Tuition and Fees

For the 2018-2019 academic year, MLS tuition is $2,900 per course.

Annual tuition increases should be expected. For more detailed information, see the academic Policies.


Fees include but are not limited to: Student services fee: $48 per session Parking fee: $85-$285 per year, depending on permit Graduate Student Association Fee: $22 per session (no more than $44 per year) Fees cover a campus ID from the campus police, a commuter parking permit, a Rice email account and Fondren Library privileges.


First-session students will receive their required texts at no charge. Following their first session, all students are responsible for the cost of their required texts.

Financial Aid

The MLS program offers limited scholarships to current students who demonstrate financial need. The program is actively seeking individuals or corporations who could underwrite a scholarship fund to help worthy students pursue their degree. However, you may choose to apply for a student loan through a private lending agency. Be sure to choose only those loans which do not require the school or university to "certify" the loan.

Refund of Tuition and Fees

All tuition refunds are subject to the refund schedule below: Week 1: 100 percent of tuition (minus any textbook costs); fees are refunded Week 2: 50 percent of tuition is refunded (minus any textbook costs); fees are not refunded Week 3: 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.