Veterans Information

Qualified veterans, dependents of deceased or disabled veterans whose death or disability is a direct result of their military service, or dependents in receipt of transferred benefits from a veteran may be eligible for VA educational benefits under one of the following programs while attending Rice University: 

  • Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Active Duty/Discharged 
  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation 
  • Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) 
  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® 
  • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance 
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Selected Reserve 
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) 

Rice University does not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual's inability to meet student financial obligations to Rice University due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 (other than those that may be required by the particular aid program itself). Rice University may require additional payment or impose a fee for the amount that is the difference between the amount of the student's financial obligation and the amount of the VA education benefit disbursement. In some cases, the student may be required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you qualify for state or federal education benefits through military service and payment to the school is delayed, you may be eligible for a 60 day deferment of tuition and fees to avoid late fees and/or being dropped from classes. The deferment request form is available here: Submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

At Rice University, veterans’ benefits are managed through the Office of the Registrar. This office assists all veterans and their dependents who wish to receive Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits.

Please see the Military at Rice website regarding the documentation required to obtain educational allowances from the VA.   

Veterans who are planning to attend the university should contact Rice University’s Veterans Affairs Representative at least two months before the date of entry. Such time is required to expedite the processing of paperwork for educational allowances from the VA. 

For certification of benefits, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 6 semester credit hours (half-time status). Graduate students on Rice's three semester Academic Calendar must be registered for a minimum of 9 semester credit hours (full-time status). Graduate students on Rice's four term (quadmester) Academic Calendar must be registered for a minimum of 6 semester credit hours (full-time status). Additional information regarding registration can be found under the Registration section for undergraduate students and the Registration and Courses section for graduate students.

For additional information regarding other veterans’ educational programs, contact the Office of the Registrar at 713-348-4999 or