Undergraduate Study Abroad

Airfare Assistance

The Airfare Assistance Program is intended to assist Brown students with demonstrated financial need who do not have the immediate funds to cover the costs of airfare for their study abroad program.  

The Airfare Assistance Program is not a scholarship program. 

The Airfare Assistance Program will cover the cost of your airfare prior to your study abroad semester and then bill your full flight cost to your Brown University student account so that your financial aid could apply towards the airfare expenses.

Your full flight costs will be billed to you through your Brown student account. It is your responsibility to make sure your financial aid is in order to pay your flight charges by the University’s billing payment deadline. Brown will assess late fees if not paid in full by those deadlines. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be accepted into a semester or full-year study abroad program (Brown/CASA, Approved Alternative, or Petition Program) and have received the necessary approvals to study abroad from Brown Study Abroad advising.
  • Must have a high level of financial need, as determined and confirmed by the Office of Financial Aid.


  • Flights must be booked through the University-approved travel agency.

Application Instructions

  • After being accepted to your study abroad program and approved to study abroad by Brown, schedule an appointment with your study abroad advisor to review the Airfare Assistance process. Your study abroad advisor will confirm your financial aid status with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • If approved, your study abroad advisor will provide you with instructions on purchasing your flight through the University-approved travel agency. 
  • The full cost of your airline ticket will be billed to your Brown student account. 
  •  Important: Due to the timing of credits and charges being applied to your student billing account, your airfare cost may be billed after your financial aid refund is issued. Keep this in mind and check to see if the airfare costs have been applied to your account when requesting your refund; if the costs have not yet been applied, be sure to not overspend your refund.
In addition to your financial aid package, there are funding sources both within and outside the University. Below you will find a sampling of available funding resources. For further information please speak with your study abroad advisor.
Information on payments and additional costs associated with study abroad.
Information regarding billing and the application of University refund policies to study abroad.