Brown School Cost of Attendance Breakdown

The cost of attendance is an estimated value that accounts for major costs associated with studying at the Brown School and is meant to guide students in making informed financial decisions regarding their enrollment. The cost of attendance value is set by the Brown School and includes mandatory tuition and fees, along with the estimated cost of books, supplies, room, board, transportation, professional costs, and personal expenses.

Domestic students may borrow up to the cost of attendance, but reducing living expenses and finding other funding sources can impact the need for these loans.  Students are typically able to fund their degree through a combination of Brown School Scholarship awarded at the time of admission, external scholarships, part-time employment, personal savings, family support, and federal financial aid.

International students have separate funding requirements and can find more information about the Affidavit of Financial Support and funding requirements by reviewing International Student Resources.

2024 -2025 Cost of Attendance (if eligible, domestic students may borrow up to this amount in federal loans)

  • $74,650 for Master of Social Work students
  • $69,280 for Master of Public Health students
  • $74,650 for Master of Social Policy students

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 Fee, 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​
Personal/miscellaneous expenses$4,492
Additional Costs (not included in the cost of attendance)
University Health Insurance*
(subject to change each academic year, pending state approval)
Yellow Zone 1 Parking Permit
(explore all transportation options here)

*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 at a cost of $2,500 – unless proof of comparable coverage is provided from domestic students. International students are not eligible to waive out of the insurance plan and must pay the $2,500 insurance fee. For details about available plans or waiving options, visit Student Health Services(Health insurance fees are pending state approval and are subject to change.)

Federal Financial Aid and FAFSA

Domestic students wishing to be considered for federal financial aid or federal work study must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 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

If you are eligible for federal loans and work study based on your FAFSA results, the Office of Student Financial Services will offer a loan package up to the cost of attendance for that academic year. Students can accept, decrease, or decline their loan package based on their funding plan and other sources of funding.

For additional information about student loans and work study, visit Federal Financial Aid.

Tuition Policies

Per credit hour students who are enrolled less than full-time (8 credit hours or less in the Fall or Spring semester) will be charged tuition on a per credit hour basis per semester. If a full-time student enrolls in hours that exceed the semester enrollment cap, the student will be charged additional tuition at the per credit hour rate for those additional hours.

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 Inside Brown. 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 and Wellness Center. Withdrawals, if approved, will be determined by the Brown School Office of Financial Services.