Subsidy for Doctoral Students

For the academic year 2020-21, Rice University will contribute $1,735 toward the cost of annual premiums for students who meet the eligibility requirements for the subsidy.

Student must meet ALL eligibility requirements to receive any of the subsidy:

  • Full time Doctoral student
  • Within first eight years of graduate study at Rice University
  • Enrolled in the Rice medical insurance plan
  • Insurance costs are not covered by a third party, such as an outside fellowship

Full time doctoral students are eligible for the subsidy whether or not they receive other financial support from the university.

The premium, subsidy, and net cost to qualifying student with the subsidy are:

Annual Student only $2,580 $1,735 $845
Annual Spouse/Domestic Partner $2,580 $619 $1,961
Annual One Child * $2,580 $619 $1,961
Fall only Student only $1,082 $728 $354
Fall only Spouse/Domestic Partner $1,082 $260 $822
Fall only One Child * $1,082 $260 $822
Spring/summer only Student only $1,498 $1,008 $490
Spring/summer only Spouse/Domestic Partner $1,498 $359 $1,139
Spring/summer only One Child * $1,498 $359 $1,139

For any questions regarding the subsidy, please contact the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

* Premium is per child; however, no additional premium is charged if more than two children are covered. The doctoral medical insurance subsidy will be extended to both the first and second children.

To file any qualifying event, including the birth of a newborn, please email
Both the insurance premium and subsidy will be prorated by Rice.