Tuition, Fees and Expenses

The following costs apply to undergraduates in the 2019-2020 school year:

Tuition & Fees

Tuition Hour1 Semester Annual
Undergraduate Tuition (Entering and Continuing) $2,014 $24,165 $48,330
Required Fees Fall Spring Annual
Student Activity Fee2 $59 $59 $118
Student Recreation Center Fee $53 $53 $106
Health and Wellness Support Services Fee $279 $279 558
Health Insurance - Student Premium only3 $980 $1,502 $2,482
Orientation Week Fees Fall
O-Week Activity Fee – Freshmen/Transfers $330
O-Week Room & Board – Freshmen/Transfers $350
O-Week Room & Board – Coordinators $200
iPrep Program Fee (Incoming International Undergraduate and Exchange Students) $195

Course Fees

Courses having additional charges are provided on the Course Schedule. In some cases the associated charges may be in lieu of Rice tuition and/or required fees. 

Additional 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.

Application Fee $75
College Withdrawal (breach of housing agreement) $1,000
Diploma Fee: Facsimile (8x10, mini-diploma) $20
Diploma Fee: Parchment (17x23, official diploma) $50
Diploma Mailing Fee: Domestic $30
Diploma Mailing Fee: International $50
Enrollment Verification $10
Internship per Semester $325
Late Application for Graduation $100
Late Course Change Fee (Add/Drop) $75
Late Payment Fee (calculated on amount past due) 1.5%
Late Registration Fee (Week 1-3) $75
Late Registration Fee (after Week 3) $125
Letter of Standing $10
Part-time Enrollment Fee $150
Payment Plan Fee $75
Preceptorship per semester $325
Readmission fee after withdrawal for nonpayment $375
Recreation Center Membership fees (Annual) $137
Recreation Center Membership fees (Summer) $34
Replacement Diploma Fee $50
Replacement Rice ID $10
Returned Payment Fee $30
Study Abroad Fee for Summer $228
Summer Health and Wellness Support Services Fee (Early Fall Matriculants) $147
Transcript Fee $10
Transcript Express Delivery Fee $30

Rates for Students Studying Abroad

Tuition and Fees Semester
Sponsoring Institution Agreement - Tuition Paid at Rice
Rice University Tuition
Required Fees
Student Activity Fee
Sponsoring Institution Agreement - Tuition Paid at Sponsoring Institution
Rice University Tuition
Required Fees
Enrollment Continuance Fee
Student Activity Fee

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 1st for Summer months, having a due date on the 10th. Charges are due by the due date on the E-Bill notice. Payment Plans are not available for the Summer semester.

Late Payments

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.

Delinquent Accounts

Rice University reserves the right to block or cancel the registration of any student who fails to pay, when due, any indebtedness to the institution.

Academic credits, transcripts, and diplomas will be withheld until all financial obligations are paid in full.

Student Financial Responsibility Agreement

Before enrollment for a new semester can occur, students must consent to a Student Financial Responsibility Agreement.


Tuition and Fee Reversals for Withdrawals and Drops

University Withdrawals 

Students officially withdrawing from all courses or dropping one or more course(s) are eligible for a 100% refund of tuition and fees through the deadlines listed on the Academic Calendar by semester.

Students officially withdrawing from all courses after the 100% reversal of tuition and fee deadline are eligible for a partial reversal of tuition. Fees are not reversed. Consult the Academic Calendar for specific tuition refund prorations based on the date of withdrawal. 

Dropped Courses

Students dropping individual course(s) after the 100% tuition reversal period will not be eligible for a refund and will remain liable for payment of full tuition and fee charges though certain exceptions may apply, outlined in the Registration Drop/Add section. Non-attendance does not constitute an official course drop or withdrawal.  All charges due to Rice University must be paid before refunds or adjustments will be permitted.

In cases of academic or disciplinary suspension, eligibility for tuition refunds and adjustments will depend on the conditions of the suspension and will be entirely at the option of the institution. Should unforeseen circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Rice University result in curtailing classes, closing residence facilities, or otherwise withdrawing services that are a normal function of the institution, refunds of any nature will be at the discretion of university administration.

Financial Aid

In addition to the university's reversal schedule and in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, if a student completely withdraws from the university and has utilized Federal Title IV funds (e.g. Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant [SEOG], Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan, Federal Direct PLUS, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS), during the semester in which they withdraw, the university will observe the federally mandated process in determining what, if any amount of money must be returned to the federal program(s).

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 of Credit Balances

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 through email to

Refund Delivery

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.

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. For current premium rates for university-provided student health insurance, see the Student Health Insurance website.

Living Expenses

Residence fees cover dining hall costs and residence maintenance. They are established each year as needs dictate.  For 2019-20, the annual room and board charge for residence in a residential college is $14,140.

Room and Board Semester Annual
Room $4,850 $9,700
Off Campus Meal Plan - Option A $2,220 $4,440
Off Campus Meal Plan - Option B $750 $1,500
Off Campus Meal Plan - Option C $1,350 $2,700
Off Campus Meal Plan - Option D $700 $1,400
Off Campus Meal Plan - Option E $425 $850
Off Campus Meal Plan - Option F $600 $1,200


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

College Dining 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 at

Refunds for Housing and Meal Plans

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.