Cost of Study and Financial Aid


Qualified doctoral and thesis master’s students often receive departmental stipends of $21,000-$30,000 per year to cover living expenses.  That means you can earn your Ph.D. and get paid for it.  Stipend and/or tuition support is also available in some master’s programs. 


The tuition for full-time graduate students entering in the 2018-2019 academic year is $46,600.  Students that receive departmental stipends or secure a competitive external fellowship are typically offered full-tuition support.   For students enrolling in Architecture, Shepherd School of Music, and Professional Master's programs, tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $31,000-$54,000.

After ten semesters of full-time study in one degree program (excluding the summer semesters), continuing students are eligible for a reduced tuition rate. The reduced rate, like standard rate, varies by department/program 

Please see the Cashier’s website for tuition rate in specific degree programs.  


Annual fees are $583 for 2018-2019.  Additional information regarding fees can be found on the Cashier's website

Health Insurance

All graduate students are required to have health insurance.  Additional information regarding health insurance and the doctoral medical insurance subsidy can be found on the Student Health Insurance website.

Living and Housing Costs

Houston has a reasonable cost of living for a major city. The Graduate Apartments, which opened in the summer of 1999, offers housing at moderate cost and is close to campus. Also available as housing options exclusively to Rice graduate students are the Morningside Square Apartments and the Rice Village Apartments.  Additional information regarding housing options is also available


In addition to the merit-based aid described above, the Office of Financial Aid offers need-based aid in the form of loans to graduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees.