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Tuition, Fees and Expenses

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        Required Fees
        Orientation Week Fees
        Room and Board
        Late Payment Fees
        Refund of Tuition and Fees 
        Refund for Credit Balance on Student Accounts
        Part-Time Students
        Living Expenses
        Special Charges - Undergraduates
        Health Insurance
        Education Certification Program Fees
        Delinquent Accounts


Charges for tuition, fees, room/board, and insurance 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.

The following costs apply to undergraduates in the 2016-17 school year:

Tuition   Hour*  Semester  Annual  
Undergraduate tuition (entering & continuing) $1,801 $21,610 $43,220
*By special permission only
Required Fees   Fall  Spring  Annual 
Student activities**  $56.50 $56.50 $113
Student Rec Center fee $49.50 $49.50 $99
Health and Wellness Support Services Fee $243 $243 $486
***Health Insurance - student premium only 
   (unless waiver has been approved)
$941 $1,528 $2,469
**Fifth-year students in professional degree programs and students working toward a second bachelor’s degree pay a reduced student activities fee of $6.85 per semester, which covers the Student Association, Student Organizations Activity, University Court, and Honor Council portions of the activity fee.
Orientation Week Fees   Fall 
O-Week room and board – freshman $325
O-Week activity fee – freshman $310
 iPrep Program fee (incoming international undergraduate and exchange students)  $175
Room and Board  Semester   Annual 
Room $4,707.50 $9,415
Board - Option A $2,167.50 $4,335
Telecommunication fee $15 $30
Off-campus board–Plan B     $730 $1,460
Off-campus board–Plan C $1,340 $2,680
Off-campus board–Plan D $680 $1,360
Off-campus board–Plan E $400 $800
Off-campus board–Plan F $200 $400

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 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 (Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, Federal PLUS Loans, the Texas LEAP Grant) 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.

For students withdrawing after the second week of classes in a semester, fees or special charges are not refunded. Similarly, students withdrawing or taking leaves of absence in the spring semester do not receive a partial refund of fees paid for the full year. Students withdrawing at any time forfeit the $300 enrollment deposit they paid as incoming students.

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 Monday’s 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 to enroll with a course load of fewer than 12 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 12 hours will be charged the per credit hour rate plus a part-time registration fee. There are no refunds for part-time enrollment or for students whose course load drops below 12 hours after the first two weeks of the semester.

Students unable to resolve with the Cashier’s office any request for special consideration in connection with waivers, refunds, or adjusted payments on tuition, fees, and other charges should forward their appeals to the dean of undergraduates. Exceptions are granted by the dean of undergraduates only under extraordinary circumstances.

Living Expenses

Residence fees cover dining hall costs and residence maintenance. They are established each year as needs dictate. For 2016–17, the annual room and board charge for residence in a residential college is $13,750. This charge includes the room and all the meals eaten during the year.

Housing—When current students receive their residential college room assignments for the academic year to follow, they must sign a housing agreement electronically by accessing their Esther account online. To reserve their space, a housing agreement must be signed by the date established by their respective colleges but no later than April 30.

New students must make a $100 housing deposit before May 1. These nonrefundable deposits are applied to the following semester’s room and board charges.

For more information about housing, see Undergraduate Student Life.

Meal Plans—The College Food Service provides all-you-care-to-eat meals with the purchase of the meal plan. All students living on campus must purchase a meal plan. It is recommended that students living off-campus also purchase a meal plan. More information is available from the residential dining website (dining.rice.edu External Link).

Payments and Refunds—Students may pay their residence fee in installments. The exact amounts and due dates appear on the student's e-bill in the Bill Payment Suite, which can be accessed through Esther. Students who move out of their college for any reason may receive a refund (or a credit to their account) equal to the difference between the payments received and the reduced room and board charges.  They will be charged a termination processing fee. Possible exceptions such as academic suspension, Rice-sponsored study abroad and family emergencies are treated on a case-by-case basis.

Special Charges - Undergraduates 

Special CoursesCourses 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.

The following charges are separate from the regular fees. Charges due to late registration or course changes made after the deadline are described in the Registration section.

Preceptorship per semester $315
Internship per semester $315
Study Abroad fee per semester $410
Study Abroad fee for summer $205
Late payment fee (charged monthly) 1.5% of balance due
Undergraduate application fee $75
Part-time registration $150
Orientation Week room and board (coordinators) $190
Late registration fee 1 $75
Late registration fee 2 $125
College withdrawal-suspension $150
College withdrawal-breaking of housing agreement $750
Diploma fee: parchment $50
Diploma fee: facsimile $20
Diploma mailing fee: Domestic $30
Diploma mailing fee: International $50
Transcript fee $10
Letter of standing $10
Replacement ID $10
Readmission fee after withdrawal for nonpayment $375
Returned check fee $30
Late course change fee (add/drop) $75
Summer Health and Wellness Support Services Fee 1  $135
Recreation Center Membership Fees Summer  Annual 
Student only $32 $99
1 Applies to early matriculants and summer returns from leave
2 Student nine-month fee for membership paid with tuition.
  Summer additional

*** Health Insurance

All students, full time or part time--including those on away status--must have appropriate health insurance. For information about health insurance, visit Health, Counseling and Wellbeing.

Education Certification Program Fees

Students enrolling in the summer student teaching apprenticeship must pay a $90 registration fee. The registration fee for the internship is $315. These fees are in lieu of tuition for the apprenticeship or internship. For more information, see Teacher Education.

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 or who have moved on campus without a proper campus housing agreement 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 them from dropping or adding classes.


Transcripts can be ordered online through ESTHER and electronic transcripts can be ordered through the National Student Clearinghouse.  There is a $10 charge for each transcript ordered.  Charges can be paid in advance using a major debit or credit card or eCheck.  Current students can also have the charge added to their student account.

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Last Revised : August 12, 2016