Policies

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Policies

PHONE: 713-348-4803 FAX: 713-348-5213

WEBSITE: glasscock.rice.edu EMAIL: gscs@rice.edu

BUSINESS HOURS: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

PHYSICAL LOCATION: Entrance #8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Drive D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center MAIL ADDRESS: Rice University, 6100 Main St., MS 550, Houston, TX 77005-1827

Unless otherwise noted, Continuing Studies classes are open to adults aged 18 and older. Registration for most courses offered by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies can be completed online by creating a profile, adding courses to your shopping cart and using our secure payment gateway. Others, such as our credit and some certificate programs, have an application process. The information on this page applies mainly to those programs that do not require an application. Please call us at 713-348-4803 with any questions. 

Note: Checks submitted to Rice University for payment may be converted into an electronic funds transfer from your account. Cash is not accepted as a form of payment.

ON THE WEB: Online registration is available for most courses at glasscock.rice.edu. 
BY PHONE: Call 713-348-4803 during business hours. To register for Language Programs, call 713-348-4019.
IN PERSON: Register during business hours at the Anderson-Clarke Center, Entrance #8, at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Drive. Short-term parking spaces are available behind the building.
BY FAX: Some of our programs may have downloadable registration forms on the website at glasscock.rice.edu which you can fax to 713-348-5213.

Note: Not all registration options are available for all courses. For your protection, we will not accept enrollments or payment by email.

Discount for Rice Students, Faculty, Retirees, Staff (plus spouses and partners)

Please call 713-348-4803 to receive the appropriate discount code. A 50 percent discount on non-limited enrollment courses, including most courses in the categories of Humanities & Social Scienses and Science, Technology & Health, is offered to Rice University students, faculty, retirees, staff, and spouses and partners. The discount is 10 percent on limited enrollment courses. No discounts are offered for Language Programs, wine-tasting classes or cooking classes, and we reserve the right to modify the discount on certain courses. Discounts do not apply to the cost of books or supplies. Please indicate your Rice University status when you register. However, the discount on Graduate Liberal Studies and Master of Arts in Teaching tuition is 10 percent for benefits-eligible staff and faculty once admitted into the program, and there is no discount for family members, partners or spouses of staff or faculty.

Discount for Rice University Alumni

Rice University alumni receive discounts on select programs offered by the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Alumni are now offered a 10 percent discount on select offerings for personal and professional development and other opportunities for enrichment through the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies except for Language Program courses. The reduced fee is indicated in the course description. Only one discount may be applied to the course fee; the registration system will use the lowest rate. For the Master of Liberal Studies and the Master of Arts in Teaching programs, alumni receive a 15 percent discount on tuition once admitted into the program.

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of the dates listed by program area. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

Program specific refund policies are as follows:

Personal Development, Professional Development and Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership

10 working days before class starts. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping
fees will be deducted.

Center for College Readiness

30 working days before class starts.

School Literacy and Culture

30 working days before class starts.

Master of Arts in Teaching & Teacher Education

Rice University’s regular withdrawal policies apply.

Graduate Liberal Studies

All tuition refunds are subject to the refund schedule below:
• 1st Week: 100 percent of tuition is refunded (minus any textbook costs); fees are refunded
• 2nd Week: 50 percent of tuition is refunded (minus any textbook costs); fees are not refunded
• 3rd Week: 25 percent of tuition is refunded (minus any textbook costs); fees are not refunded
There are no tuition refunds after the third week of the session.

ESL Communication Skills Program

Course fees will be refunded in full if the class is canceled or if a student cancels a registration before the application deadline

  • If cancellation is made after the application deadline but before 5 p.m. on the last business day before classes begin, a $30 processing fee will be deducted from the refund
  • Students withdrawing before the fourth class meeting will receive a refund of one-third of the course fee
  • There is no refund for any student withdrawing after the fourth class meeting
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing to esl@rice.edu
  • Refunds will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement
  • Refunds for enrollments paid by check can take up to four weeks to be processed

There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds

Intensive English Program

  • The $100 testing and registration fee is non-refundable
  • New students canceling by 4 p.m. on the last business day before classes begin will be charged a $100 cancellation fee to cover the cost of testing and registration
  • Returning students canceling after the re-enrollment deadline and by 4 p.m. on the last business day before classes begin will be charged a $50 cancellation fee
  • Students withdrawing after 4 p.m. on the last business day before classes begin and before 4 p.m. on the tenth day of class will receive a refund of one-third of their tuition (Students who have paid $2,240 will receive a $750 refund.)
  • There is no refund for any student withdrawing after the tenth day of class
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing to esl@rice.edu
  • Refunds will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement
  • Refunds for enrollments paid by check can take up to four weeks to be processed
  • There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

English Communication Now

  • The $75 testing and registration fee is non-refundable
  • The tuition of $1120 will be refunded in full if the class is canceled or if a student cancels a registration before 4 p.m. on the last business day before classes begin
  • Students withdrawing by 4 p.m. on the tenth day of class will receive a refund of one-third of the tuition
  • There is no refund for any student withdrawing after the tenth day of class
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing to esl@rice.edu
  • Refunds will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check can take up to four weeks to be processed.
  • There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds

Foreign Language Program

  • Course fees will be refunded in full if the class is canceled or if a student cancels a registration before the application deadline. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to fl@rice.edu. See the calendar.
  • If cancellation is made after the application deadline but before 5:00 p.m. on the last business day before classes begin, a $30 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. Students withdrawing before the fourth class meeting will receive a refund of one-third of the course fee. There is no refund for any student withdrawing after the fourth class meeting
  • Refunds will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check can take up to four weeks to be processed. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.

Some courses have required or recommended texts. For information on books for your course see individual program pages at glasscock.rice.edu or call 713-348-4803.

Although we make every effort to maintain the published class schedules, insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen occurrences may require a schedule change, cancellation or instructor substitution. These changes will be posted on the website, and we will attempt to notify you as early as possible. In the event of a schedule adjustment or cancellation, neither Rice University nor the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies shall be held responsible for any non-refundable costs incurred by a participant, including, but not limited to, transportation or accommodation fees.

Rice University is committed to providing equal opportunity and access to the educational environment. Rice’s Disability Support Services supports and implements federal guidelines included in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have a documented disability that may affect academic performance, you should take the following steps:
1. Provide documentation for the file in Rice University’s Disability Support Services Office (Allen Center, Room 111; 713-348-5841; adarice@rice.edu). For documentation guidelines and forms, visit www.dss.rice.edu and click on “Student Information.”
2. Inform the program coordinator in the Glasscock School, preferably at least 10 days in advance of the first day of class. Call 713-348-4803 or email gscs@rice.edu to be connected with the program coordinator associated with your class.

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