What if choosing Rice could bemore about fit than finances


The Rice Investment

What if a prestigious school looked for ways to open doors instead of close them? At Rice, we believe talent deserves opportunity.



Income Range

$140k - $200k


Half Tuition

Income Range

$75k - $140k


Full Tuition

Income Range

$75k & Below


Full Tuition, Fees,
Living Expenses

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Meet 100% of Demonstrated Need

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Meet 100% of Demonstrated Need

With our generous need-based aid and merit awards, we’re committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all students. That means if there is a gap between what an admitted student’s family is able to pay and our total cost of attendance, we cover the gap.

Loan-free institution

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Loan-free institution

It's no secret that many students from middle-class families are increasingly taking on loans in order to afford private colleges and universities. As a loan-free institution, we invest in our students so they can graduate without the burden of student debt.

57% of Undergraduates receive some kind of aid

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57% of Undergraduates receive some kind of aid

At Rice, we are committed to providing more students with access to the aid they need. Because we believe that everyone has the opportunity to pursue a Rice education, we strive to ensure our financial aid supports that belief.


Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is The Rice Investment?

We’ve taken a bold step toward making education affordable with our signature financial aid program, The Rice Investment. Through a need-based financial aid package, The Rice Investment grants families in the income ranges listed above either awards that cover full tuition, fees, and room and board; full tuition; or half tuition, depending on total income and assets. We also meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for families that do not fall within the listed income ranges.

Is there a separate application for The Rice Investment?

No, there is not a separate application. To be considered for The Rice Investment, students must complete the standard financial aid application requirements for need-based aid.

Will I be eligible for The Rice Investment all four years?

Students must complete the Rice financial aid application each year to be considered for need-based aid. Families demonstrating need within the outlined income ranges will continue to qualify for The Rice Investment.

Can I qualify for more aid beyond The Rice Investment?

Yes. Families may qualify for additional aid beyond The Rice Investment if they have further demonstrated need.

I noticed the “ Typical Assets ” notation on the Rice Investment website. What exactly does that mean?

Families with significant assets above what is typical for their income level may not qualify for The Rice Investment, but Rice is still committed to funding 100% of demonstrated need. A family’s assets might include cash and savings, investments, home equity, business net worth, other real estate and any other assets. We exclude qualifying retirement accounts.

Are international students eligible for The Rice Investment?

While prospective international students are not eligible for The Rice Investment, they can apply for need-based financial aid by following the instructions in the Applying for Aid section.

Are federal and state grants included in The Rice Investment?

Yes. The Rice Investment may be met through a combination of federal, state and institutional grant aid.

Are graduate students eligible for the Rice Investment?

No. Graduate students are eligible for certain stipends, fellowships or other gift aid by their school. For additional information, visit the graduate student financial aid page.

If I do not meet the qualifications for The Rice Investment, will I still be considered for any need-based aid?

Yes. We remain dedicated to meeting 100% of demonstrated need. Families with significant assets or income above the outlined thresholds of The Rice Investment may still qualify for need-based aid. To be considered, follow the instructions in the Applying for Aid section.






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