Policies

Refund Policy

Refunds, Transfers and Substitutions

Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of the dates listed below 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.

Personal Development courses
Professional Development programs
Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership programs

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 programs
School Literacy and Culture programs

15 working days before class starts.

Master of Arts in Teaching & Teacher Education programs

Rice University’s regular withdrawal policies apply.

Master of Liberal Studies program

All tuition refunds are subject to the refund schedule below:

  • 1st Week: 100% of tuition is refunded (minus any textbook costs); fees are refunded
  • 2nd Week: 50% of tuition is refunded (minus any textbook costs); fees are not refunded
  • 3rd Week: 25% of tuition is refunded (minus any textbook costs); fees are not refunded

There are no tuition refunds after the third week of session.

Foreign Language and English As a Second Language programs

Please visit languages.rice.edu and esl.rice.edu, or call 713-348-4019.

Processing Fee, Substitutions and Transfers:

A 10 percent processing fee will subtracted from all refunds. To avoid the 10 percent processing fee:

  1. In some cases, you may substitute another person within your organization or family, if you make the request at least 5 working days before the class starts.
  2. You may transfer to another course that starts in the same semester as the original registration, if you do so before the above cancellation deadline for each program area. If the fee for the new course is higher, the difference must be paid at the time of transfer. If the fee for the new course is lower, a refund will be issued for the difference. If textbooks were issued for the first course, the cost of the books will be deducted when the transfer is made and you must pay any difference in tuition for the new course.
  3. Requests for substitutions or transfers 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 cash or 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.

Release: On occasion, the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies may photograph or videotape classrooms, instructors and participants for promotional or historical purposes. Acceptance of this enrollment authorizes Rice University to use your photograph in its official publications, advertisements or for other promotional purposes on the Web or to submit to news organizations. 

Discounts

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

A 50 percent discount on non-limited enrollment courses, including most courses in the categories of Arts, Humanities and Sciences and Personal Finance, 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 MLS and MAT 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 all 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.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us.

Read Rice University's Policy No. 808: Protection of Personally Identifiable Information. (PDF)

The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is committed to protecting the privacy and personal data it receives from customers. We want you to know that when you use one of our websites, the privacy of your personally identifiable information will be respected and protected. While the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies strives to take reasonable measures to protect the privacy of our customers, this Privacy Policy is not a contract and does not create any legal rights or obligations.

No personal information is collected on this website from consumers who browse for information about the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies or its programs. Personal information collected for requesting a catalog, joining an email list, RSVP forms, registering for a course or other forms is not saved through cookies and is not used in online advertising. The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will not release contact information to third parties.

The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies uses remarketing to advertise to prospective students. Third-party vendors, including Google, may show you ads on sites across the Internet for the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Education based on your previous visit to one of our websites or our YouTube channel.

We use cookies on our websites. Cookies are small text files created by a Web server, delivered through a Web browser and stored on your computer. They provide a means for websites that you visit to keep track of online patterns and preferences, as well as to identify return visitors. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s past visits to our website.

You can opt out of Google's use of cookies by visiting the Ads Preferences Manager. You can opt out of other third-party vendor and Google's use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

For questions about this policy, please email gscs@rice.edu.

This privacy policy was last updated March 25, 2013.