Tuition, Fees and Expenses

The following costs apply to undergraduates in the 2017-18 school year:

Tuition Hour1 Semester Annual
Undergraduate tuition (entering and continuing) $1,871 $22,450 $44,900
Required Fees Fall Spring Annual
Student activities1 $56.50 $56.50 $113
Student Recreation Center fee $50.50 $50.50 $101
Health and Wellness Support Services fee $247 $247 $494
Health Insurance - student premium only2 $980 $1,595 $2,575
Orientation Week Fees Fall
O-Week room and board – freshmen/transfers $325
O-Week room and board – coordinators $190
O-Week activity fee – freshmen/transfers $320
iPrep Program fee (incoming international undergraduate and exchange students) $180
Room and Board Semester Annual
Room $4,745 $9,490
Board - Option A $2,180 $4,360
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

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 10. Spring semester charges are due in full by January 10. 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.


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 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.

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 12 credit hours during a semester. Students seeking part-time enrollment must obtain approval from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduates and adjust their schedule accordingly within the first two weeks of the semester.

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 or students with approval who fail to adjust their schedule before the end of the second week of classes will be assessed the full-time enrollment tuition charge.

Living Expenses

Residence fees cover dining hall costs and residence maintenance. They are established each year as needs dictate. For 2017–18, the annual room and board charge for residence in a residential college is $13,850. This charge includes the room and meals for the year.


An electronic housing agreement must be signed in Esther no later than April 30 for students to receive residential room assignments. 

New students are required to submit a $100, non-refundable housing deposit no later than April 30, which will be applied to that 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 at

Payments and Refunds

Residence and meal plan charges may be included in student payment plans. 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 may receive a prorated credit to their student account, equal to the difference between the payments received and the reduced room and board charges.  A termination fee will be applied. Exceptions for academic suspension, Rice-sponsored study abroad, family emergencies, and other isolated incidents will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Special Charges

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 $325
Internship per semester $325
Study Abroad fee per semester $425
Study Abroad fee for summer $213
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 fee1 $75
Late registration fee2 $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)3 $33
Recreation Center Membership fees (Annual)3 $101

Special Courses

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

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.

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.


Official paper transcripts can be ordered online through ESTHER or through the National Student Clearinghouse. 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 card, credit card, or eCheck. Current students can also have the charge added to their student account.

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