Summer Students

Undergraduate degree-seeking students may be eligible to request an institutional need-based grant, federal Pell Grant or student/parent loans for the summer. Graduate degree-seeking students may be eligible to request student loans. If you have registered and would like to apply for summer financial aid, complete the 2018–2019 FAFSA and the Summer 2019 Financial Aid Request Form before May 30, 2019.

Current Undergraduate Students

Degree-seeking Rice undergraduates who received need-based aid during the academic year are eligible to receive institutional need-based aid equivalent to 50% of summer tuition. The institutional aid is limited to nine credit hours of Rice summer coursework during their time as a Rice undergraduate student. This aid is only available for Rice online, in-person or “Rice in country” coursework and for participants in other Rice faculty-led overseas programs offered for Rice credit during the summer. It is not available for non-Rice summer programs.

Federal aid from the Pell Grant, federal direct loans and private loans remain available to eligible students that have not reached the annual or lifetime limits. Students must be enrolled at least half time in for-credit hour courses at Rice University to be eligible for these funds.

Early Freshmen Matriculants

Freshmen or transfer students who matriculate early over the summer may be eligible to apply for federal student aid such as the federal Pell Grant or student/parent loans. To apply, complete the 2019–2020 FAFSA and submit the Summer Request Form.

All Students

Eligibility of your federal funds may be limited based on annual loan limits and enrollment. Undergraduates must be enrolled in at least six credit hours and graduates at least 4.5 credit hours to be eligible for federal funds. To verify your eligibility, please consult with your financial aid counselor. You may also choose to take out private loans, in which case you may select your lender and apply directly with the institution.

Changes in Enrollment:

The Summer 2019 Financial Aid Request will be reviewed and processed once you have enrolled in the reported hours. If your enrollment changes during the summer sessions, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid. If funds have been released to your account and you will be withdrawing from the summer term, you must notify our office immediately. In addition, our office allows loan funds to be cancelled by request within 14 days of the loan disbursement date. To submit your request, you may email

Tuition and Fees for 2019 Summer School:

  • Rice Undergraduate Students: $1,000 per credit hour
  • Rice Graduate Students: $1,000 per credit hour
  • Rice Online Instruction Courses: $800 per credit hour
  • Late Registration Fee (for all students after deadline): $75 nonrefundable

For additional details on tuition and fees charges, visit the Summer Sessions page.

Loan Limits for Summer Sessions:

  • Summer I (15 Weeks): Tuition costs only plus $4,500 expense allowance
  • Summer II (3 Weeks): Tuition costs only plus $2,000
  • Summer III (5 Weeks): Tuition costs only plus $2,000
  • Summer IV (5 Weeks): Tuition costs only plus $2,000
  • Summer V (5 Weeks): Tuition costs only plus $2,000
  • Summer VI (5 Weeks): Tuition costs only plus $2,000
  • Enrolled in Multiple Summer Sessions: Tuition cost plus $4,500 expense allowance.
  • Full Summer Research Courses/Graduate Research: Tuition costs plus $4,500 expense allowance

Summer Study Abroad Programs:

Our office will need an approved budget before we can determine any financial aid eligibility. The program costs are determined by the Study Abroad Office. Study abroad is not eligible for the institutional need-based summer grant.

*Undergraduate students who are not study abroad students may not borrow more than $2,000 total above tuition costs for the summer sessions and must be enrolled in at least six hours.

**Undergraduate students receiving a merit award who applied for need-based aid may qualify for summer assistance. Please contact our office to determine whether or not you qualify.

Visiting students are not eligible for financial aid through Rice University.

Contact Us

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