At Rice, we believe that all talent deserves opportunity. The Shepherd School of Music has a strong history of supporting students financially. The school awards need-based funds through the Rice University Office of Financial Aid, merit scholarships, or a combination of the two. International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid.
The Rice Investment is one of the nation’s most generous financial aid initiatives that increases access to an affordable, quality education for low- and middle-income students. Beginning in fall 2019 under The Rice Investment, middle-income families with typical assets will receive grant aid to cover full tuition if they earn up to $130,000 per year, and half tuition for families earning between $130,001-$200,000. In addition, students with family incomes below $65,000 will receive grant aid covering not only their full tuition, but also all of their mandatory fees and room and board. Students receiving aid under The Rice Investment will have all demonstrated need met without any loans.
In addition to Rice University’s generous and responsive financial aid program, The Shepherd School of Music awards competitive merit-based scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional musical accomplishment and potential. Music students who wish to be considered for a merit award are required to apply for need-based assistance and complete the Shepherd School Financial Assistance Application.