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Special Charges  

Tuition and fee charges for graduate students are billed to students each semester.  Students must pay the charges in full by the due date or enroll in a payment plan to avoid a late payment fee.  Payment plans are only available at the beginning of a new term. Fall semester bills are due August 10. NOTE: Student accounts will not be charged until they have registered for classes (with the exception of first-time students). Students who register July 25 through the Add/Drop deadline on the Registrar’s Academic Calendar must pay by September 10 to avoid a late payment fee.

Spring semester bills are due January 10. Students who register December 19 through the Add/Drop deadline on the Registrar’s Academic Calendar must pay by January 30 to avoid a late payment fee.

Payments made in person must be received by the Cashier’s office no later than 4pm on the payment due date. Payments made online via credit card or e-check must be made no later than 11:59pm on the payment due date.

Tuition and fees for all graduate students for academic year 2016-17 are:

 

Tuition   Hour  Semester / Reduced* Annual / Reduced*
Graduate Programs       
Architecture  $1,678 $15,100 / $839*  $30,200 / $1,678* 
Shepherd School of Music  $1,528 $13,745 / $764*  $27,490 / $1,528*
Professional Master's in Natural Science     
     Entered Fall '14 $1,612 $14,500 $29,000
     Entered Fall '15 $1,667 $15,000 $30,000
Entering Fall '16 $2,000 $18,000 $36,000
Professional Master's in Engineering  $2,223 $20,000 $40,000
All other graduate students  $2,402 $21,610 / $1,201* $43,220 / $2,402*
Jones School PhD  $21,610 $43,220
 Required Fees     
Graduate Student Association $22 $44
Student organization fund $4 $8
Honor Council $1 $2
Humanities GSA (School of Humanities only) $2.50 $5
Health and Wellness Support Services Fee (no spouses) $243 $486
**Health Insurance - student premium only 
    (unless waiver has been approved)
Fall: $941
Spring: $1528
$2469
MLS Graduate Program  Per Course   
Master's of Liberal Studies and Postgraduate Program $2,750  
Required Fees  Session  Annual  
MLS student activity fee $42  
Graduate Student Association (annual max $44) $22 $44
MAT Graduate Program      Per Course   
Master of Arts in Teaching $2,750  
Required Fees  Semester  Annual 
MAT student activity fee     $42 $84
Graduate Student Association $22 $44
**Health Insurance - student premium only 
    (unless waiver has been approved)
Fall: $941
Spring: $1528
$2469
Jones School MBA  Semester   Annual 
Entering Fall '16 $26,500 $53,000
Required Fees     
Graduate Student Association $22 $44
Student organization fund $4 $8
Honor Council $1 $2
Health and Wellness Support Services Fee (no spouses) $243 $486
Jones School student activity fee $100 $200
Jones School material fee $1,066 $2,132
Jones School admission administrative fee -
new students - Fall only
$225  
**Health Insurance - student premium only 
    (unless waiver has been approved)
Fall: $941
Spring: $1528
$2469
MBA/PSM Program (3 Year Program)  Semester  Annual 
Year 1 will be at the Professional Masters in Natural Science rate for Entering Fall ’16 (Year 3 will be locked into this same rate) $18,000 $36,000
Year 2 will be at the MBA Entering Fall '17 TBD TBD
Required Fees Year 1     
Graduate Student Association $22 $44
Student organization fund $4 $8
Honor Council $1 $2
Health and Wellness Support Services Fee (no spouses) $243 $486
**Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved) Fall: $941
Spring: $1528
$2469
Required Fees Year 2 (Entering Fall '17) TBD TBD
Required Fees Year 3 (Entering Fall '18) TBD TBD
Jones School MBA for Professionals (Evening)    2-Year Rate  
     Entered Fall '15   $95,500
     Entering Fall '16   $98,500
Required Fees     
Jones School MBA for Professionals Student Activity Fee $50 per semester  
**Health Insurance - student premium only 
    (unless waiver has been approved)
Fall: $941
Spring: $1528
$2469
Jones School MBA for Professionals (Weekend)      
     Entered Fall '15   $99,000
     Entering Fall '16   $102,000
Required Fees     
Jones School MBA for Professionals Student Activity Fee $50 per semester  
**Health Insurance - student premium only
    (unless waiver has been approved)
Fall: $941
Spring: $1528
$2469
Jones School MBA for Professionals Extended     
      Entering Fall '16  $1,825 per credit  
      Entered Fall '15  $1,769 per credit  
**Health Insurance - student premium only 
    (unless waiver has been approved)
Fall: $941 
Spring: $1528
 
$2469  
 
Jones School MBA for Executives      2-Year Rate 
     Entered Fall '15   $111,000
     Entering Fall '16   $115,000
Required Fees     
**Health Insurance - student premium only
    (unless waiver has been approved)
Fall: $941
Spring: $1528
$2469

Away Status

Graduate students pursuing their studies outside of the Houston area (graduate students on “away” status) must be registered and pay tuition.  Humanities students in away status must pay the Humanities GSA fee.  Students on away status must carry health insurance.  With these exceptions, graduate students in away status are exempt from the other required fees listed above.

Reduced Tuition

After 10 semesters of full-time study in one doctoral degree program (excluding the summer semesters), continuing students may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate. A semester of full-time study is defined as a fall or spring semester in which at least 9 hours of credit are earned. Students in the Shepherd School of Music and the School of Architecture are eligible for reduced rate tuition after six semesters of full-time study.

** Health Insurance

All students, full time or part time—including those on away status—must carry health insurance.  For further information, visit the Health Insurance section.

Late Payment Fees 

Late payment fees will be assessed monthly at the rate of 1.5% of the unpaid balance due on the e-bill. Any account with a past due amount will be charged a late payment fee. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Refund of Tuition and Fees

Students who withdraw during the first two weeks of the semester are not charged tuition or fees for that semester. Students who withdraw during the third week must pay fees and 30 percent of the semester's tuition, receiving a 70 percent refund. The amount of the refund drops by 10 percent at the beginning of each successive week that passes before withdrawal until the ninth week, after which no refund is made. Federal regulations require a refund calculation for all students receiving Title IV funds. The length of time during which a refund must be calculated is up to 60 percent of the payment period (semester). If a student withdraws on or before the 60 percent point in time, a portion of the Title IV funds awarded to a student (Federal Perkins Loan, Unsubsidized loans or Federal PLUS Loans) must be returned, according to the provisions of the Higher Education Act as amended. The calculation of the return of these funds may result in the student owing a balance to the university and/or the Department of Education.

Fees and special charges are not refunded for students withdrawing after the second week of classes in a semester. Similarly, students withdrawing or taking leaves of absence in the spring semester do not receive any refund of fees paid for the full year.

Refund for Credit Balance on Student Accounts

If you have a loan or federal money disbursed on your student account and you have a credit balance on your student account, the Cashier’s office will automatically process a refund for you. Please know that there are certain charges that cannot be paid with loans or federal money such as printing, library fines, citations, etc. Therefore, your refund may be more than the credit balance on your student account resulting in a due balance for the charges not paid by the loan or federal money.

If you do NOT have a loan or federal money on your student account and you have a credit balance, you must submit a request for refund. Please click here External Link to submit your request.

Refunds are processed on Mondays and Thursdays. If you are NOT set up to receive your refund by direct deposit, a check will be mailed to your mailing address on record in Esther.  JPMorgan Chase prints and mails paper check refunds every Tuesday afternoon for the previous week’s requests. So please know it can take from 5 to 10 business days to receive your check in the mail. Therefore, the quickest way to receive a refund is by direct deposit and funds should appear in your bank account within 5 business days. You may find instructions on the Cashier’s website External Link on how to set up what is called an eRefund in Bill Payment Suite for direct deposit by clicking How to Tutorials-Bill Payment Suite External Link.

Part-Time Students

Students must receive approval from their department to enroll with a course load of fewer than nine hours.  Approval must be received and the course schedule must be adjusted within the first two weeks of the semester.  Students with part-time approval and a course load of fewer than nine hours will be charged at the per-hour rate plus a part-time registration fee. There are no refunds for part-time enrollment or for students whose course load drops below nine hours after the first two weeks of the semester.

Delinquent Accounts

Students in arrears on their financial obligation to Rice as of the last day to add courses for any semester may be withdrawn. The university will not issue certificates of attendance, diplomas, or transcripts at any time for a student whose account is in arrears.

Students who have not made satisfactory arrangements with the Cashier for payment of current charges may be withdrawn from the university.  Accounts not settled by the first day of classes incur a late payment penalty and are subject to a billing hold that prevents those students from dropping or adding classes.

Special Charges

Special Courses—Courses that require additional charges are noted on the Cashier's website External Link. In some cases the associated charges may be in lieu of Rice tuition and/or required fees.

 

Audit fee: Rice alumni (per course) $470
Audit fee: All others (per course) $915
Late registration I (see academic calendar ) $75
Late registration II (see academic calendar) $125
Part-time registration fee $150
Visiting Post Baccalaureate application fee $100
Visiting Post Baccalaureate registration fee $75
Visiting Post Baccalaureate late registration fee     $125
Late payment fee (charged monthly) 1.5% of balance due
Late application for graduation fee $75
Returned check fee $30
Summer Health and Wellness Support Services Fee*** $135
Diploma fee: parchment $50
Diploma mailing fee: Domestic $30
Diploma mailing fee: International $50
Diploma fee: facsimile $20
Transcript fee $10
Letter of standing $10
Intramural fees $20
Readmission fee: graduate students $375
Readmission fee: graduate students -  after withdrawal for non-payment $375
Reinstatement fee: graduate students - following leave of absence $125
Reinstatement fee: graduate students - after exceeding time boundaries to candidacy or defense $125
Replacement ID: faculty, staff, students, and dependents $10
Graduate thesis submission fee $100
Graduate application fee $85
Jones School application fee–all MBA programs $125
Jones School application fee–all EMBA programs $125
Jones School application fee–all PMBA programs $125
Late course change fee (add/drop) $75
Recreation Center membership fees  Fall  Spring   Summer 
Student only $49.50 $49.50 $32
*** Applies to early matriculants and summer returns from leave 

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Last Revised : August 12, 2016