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Low Cost Dental/Vision Options

DENTAL

Vital Savings on Dental Discount Program

Students who enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan, will be automatically enrolled in the Vital Savings on Dental Discount program at no additional fee. You do not need to elect the Vital Savings option when enrolling in the medical plan. Please visit the Vital Savings for more information.

Students who submit an insurance waiver application are still eligible to purchase this coverage by clicking here.

Important: The Vital Savings program is a discount program, it is NOT insurance. You can enroll in both Vital Savings and the dental insurance plan.

NEW for 22/23 - BrightSmile for students - a custom designed dental coverage plan

As a Rice student you and your family have access to custom dental insurance. To learn more or to enroll during Open Enrollment, visit BrightSmile for students. Once enrolled, you are covered up to $1,250 annually for over 200+ dental procedures at any dental office in the nation. Further, you pay $0.00 out of pocket for covered dental treatment at two convenient practice locations near Rice at Greenway Plaza and UH.

UT School of Dentistry

All procedures are performed by UT Dental students under the supervision of clinical faculty members. Patients are accepted on the basis of their specific needs. Treatment and services typically range from $150 - $175.

For more information, please visit their website here.

For an initial assesment appointment, please call 713-486-4000, Option 2.

Appointments can be made 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. daily, until all appointments for the following week are booked.

VISION

Eye Excellence

Eye Excellence offers discounts to Rice University students that do not have vision coverage. The Aetna student health insurance plan, provided to all students by Rice University, does not include vision coverage.

In order to verify that you are a current Rice University student, you will be asked to present your Rice Student ID at check-in. Your student ID will allow you to receive a full vision exam at a discounted price of $35.00 if you do NOT have any insurance. If you are enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan, a full vision exam will be $42.00.

For contact lens wearers; you receive 10% off the contact lens fitting fee (this varies based on the type of lenses) for students enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.

When you call to make your appointment, please tell the receptionist that you are a Rice University college student.

They are conveniently located within walking distance from campus:

6624 Fannin St #2105,
Houston, TX 77030 (see map here)

Appointments may be made by calling 713-364-0192

The University of Houston Eye Institute

The University Eye Institute offers discounts for students enrolled in Houston area colleges that do not have vision coverage. In order to verify that your current insurance plan does not provide vision coverage, they will ask for all insurance details. They will then present you with a voucher. This voucher allows you to recive a full vision exam at a discounted price of $32.00. You may take their prescription to any outside optical or use their optical and receive the college discount of 30% off your purchase .

For contact lens wearers; you receive 25% off the contact lens fitting fee (this varies based on the type of lenses) and 15% off the purchase of contact lenses.

At the time the appointment is made, you should alert the University Eye Institute that you are a college student. You must present your college ID at check-in to receive the discounts offered.

Appointments may be made by calling the appointment line at 713-743-2020 or online at http://www.opt.uh.edu/patient-care/uei/appointments/