Much like Rice's admission process, the Office
of Financial Aid uses a holistic evaluation to assess a family's finances. The
Office of Financial Aid reviews every student’s aid application carefully to
ensure that we understand each family’s unique circumstances.
Because each financial aid package is tailored
to the student's and the family’s particular financial profile, we require
specific forms in order to offer you an appropriate package. Although you
may apply for financial aid at any time, we have provided specific
deadlines in each checklist below in order to receive your financial aid
package in a timely manner.
Regular Decision Checklist*
Returning Student Checklist*
Please review your ESTHER account for any outstanding requirements.
All incoming freshman applicants are
automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. It is not necessary to
apply for need-based financial aid to be considered for merit-based
scholarships, and no additional applications are required.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility for the Federal
Direct Student Loan as well as federal and state grants.
NEW for 2017-2018:
The FAFSA is available starting October 1st. You can read more about
this change here.
Use 003604 for
the School Code.
- Populate the
application with your tax return information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the FAFSA is unavailable at this time.
- To fill out
a FAFSA, you can manually input your tax information. If you are filling out the 2017-18 FAFSA, you must use the 2015 tax information (not 2016).
- You may be requested to update your
FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool at a later date.
For additional guidance, visit 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA.
College Board CSS Profile
The College Board CSS Profile, along with your FAFSA information, will help
determine your eligibility for Rice's need-based institutional funds.
for the School Code.
View this interactive presentation before you start
your PROFILE application.
2015 Tax returns
Include all W-2s,
1099s and accompanying schedules or Non-Filer's Statement
- Submit documents
according to deadlines on your respective checklist above.
IRS Data Retrieval
All students are
required to use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
- If you are unable to
use the FAFSA
IRS Data Retrieval Tool, then you are required to submit a tax return transcript from the IRS.
Once you have received your tax return transcript, submit it our office via fax at 713-348-2139 with the
student's name and Rice ID number on all documents. Instructions for requesting
a tax return transcript can
be found on the IRS website.
you did not file a tax return, submit the College Board’s Non-Tax Filer
Statement to our office. If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the Department of Education, then you will need to complete a 4506-T requesting a non-tax filer
provides need-based financial aid on a limited basis to International
undergraduates. For more information please visit our International Students page.
The Office of Financial Aid at Rice University is committed to
assisting students in obtaining the largest financial aid award
possible. It is the students' responsibility to comply with all of the
requirements of the financial aid process. In addition, our office is not
responsible for students' financial obligations to Rice University.