Graduate Student Funding and Support

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance is a combination of direct charges and estimated indirect expenses.

  • Standard direct charges are tuition and mandatory fees; these will appear on your Brown billing statement.
  • Standard indirect expenses include: housing, meals, books and supplies, travel (if applicable) and personal expenses. Students may experience different levels of indirect expenses. (The values in the table below are allowances for students attending a standard nine-month* program and charged for eight courses.)

Not included in the Standard Cost of Attendance are individual expenses that may be specific only to you. For example, you are required to have health insurance while attending Brown. If you do not waive the University's Student Health Insurance Fee, your Cost of Attendance will need to include this charge. Your specific rent/food costs may be lower than the allowances established. Additional expenses you might have include winter clothing, computer purchase, childcare expenses, etc. Visit the Graduate School’s Financing & Support and Living & Resources pages for more information.  

Variable Tuition Rate

Several master’s programs have a different tuition structure than other degree programs at Brown.  For a breakdown of each variable tuition rate, please visit the Bursar’s Office’s Graduate Tuition & Fees page.

2023-24 Cost of Attendance

Direct/Billed Charges

Tuition and Fees


Indirect Estimated Expenses

Housing and Meals


Books & Materials






Total Direct and Indirect Charges*


*If your program is longer than the standard nine-month academic period, your program’s tuition varies from the standard rate, or your enrollment varies from the standard eight courses, your overall Cost of Attendance will vary. To best estimate your individual and/or unique cost of attendance, complete a Financing Worksheet. The tuition and fess amount includes a one time $100 academic fee for entering students.