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Outside Awards

Outside awards from all sources must be reported to the office of financial aid. This includes outside scholarships received from:


  • High schools
  • Local communities
  • Scholarship foundations
  • Parent’s employer tuition benefits
  • Other government, state, city, or private agencies

Notification of Outside Awards


To report outside awards to the office of financial aid please visit ESTHER under the following tabs: Financial Aid/Award Status/Award for Aid Year/Resources & Additional Information. It is important to include the following:


  • Name of scholarship
  • Amount of scholarship
  • State if scholarship is one-time only or renewable
  • State how scholarship will be disbursed (if information is available) for example paper check versus electronic transmission
  • State frequency of payment (if information is available) for example if entire amount is sent at beginning of the year or sent each semester

This information may also be sent to the office of financial aid via fax, email or mail to:


       Rice University

       Office of Financial Aid, MS-12

       Attn: Elizabeth Bandy

       6100  South Main Street 

       Houston, TX 77005-1892

Checks should be made payable to Rice University or co-payable to the student and Rice University and mailed to the address above.  


Outside Award Policy

Outside awards are considered resources and will reduce the amount of need-based financial aid you are offered in the initial financial aid package. Reductions in need-based aid will occur in the following order:


  • Federal Stafford Loan (Subsidized)*
  • Federal Perkins Loan*
  • Federal Work-study*
  • Rice Tuition Grant
  • Other institutional need-based grants/scholarships
  • State and Federal grants*

*If your initial financial aid package does not include federal need-based loans or work study, then Rice Tuition Grant and other institutional/state/federal need-based grants/scholarships will be reduced first. Pell grants will not be affected by outside awards.