Financial aid at Rice is meant to assist students with educational costs. Aid comes in two primary forms - gift aid and self-help aid.
Gift aid is aid that does not have to be paid back. It can come in the form of grants, scholarships, merit awards, and outside aid from various sources, such as the institution, the state, private organizations, or the federal government.
Self-help aid is aid that is either earned through work or has to be paid back. This type of aid includes student employment (i.e. work study) and student loans.
Your financial aid offer may be comprised of both gift and self-help aid. For more details about the individual financial aid programs, please review the types of aid linked above.
If you are planning on taking summer courses and are interested in your financial aid eligibility, please visit our summer page.