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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 applications and documents 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 in order to receive your financial aid package in a timely manner. 

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.  

Rice University provides need-based financial aid on a limited basis to International undergraduates. For more information please visit our International Students page.  

Financial Aid Checklists

2018-2019 Early Decision Checklist

2018-2019 Regular Decision Checklist

2018-2019 Fall Transfer Checklist

2018-2019 Returning Student Checklist

2017-2018 Returning Student Checklist 

Please review your ESTHER account for any outstanding requirements.  

Financial Aid Applications 


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility for the Federal Direct Student Loan as well as federal and state grants.

The FAFSA is available starting October 1st. 

  • Use 003604 for the School Code.
  • Populate the application with your tax return information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). 
  • To fill out a FAFSA, use IRS DRT to populate your tax information.  If you are filling out the 2018-2019 FAFSA, you must use the 2016 tax information (not 2017).
  • You may be required to update your FAFSA using the IRS DRT at a later date, if you did not use the tool.  If you are unable to use the IRS DRT, then you must submit a tax return transcript from the IRS.

CollegeBoard CSS Profile

The CollegeBoard CSS Profile, along with your FAFSA information, will help determine your eligibility for Rice's need-based institutional funds.   

The CSS Profile is available starting October 1st. 

  • Use 6609 for the School Code.

View this interactive presentation before you start your PROFILE application.

Income Documentation 

2016 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 applying for 2018-2019 are required to use the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool which should be available beginning October 2018. 
  • 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.
  • If you did not file a tax return, submit the CollegeBoard’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. 

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.