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Office of Financial Aid


Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid website. Our goal is to guide you through the financial aid process at Rice University. We understand that funding your education is a significant financial investment for you and your family. We hope that the information displayed at this website will ease the process of exploring the different financial aid options available to you.

Financial aid comes in the form of scholarships, federal work study, federal and private loans and grants. The amount and type of aid you receive will depend upon your family’s income and assets. We display your most recent application status and award information in your student portal also known as ESTHER.

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2015-2016 Early Decision Students

Early Decision students complete the 2015-2016 CSS Profile online and submit 2013 Tax documents by November 15, 2014.


Returning Students Returning Students

Returning students with completed financial aid requirements should expect award notifications to be sent by email mid-June. There is still time to complete missing requirements if you are appying for financial aid. If you have completed one or more of the financial aid requirements and are unsure whether you need to submit additional items, then you may check for missing requirements through Esther.

A complete list of the financial aid requirements may be viewed by clicking Applying for Aid.

Priority Filing Dates

Make sure you check our priority filing dates. If you submit all your financial aid application items by March 1 and are admitted to Rice, you will receive a financial aid award letter along with your admission decision.


Check Your Status

Are you wondering if we received your tax returns? What about your CSS Profile or your FAFSA? Students can view their Admissions and Financial Aid status by using their Esther accounts.