Outside Aid

Outside Aid Policy

Outside aid is considered a resource and will reduce the amount of need-based financial aid you are offered in the initial financial aid package. Reductions in need-based aid will occur in the following order:

  1. Federal Direct Loan (Subsidized)*
  2. Work Study*
  3. Rice Grant Aid
  4. State and Federal grants*

*If your initial financial aid offer did not include federal need-based loans or work study, then Rice grants and other institutional/state/federal need-based grants/scholarships will be reduced first. Pell grants and merit scholarships are not affected by outside aid.

Outside aid from all sources must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid. This includes outside scholarships received from:

  • High schools
  • Local communities
  • Scholarship foundations
  • Parent’s employer tuition benefits
  • Yellow Ribbon Program Match
  • Other government, state, city or private agencies

Notification of Outside Aid

Outside aid must be reported to our office. To report outside aid to the Office of Financial Aid, please visit ESTHER under the following tabs: Financial Aid/Award Status/Award for Aid Year/Resources and additional Information. When reporting outside aid, be sure to state the following:

  • Name of scholarship
  • Amount of scholarship
  • If scholarship is one-time only or renewable
  • How scholarship will be disbursed (i.e. paper check, wire transfer, etc.)
  • Frequency of payment (i.e one payment at beginning of the year or sent each semester)

This information may also be sent to the Office of Financial Aid by the following methods:

Fax: 713-348-2139
Email: fina@rice.edu

ATTN: Scholarships and Financial Aid
Cashier's Office MS–55
Allen Center, 1st Floor - Suite 110
Houston, TX 77005-1827

Checks should be made payable to Rice University or co-payable to the student and Rice University and mailed to the address above. In the event a scholarship organization sends the payment directly to the student, the check should still be reported to the Office of Financial Aid.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
713-348-4958 office
713-348-2139 fax