Access and Opportunity Portal: About

Requests for financial support can be made to your residential college or the Access and Opportunity Portal depending on the nature and scope of the request.

The Residential College Accessibility Funds support the following:

  • Residential College merchandise
  • Rice bookstore paraphernalia (excluding textbooks)
  • Tickets to campus-wide events such as Rondelet, Esperanza, Senior Gala
  • Transportation to college related events
  • Off campus dinners or events
  • Peer-led trips
  • Other items not listed here at the Residential College Accessibility Fund's discretion

The Access & Opportunity Portal supports the following:

  • Academic and course related fees not covered by financial aid
  • Textbooks and course pack purchases
  • Assistance with laptop repair or replacement
  • Participation in student conferences, which could include travel costs
  • Expenses associated with commencement (e.g.: graduation fees, regalia, etc.)
  • Transportation costs associated with employment during the semester
  • MSAR/LSAT book guides
  • MCAT/GMAT/LSAT/GRE prep course and study materials or courses
  • Medical/Dental/Health-Professions School application fees
  • Secondary application fees
  • Interview travel and accommodations
  • Professional attire for employment or graduate school interviews not covered by outside organizations like Dress for Success or Career Gear
  • Travel and parking costs for a variety of experiences including off-campus interviews, externships, professional conferences
  • Career assessments such as the MBTI and the Strong Interest Inventory (offered through the Center for Career Development)
  • Fee for the Business Etiquette Lunch hosted by the Center for Career Development
  • Padfolios

The Access and Opportunity Portal will consider those requests from students experiencing financial challenges and are seeking support to allow them to participate in opportunities related to their academic, professional, social or interpersonal development. Requests for assistance are accepted on a rolling basis.

All currently enrolled undergraduate students, domestic and international, who exhibit need are eligible to submit an AOP funding request. Before submitting a request, review this funding list to insure you are requesting the correct type of support. Review the Frequently Asked Questions for additional helpful information.

Emergency Funding Requests

Emergency Funding Requests should be made to the Dean of Undergraduates office for those financial needs which require urgent, immediate attention and in which the undergraduate student requesting support is actively in crisis. Because these requests will be reviewed immediately upon receipt, only those requests requiring same day resolution will be considered. Although not an exhaustive list, requests that could be considered to be an emergency and eligible for funding include:

• Request for rent needed immediately due to impending eviction
• Funding for co-pays or upfront costs associated with emergency surgery

Please review the Access and Opportunity Portal and the Residential College Accessibility Fund information PRIOR to contacting making a request for Emergency Funding to insure that you are requesting the correct type of support. The type of requests considered to be Emergency Funding are very narrow in scope as the EFR is designed to address only the most urgent and serious financial concerns for undergraduate students.

*These lists are not exhaustive but meant to serve as a guide when determining where to seek support.