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Rice University Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$58,468 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,220 tuition
$13,750 on campus room & board
$800 books and supplies
$698 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$58,468 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,220 tuition
$13,750 on campus room & board
$800 books and supplies
$698 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$34,166 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
67% of students receive aid
15% get federal aid ($4,906 avg)
14% get state aid ($3,620 avg)
55% get institn'l aid ($34,166 avg)
18% get loans ($7,380 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.09% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.09% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $36,192 55%
Federal Grant Aid $4,906 15%
Pell Grants $4,353 15%
Other Federal Grants $3,000 3%
Institution Grant Aid $34,166 55%
State Grant Aid $3,620 14%
Student Loans $7,380 18%
Federal Loans $4,162 17%
Other Loans $17,189 4%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$15,300 Y
- Y
$5,000 Y
$1,000 Y
- Y
$15,300 - $20,000 Y
$15,300 Y
$4,000 Y
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Rice University offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
6100 S Main St
Houston, TX 77005-1827
(713) 348-0000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,801
Out of State $1,801


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Emily from Catasauqua, PA
  • Mar-26-2016 I am a current student here

    Rice gives financial aid to anyone who needs it (though many students here are pretty rich). They are understanding and helpful. Rice also works really hard to land you internships and jobs so that you end up successful. Rice is especially motivated to invest in their students because they are private-not-for-profit. This means that they depend a great deal on successful alumni to donate back to the school (and many do so quite generously). Many low-income students come to Rice to break out of their class status and climb up that economic ladder.

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  • 3
  • Rachel from Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Rice has money, so the financial aid is all right. If your income is below $80,000, you are fully covered, but most of the aid is based on your FAFSA and College Board CSS Profile. I think the value of the education and college life is worth it though.

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  • 5
  • Cindy from Humble, TX
  • Dec-01-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Awesome if you are committed to attending. The financial aid is awesome.. 100% need-based!!

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  • 5
  • David from Arlington, TX
  • Jul-23-2013 I am a current student here

    Don't let Rice's seemingly ginormous price tag dissuade you. The Office of Financial Aid is very generous to our relatively small population of 3500 undergraduate students. Keep in mind you're also paying for a post-college connection to a network of highly successful professionals always willing to help out a fellow owl!

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