Rice University Tuition & Cost Guide

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Cost to Attend



All Residents

  • Tuition: $41,560
  • Room and Board:$13,650
  • Books and Supplies: $800
  • Other Fees: $693

*All tuition data is sourced from the 2015/2016 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Annual Prices

The annual list price to attend Rice University on a full time basis for 2015/2016 is $58,253 for all students regardless of their residency. This fee is comprised of $41,560 for tuition, $13,650 room and board, $800 for books and supplies and $693 for other fees.

Financial Aid and Student Loans - What does it really cost to attend?

The average reported annual net price for Rice University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $20,512 in 2014/2015.

Aid Amount Percent Receiving Aid
Average Annual Total Grant Aid $33,779 58%
Average Pell Grant $4,280 15%
Average Annual Federal Student Loan $4,375 17%

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Rice University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $78,700. The loan balance of $78,700 is a four year multiple of the $19,675 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $822 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.7%.

Example Loan $78,700
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.7%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $821.72
Total Interest Paid $19,906.14
Sum of All Loan Payments $98,606.14

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current published cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree at Rice University to be $233,012 - assuming graduation in normal time. Our estimation assumes a 4.8% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
All Residents $58,253 $61,032 $63,944 $66,994

Per Credit Hour and Per Class Prices

We estimate the cost for a class at Rice University as follows based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Rice University versus other colleges.

Cost Per Credit Hour Cost Per Class (3 credit hr) Cost Per Class (4 credit hr)
All Residents $1,732 $5,196 $6,928

Historical Tuition Prices

The cost to attend college is continually rising. The table below will provide perspective as to the historical tuition increases reported for Rice University and what it has cost to attend in past years.

Texas Resident Out of State Annual Percent Change
2010 $31,930 $31,930 7.5%
2009 $29,714 $29,714 9.5%
2008 $27,138 $27,138 11.9%
2007 $24,260 $24,260 12.1%
2006 $21,639 $21,639 9.7%
2005 $19,719 $19,719 5.9%
2004 $18,620 $18,620 5.2%
2003 $17,692 $17,692 5.1%
2002 $16,834 $16,834 5.7%
2001 $15,932 $15,932 0.9%
2000 $15,796 $15,796 11.8%
1999 $14,131 $14,131 7.9%
1998 $13,094 $13,094 8.8%
1997 $12,031 $12,031 8.2%
1996 $11,122 $11,122 6.9%
1995 $10,400 $10,400 7.8%
1994 $9,644 $9,644 13.5%
1993 $8,500 $8,500 10.4%
1992 $7,700 $7,700 11.3%
1991 $6,916 $6,917 13.4%
1990 $6,100 $6,100 15.1%
1989 $5,300 $5,300 3.5%
1988 $5,120 $5,120 10.8%
1987 $4,620 $4,620 0%

Tuition Payments

Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan Yes
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=227757 IPEDS survey data for Rice University.

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