Shepherd School Financial Assistance

Type   Cost
Tuition and Fees   $28,553
Books   $1,200
Room and Board   $14,500
Health Insurance   $2,575
Personal Expenses   $1,550
Transportation   $800
Total   $49,178*

*NOTE: Please estimate an additional $2000 for summer expenses.

Financial aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships for Shepherd School graduate students is administered entirely by the Shepherd School.  Upon submission of the Shepherd School of Music Application for Financial Aid you will be considered for all types of assistance offered by The Shepherd School of Music.  After you have been accepted, and if you are a U.S. citizen, you may also apply for student loans to cover any portion of your tuition that is not covered by scholarship, plus living expenses of about $4,000 each semester. International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid and will be required to provide proof of the ability to pay the entire cost of attending the Shepherd School when accepting an offer of admission.

Financial sources can include personal or family funds and any Rice scholarship or fellowship that is offered to the student. Please note the following distinctions: 

Financial Assistance

Any monies given to you by Rice University and/or the Shepherd School, including waivers of any fees.

Financial Aid

Monies awarded by the Rice Office of Financial Aid based on financial need established by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including gifts, loans, grants, and work study. 


Full tuition plus a stipend (duties are required).

Graduate Scholarship

Full or partial tuition (duties are required).