Special Circumstances

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 and 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
  • One-time income

This is not an exhaustive list.

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.

Special Circumstance Form

Contact Us

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