Tuition, Fees and Expenses

Tuition and fees for all graduate students for academic year 2017-18:

Tuition

Graduate Programs     

Tuition Hour Semester / Reduced1 Annual/ Reduced1
Architecture $1,728 $15,500 / $8641 $31,100 / $1,7281
Architecture Option 3 Extension – Minimum 3 credits $1678
Shepherd School of Music $1,556 $14,000 / $7781 $28,000 / $1,5561
Professional Master's in Natural Science
Entered Fall '15
$1,667 $15,000 $30,000
Entered Fall '16
$2,000 $18,000 $36,000
Entering Fall '17
$2,111 $19,000 $38,000
Natural Science – Master of Science/Master of Science Teaching $2,495 $22,450 / $1,247.501 $44,900 / $2,495
Professional Master's in Engineering $2,445 $22,000 $44,000
All other graduate students $2,495 $22,450/ $1,247.501 $44,900/ $2,4951
Jones School PhD $22,450 $44,900
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) $247 $494
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)2 Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595 $2,575

Graduate Program: (Glasscock School) MAT Degree

Tuition Per Course
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program $2,800
Required Fees
Semester
MAT student activity fee
$45
Graduate Student Association
$22
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1
Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595
Annual
MAT student activity fee
$90
Graduate Student Association
$44
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1
$2,575

Graduate Program: (Glasscock School) MLS Degree

Tuition Per Course
Master's of Liberal Studies (MLS) degree program $2,800
Required Fees
Session
MLS student activity fee
$45
Graduate Student Association (annual max $44)
$22
Annual
Graduate Student Association (annual max $44)
$44

Graduate Program: Jones School MAcc Degree

Tuition Semester Annual
Entering Fall '17 $25,750 $51,500
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) $247 $494
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1 Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595 $2,575

Graduate Program: Jones School Full-Time MBA Degree

Tuition Semester Annual
Entering Fall '17 $27,750 $55,500
Required Fees
Graduate Student Association $22 $44
Student organization fund $4 $8
Honor Council $1 $2
Health and Wellness Support Services Fee (no spouses) $247 $494
Jones School student activity fee $100 $200
Jones School material fee $1,169.50 $2,339
Jones School admission administrative fee - new students - Fall only $225
Jones School programming fee $103.50 207
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1 Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595 $2,575

Graduate Program: Jones School Executive MBA Degree

  Semester Annual 2-Year Program
Entered Fall '16
$28,750 $57,500 $115,000
Entering Fall '17
$30,000 $60,000 $120,000
Required Fees
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1 Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595 $2,575

Graduate Program: Jones School MBA for Professionals — Evenings

  Semester Annual 2-Year Program
Entered Fall '16
$24,625 $49,250 $98,500
Entering Fall '17
$25,375 $50,750 $101,500
Required Fees
Jones School MBA for Professionals Student Activity Fee $50 per semester
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1 Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595 $2,575

Graduate Program: Jones School MBA for Professionals — Weekends

  Semester Annual 2-Year Program
Entered Fall '16
$25,500 $51,000 $102,000
Entering Fall '17
$26,375 $52,750 $105,500
Required Fees
Jones School MBA for Professionals Student Activity Fee $50 per semester
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1 Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595 $2,575

Graduate Program: Jones School MBA for Professionals — Extended 

Tuition Semester
Entered Fall '15
$1,769 per credit
Entered Fall '16
$1,825 per credit
Entering Fall '17
$1880 per credit
Health Insurance - student premium only (unless waiver has been approved)1 Fall: $980, Spring: $1,595

Billing Information

Electronic billing (E-Bill) is the official mechanism for student billing at Rice University. E-Bills are generated monthly. Fall and Spring E-Bills are generated on the 1st of each month, having a due date of the 10th

Fall semester charges are due in full by August 10th. Spring semester charges are due in full by January 10th. Payment Plans are available for students who wish to pay installments over the course of the semester. Accounts not enrolled in a payment plan or paid in full by the term due dates are subject to Late Payment Fees.

Summer E-Bills are generated on the 5th for Summer months, having a due date on the 15th.  Charges are due by the due date on the E-Bill notice. Payment Plans are not available for the Summer semester.

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.

Late Payment Fees 

Student accounts not paid in full (or whose payment plan is not current) by the billing due date will be subject to a 1.5% late fee. Late fees are calculated based on the amount past due. Students experiencing difficulty with paying their balance should contact the Cashier's Office promptly to discuss payment options.

Refunds

Refund of Tuition and Fees

Students withdrawing from the University during the first two weeks of the semester will receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees.

Students withdrawing from the University during the third week are entitled to a 70% refund of tuition only. Fees are not refundable. Refund of tuition for withdrawals succeeding week three are calculated on a 10% reduced refund proration per week until the 9th week of the semester. Students withdrawing after week 9 are not entitled to a refund of tuition.  

Federal regulations require a refund calculation for all students receiving Federal Financial Aid. The length of time during which a refund must be calculated is up to 60% of the payment period (semester). Students withdrawing on or before the 60% point in time, a portion of the Federal Financial Aid awarded to a student must be returned, according to the provisions of the Higher Education Act as amended. The calculation of the return of funds may result in the student owing a balance to the university and/or the Department of Education.

Enrollment deposits will be forfeited.

Refund for Credit Balance on Student Accounts

Student account credits resulting from excess Federal Financial Aid payments, scholarship payments, and loan payments are automatically refunded by the Cashier’s Office; however, there may be certain circumstances where credits on student accounts occur that may not be automatically refunded. Reversed charges, over payments, tuition waivers, and other varying factors may lead to a credit balance on a student account. 

For those credits not automatically refunded, students may request disbursement of the credit balance by completing the Refund Request Form.

Refunds are issued daily to students that are enrolled in Electronic RefundsFor students not enrolled in Electronic Refunds, refund checks are issued weekly and are mailed directly from JP Morgan Chase to the student mailing address on record.

Part-Time Students

Part-time enrollment refers to enrollment of less than 9 credits during a semester.  Students seeking part-time enrollment must obtain approval from the Office of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies. 

Part-time enrollment tuition is calculated on the per-credit rate. Students are also assessed a one-time per semester part-time enrollment fee. Students not approved for part-time enrollment will be assessed the full-time enrollment tuition charge.

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 transcript/degree hold, preventing the release of official transcripts, verifications, and degrees.

Special Charges

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

Audit fee: Rice alumni (per course) $488
Audit fee: All others (per course) $951
Late registration I (see academic calendar - http://registrar.rice.edu/calendars/) $75
Late registration II (see academic calendar - http://registrar.rice.edu/calendars/) $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 Fee1 $135
Diploma fee: parchment $50
Diploma mailing fee: Domestic $30
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 - Student only:
Fall, Spring, Summer
$134