Department of Education

Cost and Financial Aid

We offer financial aid opportunities through need-based and merit-based scholarships, as well as research and teaching assistantships.

Tuition in the Graduate School for the 2021-2022 academic year is $7,618 per course or $68,562 for the nine courses required for the UEP degree. Generally, tuition increases by 3-5% from year to year.

The program awards merit-based and need-based scholarships to about 2/3 of all applicants, ranging from 10-100% of tuition cost. If you apply by the January deadline, you will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Applicants interested in a need-based scholarship must complete a FAFSA form by January 18, 2022. In addition, research and teaching assistantships and other work opportunities are available to help offset the program costs. 

Applicants can apply for federal loans by completing a FAFSA form.

Urban Education Fellowship

Students are welcome to apply for the Urban Education Fellowship (UEF). As part of Brown University’s commitment to the local Providence community, the Fellowship offers loan forgiveness if the Fellow works for three years after program completion in a full-time position within a public sector education organization or non-profit entity in the Rhode Island urban core region. 

International Students

International students are not eligible for federal loans but are eligible for merit-based and need-based aid from the UEP program. All applicants will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships for the program. International citizens will need to submit the CSS profile. Brown University’s code is 3189.

Additional Sources of Aid

  • Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship. This permanent annual award goes to the UEP graduate student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to educational equity and social justice. No additional application materials are required to be considered. The student is selected by the Annenberg Institute’s Board of Overseers.
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI) Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship supports a one- or two-year graduate student who is enrolled in a full-time Master’s program and whose work advocates for and/or engages in scholarship that contributes to the wellbeing of Native American or Indigenous communities. NAISI asks for a 2-page personal statement in order to be considered. 
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to borrow funds through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Candidates applying for need-based financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.