Message from the DOU: Fall 2020 Semester Fees

Message from the DOU: Fall 2020 Semester Fees

Thursday, August 5, 2020

Dear students,

I am writing today with an update and clarification on student fees for fall semester.

  • In case you missed the announcement last week, Rice has discounted parking fees by 50% for undergraduate students for this coming academic year. Students who had already paid the original price will have a refund credited to their account. This reduced parking rate will remain in effect until June 30, 2021. Undergraduate students with a permit may continue to park in any campus lots after 5:00pm, except for the Central Garage, college lots, Keck, Campanile, and Biology/Geology. If you have any questions about parking during the upcoming academic year, please contact the parking office at, or call 713-348-2020.
  • Health insurance; continues to be required for all students in the U.S. for the 2020-2021 academic year. You will have the same waiver process as in year’s past, with one exception. For fall semester, if you remain outside the Houston area when the semester starts, coverage that covers both emergency and non-emergency care where you are will be sufficient. If you move to Houston at any point during the semester, your waiver will be re-evaluated based on your location in Houston, and if necessary, we will enroll you in the student health plan at that time. Spring enrollment will work as always, with similar accommodations as the fall. International students can enroll in either Aetna Student Health or the SAS plan if they are residing in the United States. At this time, students are not required to show proof of insurance if they are residing outside of the United States. For more information about Rice University student health insurance, please visit If you have any questions about health insurance for the coming year, please contact or call 713-348-5544.
  • Student Activity Fee ($59 per semester) will remain for all students during the upcoming academic year. This fee, which is approved, collected, and allocated by students, supports student activities as a whole, many of which will be operating during the coming year and will support students both on campus and remote (e.g., Blanket Tax fund activities including the Rice Program Council, Campanile, Honor Council, University Court, KTRU, Thresher, Student Association). If you have any questions about the Student Activity Fee, please reach out to the Student Association Treasurer at
  • Health and Wellness Center fee ($285.50) continues to be required for all students during the 2020-2021 academic year. The Rice Counseling Center (RCC), Wellbeing Office, Student Health Services (SHS) and SAFE office staff will continue to provide supportive services to students who need them throughout the semester. For students within the continental U.S., this includes access to telemed services through the RCC and SHS. In addition, please note that RCC has a referral specialist who can help any student, regardless of location, find a local provider if they will be studying remote this fall. If you have any questions about the Health and Wellness Center fee, please contact Allison Vogt, Associate Dean of Students, at
  • Gibbs Recreation Center has officially reopened. The Rec Team has been hard at work making sure those of you who will be on campus can complete your workouts in a clean, safe space and ensuring that those are staying at home will have continued opportunities for fitness and health. For those of you returning to campus, you can expect to see many changes throughout the building, including where equipment is located, how spaces are used, and what services are offered. In addition, new technology, stringent cleaning procedures and physical distancing protocols are in place to support the well-being of our members and team. For a comprehensive overview of all additional measures that have been put in place to safeguard the health of the Rice community, please follow this link.
  • SWEAT and Mind/Body classes will continue to be offered virtually through the fall semester. As a member, you will have free access to all SWEAT and mind/body classes, with options for purchasing virtual specialty classes and virtual personal training. There will also be a myriad of options for free, in-person, outdoor exercise classes to all Rec members once the semester begins. Recreation Programming includes intramural and club sports, the outdoor program and wellness workshops. The Rec will offer a variety of programs and competitions throughout the semester. While a current schedule of events is still being assembled, you can expect such programming as individual sport competitions, day trips and micro-adventures to explore the Texas outdoors, e-sports tournaments, cooking demos and drop-in mindfulness meditation sessions.
  • Rec Center Fees. The Rec Center fee is $54 per semester, and students have the choice to opt out for the Fall 2020 semester. The deadline for opting out is Monday, August 24th, and the form to do so will be available beginning Monday, August 10. Please note: Students who choose to opt out will not have access to any rec center services, including virtual offerings or on campus facilities. For additional information or to ask questions, please email or call 713-348-4058.

I hope you have found this message helpful. Please note, I will be writing again soon with information on coronavirus testing sign-up for returning students who are living off campus this fall, and I will also provide an update on our surveillance testing protocol for all undergraduate students during fall semester.


Bridget Gorman, Dean of Undergraduates