Incoming graduate students are eligible for a variety of fellowships and other forms of financial assistance. Over 90% of newly enrolled graduate students are provided with a financial incentive package that includes a Graduate Fellowship and a tuition waiver, and many departments offer multi-year financial assistance to students who are making normal progress towards a graduate degree.
Graduate students are encouraged to compete for National Fellowships that support their graduate work at Rice. Fellowships from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Fullbright Foundation, the Ford Foundation and GEM are examples of such awards. The University provides advice and assistance to graduate students applying to such programs.
Rice is the recipient of NIH, NSF and NASA sponsored Federal Training Grant Programs. These provide stipend traineeships and tuition to graduate students studying in research areas supported by these programs. In some programs, internships in industrial laboratories are available.
Rice participates in all federal student loan programs, and the Rice University Financial Aid Office can assist graduate students in the preparation of applications. Both the Rice Graduate Student Association and the Graduate Studies Office provide loans to graduate students who require emergency assistance. These loans are low-interest.
Tuition at Rice is low compared to most private major research universities. To further assist its students, Rice provides full or partial tuition waivers to many graduate students. Furthermore, all doctoral students completing ten semesters of full-time graduate study receive a major reduction in tuition and are charged tuition at the reduced rate. Students in the Shepherd School of Music and in the School of Architecture receive a reduction in tuition after six semesters of full-time study.