We hope in reviewing your financial aid awards you feel that a Rice education is affordable and within your family’s means. We understand however that certain situations may arise that are not reflected in your application that may impact your family’s ability to afford the calculated expected family contribution. If your family has experienced a mitigating, life altering event, or special circumstance, which impacts your ability to pay for college you have the right to submit an appeal to our office. Appeals are given a thoughtful and thorough review by the Appeals Committee.
Special circumstances we may consider:
-Loss of employment
-Permanent reduction in income
-Significant medical expenses
-Out of pocket costs from a natural disaster
-Unusual home or car repairs
This is not an exhaustive list.
You can access the special circumstance form and instructions here. Each appeal will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and final decisions will be based on the details of each unique situation. Be sure to include ample supporting documentation for the Appeals Committee to review. Approval is not guaranteed, and in some cases approval may not result in an increase in aid. The Appeals Committee reserves the right to postpone review until an appropriate amount of time has passed for certain circumstances. We ask that you review your original financial aid decision before submitting an appeal to our office.