Admissions Information

Special Requirements: International Students:

  • Transcripts translated to English and grade point average (GPA) converted to a 4.0 scale
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE unofficial score report if most recent degree was not taught in English

For more information regarding our admissions requirements, please visit our application guide.


Financing Your Degree

The primary sources of funding for International Students are

  • Personal resources
  • Lending institutions in your home country or an International Loan Organization
  • Private student loans through a US lending institution (requires a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident cosigner).
  • Semester Payment Plan

In the interest of assisting our students with the funding process, our office has compiled a list of funding-related websites for your convenience. Please note that you are not limited to the lending institutions or organizations listed here and you must research, apply individually, and work directly with the funding resource.  

International Payments
For those planning to wire funding from abroad, Rice University has partnered with flywire to facilitate this process at as low a cost to you as possible. Please reference the University Cashier's Office for additional information.

International Loan Organizations
The following loan opportunities may not require a US citizen or permanent resident co-signer. 

Banco de México-FIDERH is a federal trust managed by the Central Banco de México that offers affordable low-interest loans to Mexican students for graduate studies either in Mexico or abroad.

Global Student Loan Corporation is a third-party loan facilitator that assists in providing educational loans without a US citizen or permanent resident co-signer to citizens of India. 

US Loan Organizations
US banks require international students to have a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder) co-signer when applying. Rice University's Office of Financial Aid Private Loans page contains an historical lender list that may assist your search. If interested, please navigate to that page and select the ELMSelect link at the bottom. Please note that you are not limited to this list and may apply with any lending institution of your choice. Due to the loan processing timeline, we recommend you begin the application process no earlier than May 15 for the coming academic year. Processing begins around June 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Rice University act as a co-signer on a student loan?
No. The institution does not act as a co-signer or guarantor of student loans.

When do I start applying for Private Student Loans?
The loan application process begins after (a) you are admitted to the program and (b) you submit your enrollment deposit. (c) Our system begins processing Private Student Loan applications around June 1 for the coming academic year. We recommend you begin applying with the lender of your choice no earlier than May 15.

How much should I borrow?
We always encourage you to borrow conservatively. In deciding how much to borrow, a basic principle is to borrow sufficient funding to cover the costs for the academic year (Fall + Spring).

Disclaimer: The above list of funding organizations is provided as a courtesy to assist you in your funding research and we do not promote the use of any particular entity. Neither the Jones Graduate School of Business nor Rice University receive any form of compensation, monetary or otherwise, from the organizations listed and the University does not assume any liability. Students must research, contact the organization directly, and confirm their eligibility to apply for funding through these organizations and institutions.

Admissions Information