Tuition and Fees for the 2016-2017 Academic Year
Brown University tuition for regular full-time students in the 2016-2017 academic year is $50,224 ($6,278 per course). For Ph.D. students, a full-time student is someone registered for three or more courses per semester. For master’s students, full-time status depends on the structure of the program (e.g. in some semesters of some programs a two-course load is considered full-time). Master’s students are responsible for knowing the structure of their program and structuring their course work accordingly in consultation with their DGS. Students cannot necessarily assume that the cost for part-time matriculation is based on the number of courses taken. Students contemplating a part-time course load should consult with the Registrar to determine potential financial ramifications of a part-time course load.
In addition to the financial considerations of part-time status, students need to consider two other issues. First, two courses per semester is usually enough to maintain eligibility for student loan deferrals on any existing student loans. However, students with existing loans should confirm with their specific loan agreements before opting out of full-time status. Second, international students must have full-time status in all semesters except the last semester in order to maintain a lawful immigration status.
Tuition-Unit Requirements for the Master’s Degree: Master’s degree students must pay tuition for a minimum of eight tuition units. Some programs require more than eight tuition units to complete the requirements to earn the master’s degree.
Tuition-Unit Requirements for the Ph.D.: While actively enrolled, all Ph.D. students must pay tuition at the full-time rate. The minimum tuition requirement to receive a degree is the equivalent of three years of full-time study. Students within the five year guarantee period will be charged tuition at the full-time rate but will receive a full tuition scholarship. Students on external funding within the five year guarantee will receive supplemental funding to cover tuition and fees. Students in humanities and social science programs beyond the five year guarantee may seek a tuition scholarship via either the dissertation completion or dissertation extension process. (The academic program must submit the request.) After the residency requirement has been met, Ph.D. students may continue to enroll in additional course work and receive academic credit.