Students who have the potential to thrive at Brown come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Many require significant financial aid to pursue higher education, and Brown is committed to opening doors for them. That’s why financial aid is the fastest growing portion of the University’s budget.
This year, their needs are even more acute. Due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, students who had not previously sought financial aid must do so.
"Planning for this academic year was complicated by the unexpected and unknown impacts of COVID-19 on our students’ lives," says Dean of Financial Aid Jim Tilton. "We expected a substantial increase in the need for financial aid, and we expected applications from students who never needed aid before."
In preparation for this, Brown granted summer earnings waivers to all aided students, decreased the percentages used to calculate parent contributions, and committed to purchasing airfare directly to assist international students. These changes are the kind of actions that will enable promising young scholars to continue their journeys despite unforeseen challenges.
All facets of Brown’s financial aid program aim to increase opportunity. These resources don’t just make it possible for students to choose Brown; they also give them the flexibility they need to become the person they were meant to be.
We spoke to two Brunonian leaders—senior Roysworth Grant III and entrepreneur Angelique (Angel) Brunner ’94— about the ways in which financial aid has changed their lives.