Brown School Cost of Attendance Breakdown

Total cost of attendance (COA) is comprised of tuition, mandatory fees, and estimated living expenses. For the 2024-2025 academic year, the Brown School’s COA is $74,650 for MSW and MSP students and $69,280 for MPH students. This means that depending on your program, you can borrow a maximum of $74,650 or $69,280 for the 2024-25 academic year.

Required Cost
(MSW and MSP) Annual tuition (divided between fall and spring semesters)$48,010
(MPH) Annual tuition (divided between fall and spring semesters)$42,640
Mandatory fees (Health & Wellness, Brown School Activity Fee)​$766
Estimated Cost
Housing & Food (room, board, groceries)​$16,826
Books/supplies (reading materials, laptop, etc.)​$1,832
Transportation (gas, ride services, car repairs)$1,724
Professional costs (practicum, LMSW exam, CPH exam, etc.)$1,000​
University Health Insurance** (See details at Student Health Services.)
Subject to change for the 2024-25 academic year, pending state approval.
Yellow Zone 3 Parking Permit, 2024-25.**
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*Tuition and fees are subject to change each year.
**Not included in overall cost of attendance estimate.

Aside from tuition and fees, the amounts displayed are simply estimates to help you gauge your approximate cost of attendance.

For example, the maximum amount an MPH student can borrow is $69,280. This amount includes tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses as shown above ($42,640 tuition + $26,640 estimated living expenses = $69,280 total COA).

We understand that everyone’s financial situation varies, and you should avoid borrowing more than you can comfortably repay.

For additional information about student loans: Federal Financial Aid 

Please schedule a time with Brown School Office of Student Financial Services representative to discuss your individual borrowing needs.

Note: All Washington University students are required to carry health insurance. Full-time graduate students on the Danforth Campus are automatically enrolled in (and billed for) the basic student health insurance plan unless proof of comparable coverage is provided. (International students are not eligible to waive out of the insurance plan.) For details about available plans or waiving options, visit Student Health Services.


To apply for loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It takes around ten days for the school to receive the FAFSA report. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all necessary documents and meet required deadlines. The FAFSA code for Washington University in St. Louis is 002520.


Students considering withdrawing from the Brown School are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to discuss all options and assess the possible consequences to their academic record. They should contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, as well as the Brown School Office of Financial Services. The timing of a withdrawal may have an impact on both academic credits and tuition charges. To withdraw, a formal procedure is required:

  1. Complete the Request to Withdraw form on the Brown School Hub. The effective date of withdrawal will determine the student’s grades and any tuition refund.
  2. Meet with the director of the Brown School Office of Financial Services, who will advise the student regarding tuition and financial aid implications.

Students who withdraw after the tenth week of the semester must be approved by either Student Health Services or the Habif Health & Wellness Center. Withdrawals, if approved, will be determined by the Brown School Office of Financial Services.

If you have any questions about financial aid, contact the Brown School Office of Student Financial Services.