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Applying for Aid 


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.

2017-2018 Early Decision Checklist*
2017-2018 Regular Decision Checklist*
2017-2018 Fall Transfer Checklist*
2017-2018 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.  

 

FAFSA  

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.
  • The 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.   

  • Use 6609 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.
  • If 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 letter. 

Rice University 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.