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Frequently Asked Questions

The information provided on this page refers only to our non-credit programs. For questions regarding credit programs such as the Master of Liberal Studies or Rice Summer School for College Students, use the navigation at left.

Who can take Continuing Studies courses?

Do I have to be a Rice graduate?

Do I need a degree?

When are your courses offered?

How do I register for a course?

Where are the Continuing Studies offices?

What are your business hours?

Where do I park for my Continuing Studies course?

Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

Can I reserve a place in a class?

What is the deadline for registration?

Do you accept late registrations?

Can I attend the first class before I pay?/Can I see if I like the class before I pay?/Can I pay half of the fee up front and then the other half after I determine I want to stay in the class?

Do you give discounts for senior citizens, alumni, or any other discounts?

Do you offer financial aid?

Is my course tax deductible?

How do I use a course gift certificate issued by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies?

Will I need books for my class?

If I miss a class, can I make it up in another section or in another semester?

Will I receive a refund if I decide not to take a course?

How do I request a refund?

Do you offer online courses?

Can I earn college credit for Continuing Studies courses?

What is a CEU? I have an idea for a Continuing Studies course. How do I submit it?

I would like to teach a course. Whom should I contact?

I have a concern or wish to file a complaint. Whom should I contact?  

Who can take Continuing Studies courses?
Do I have to be a Rice graduate?
Do I need a degree?
 

Continuing Studies classes are open to adults, with the exception of a few courses for high school students. A few courses have prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions, and some programs require a bachelor's degree (which does not have to be from Rice but must be from an accredited institution). See individual program pages for specifics.

When are your courses offered?  

Personal development courses are offered in two major sessions a year, beginning in January and August. Language courses are offered year round. Professional development and Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership courses are offered at various times of the year, but typically begin in spring or fall. Please see the Master of Liberal Studies program for its schedule.

How do I register for a course? 

You can register on the Web for most courses (with the exception of ESL, credit programs and some professional development programs). Additionally, you can call 713-348-4803 to register using a credit card. Some programs have an application process. Visit our Registration page for more information.

Where are the Continuing Studies offices? 

We are located in the Anderson-Clarke Center, the three-story building on the left as you come in Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Drive. It is building #4 on the campus map. Visitor parking spaces are available on the backside of the building.

What are your business hours? 

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Where do I park for my Continuing Studies course? 

You will receive important information about parking in your enrollment acknowledgment; please read and retain all parking information. Visit our Parking Information page for more information.

Will I receive confirmation of my registration? 

You will receive an enrollment acknowledgment in the mail approximately one week after registration (although this varies by program). This will include classroom location, campus map, parking information, book requirements and other information relating to your particular class.

Can I reserve a place in a class? 

We do not accept course reservations. Only payment in advance assures you a place in class.

What is the deadline for registration?  

In general, we accept registrations up until the first class session, as long as there is space available in the class. Many classes fill quickly; we recommend that you register as early as possible. Some Personal Development and Professional Development courses have an early registration discount. See course listings for details. Visit our Registration page for more information. If you have waited until the day a class starts to register, please call us at 713-348-4803; if you register online at the last minute you risk not getting course location or parking information. 

Do you accept late registrations? 

We accept some late registrations depending on the course and space availability. If you would like to enroll in a course that has started, please call 713-348-4803 to inquire about late registration.

Can I attend the first class before I pay?/Can I see if I like the class before I pay?/Can I pay half of the fee up front and then the other half after I determine I want to stay in the class? 

You may only attend class if you have paid the full fee amount.

Do you give discounts for senior citizens, alumni or any others? 

We do not have a senior citizen discount. Some courses feature discounts for members of a co-sponsoring organization. Association of Rice Alumni members are eligible for a reduced fee for all non-limited enrollment courses including most courses in Arts, Humanities and Sciences and Personal Finance. Visit our Policies page for more information.

Do you offer financial aid? 

Although Rice does not offer financial aid for continuing education, many of our professional development courses do qualify for favorable education loans. For more information, please visit the Professional Development page.

Is my course tax deductible? 
An individual may be able to claim a tax deduction or a tax credit for the cost of attending this continuing education program. However, we do not issue 1098-Ts. Non-academic credit programs such as continuing education courses do not require a 1098-T per IRS guidelines. Please keep a copy of your receipt and consult with your tax advisor about whether your payment meets the regulations that apply to tax deductions and tax credits. The University’s Federal Tax ID Number is 74-1109620.

How do I use a course gift certificate issued by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies? 

To use a gift certificate to register for a course, the registrant must call the GSCS office at 713-348-4803 and reference the number on the top right of the gift certificate. Each certificate may be used only for what is stated on the gift certificate, and it may only be used for a course that begins prior to the expiration date listed. Gift certificates have no cash value and may not be used for a discount on a course which costs more than the amount listed on the certificate.

Will I need books for my class? 

Some courses have required and/or recommended texts. For information on books for your course see individual program pages on our website or call 713-348-4803. 

If I miss a class, can I make it up in another section or in another semester? 

No, in most cases another section is not available, and we do not carry over registrations from one session to another. If handouts were distributed in the class you missed, you can request those handouts at the next class from the course attendant. Some individual programs, such as ESL, the Foreign Language Program and Center for College Readiness have their own policies on missed classes. Please call or consult their websites.

Will I receive a refund if I decide not to take a course? 

Refund policies differ, depending on the type of course. For non-limited enrollment courses, you can receive a refund if your written request is received 10 working days before class starts. Limited enrollment courses have other refund requirements. For more information, see our Policies page and specific refund policies that apply to ESL, Foreign Language Program and Center for College Readiness. For refunds on books purchased at the Rice Bookstore, please refer to the store’s refund policy.

How do I request a refund? 

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. You may submit a refund request by e-mail to gscs@rice.edu or, if the course is a language course, to fl@rice.edu. Refund requests for Center for College Readiness courses should be addressed to collegeready@rice.edu. Include your first and last name on the subject line. Or you may send a fax to 713-348-5213. You also may mail in a refund request or deliver it to our office. Please note that refunds can take two to three weeks to process.

Do you offer online courses? 

Yes, we offer a variety of online courses. Please visit our Online Programs page for more information.

Can I earn college credit for Continuing Studies courses? 

Continuing Studies courses do not confer college credit with the exception of the Master of Liberal Studies program and courses in Rice University’s Summer School for College Students, administered by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Some Continuing Studies programs confer professional continuing education credit, which is indicated in the course description. All courses grant participants Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – one unit for every ten hours of classroom time.

What is a CEU? 

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized uniform unit of measurement of individual participation in non-credit continuing education. One Continuing Education Unit is defined as "ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience, under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction." CEUs provide the framework for individuals to document their efforts to update or broaden their knowledge or skills through a variety of non-credit educational options. CEUs are granted for classroom hours and are not granted for hours spent at such activities as performances, field trips or tours.

I have an idea for a Continuing Studies course. How do I submit it? 

You may submit your ideas by e-mail to gscs@rice.edu.

I would like to teach a course. Whom should I contact? 

You may submit a course proposal by e-mail to gscs@rice.edu. Please give specific topics relating to your course idea, as well as the specific audience you think would be likely to take the course. Indicate your teaching experience and credentials in the subject you would like to teach.

I have a concern or wish to file a complaint. Whom should I contact? 

You may contact us directly through postal mail, e-mail, fax or phone.

Mailing Address: Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
MS 550, Rice University,
P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251
E-mail:gscs@rice.edu Fax number: 713-348-5213
Main telephone number: 713-348-4803

If you have a complaint about parking, please e-mail gscsparkhelp@rice.edu.