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.
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.
What is Financial Aid?
Financial aid comes in the form of federal, state, institutional, and private fund(s) used to assist eligible students in funding their education.¬†¬†Financial aid can be a combination of¬†scholarships, federal work-study, federal and private loans, and grants. The amount and type of aid you receive will depend upon your family‚Äôs income and assets. We display your most recent application status and award information in your student portal also known as¬†ESTHER.
Scholarships and grants are considered ‚Äúfree money‚ÄĚ and the student is not required to repay; however, loans and federal work-study are considered self-help aid and most loans require repayment when a student becomes enrolled less than half time or graduates. Federal work-study is¬†student employment¬†either on or off campus for part-time employment positions.