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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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Kiplinger’s 2015 rankings list Rice as No. 1 best value in the West/Southwest Kiplinger’s 2015 rankings list Rice as No. 1 best value in the West/Southwest

Summary beneath headline: Rice University is also ranked No. 4 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 2015 list of best values among private universities.

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.