How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid

It is recommended that students apply for financial aid as early as possible in order to allow sufficient time for application processing. Financial aid must be approved and all necessary documentation must be completed before the aid can be applied toward tuition and fees.

Financial aid is awarded on an award year and academic year basis; therefore it may be necessary to reapply for financial aid more than once during the calendar year, depending on the date of the student’s enrollment. Students who need additional information and guidance should contact the Financial Aid Office.

To Get Started
Students who want to apply for federal aid (and state aid if applicable), must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. FAFSA applications are processed through the Department of Education, and all information is confidential. You can follow the steps below to begin the process

  1. Gather the documents you’ll need to apply, including income tax returns (most likely yours and your parents’), W-2 forms, and other records of income, as well as your identification documents (social security card and driver’s license).
  2. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, is the single application needed to apply for all sources of federal student aid. The FAFSA can be completed online at It helps to complete and sign the FAFSA electronically to expedite the process. In April, the PIN, which previously allowed students to “electronically sign” the FAFSA, will be replaced by a FSA ID. A FSA ID can be obtained by visiting and clicking on the link to register. If you are a dependent student for aid purposes, both you and your parent will require a FSA ID to sign the application electronically. All students and parents who already have a PIN will have the option to link that PIN to their new FSA ID.

To Get Help
Brown College's financial aid representatives are available to assist you if you have any questions about the financial aid process.

*Financial aid is available for those who qualify.