Undergraduate Tuition, Fees & Expenses

What you should know

Rates provided reflect standard undergraduate tuition and fee rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and are an estimate of costs, varying based on credits enrolled and other mitigating factors. Amounts listed are per-term rates, unless noted.

Fall & Spring 2020 - 2021

Full Regular Tuition $25,155
Part-time Approved Tuition1 $2,096 per credit; maximum $25,155
Student Activity Fee2 $59
Recreation Center Fee $54
Health & Wellness Support Fee $285.50
Room - On Campus $4,950
Meals - On Campus Plan $2,300
Health Insurance3
Assessed Fall Semester
Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students
Orientation Week Activity Fee $325
Room & Board - Students $350
Room & Board - Coordinators $200
Undergraduate International Orientation Fee
Incoming International Students

1 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 enrolled. Tuition is calculated on credits enrolled plus an additional $175 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.

2 Fifth-year students in professional degree programs and students working toward a second bachelor’s degree pay a reduced student activities fee of $6.85 per semester, which covers the Student Association, Student Organizations Activity, University Court, and Honor Council portions of the activity fee.

3 Visit Student Health Insurance for rates and waiver requirements.

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

Additional fees may apply, based on events or specific requests.

Room Information

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.

Meal Plan Information

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.