Please include federal and/or private loans. You can access your current outstanding federal student loan debt by visiting the National Student Loan Data System and selecting Financial Aid Review. Aggregate private (non-federal) student loan debt must be obtained from the loan servicer(s) directly.
  • Current Household Size and Dependent Care Costs, if applicable. 

Additional Instructions for Domestic Students:

Domestic students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) must complete the following in order to be considered for need-based scholarship:

  • All students: Submit a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as an Independent.
  • If you were born on or after August 26, 1994: Include parent information on the 2020-2021 FAFSA. When filling out the FAFSA, you will be asked if you want to answer questions about your parents; please answer "Yes." If you have already completed the FAFSA without this information, you can log into to edit your submission to include parent info. 
  • Authorize the release of your FAFSA data to Washington University in St. Louis (school code: 002520).
  • Submit the Need-Based application (access at the link below).

Additional Instructions for International Students: 

International students must report all current sources of financial support. Federal law mandates that international students provide a financial affidavit and supporting documents as evidence of support to cover educational and living expenses for the academic year. This allows international students to confirm their intent to enroll and initiates the immigration and visa process. The Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCOF) form will be available to admitted students in spring 2020. Sources of support reported in the DCOF may include merit and need-based scholarship awarded by the Brown School.

While DCOF is required to initiate the immigration and visa process, international students may apply to need-based scholarship before completing the DCOF.

Decision Timeline: 

Need-based scholarship applications are reviewed upon admission to the program. You will receive a need-based application decision within 4-6 weeks of being admitted to the Brown School.  

Access the Need-Based Application


Questions about the Brown School's Need-Based Scholarship Application may be directed to Katie Noonan, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at