Undergraduate tuition and total cost at Rice University will increase beginning the next academic school year, officials said last week.

The total cost of living will increase to $51,950, up 4.1 percent from the previous year. Mandatory fees will be $690, and room and board will cost $13,000, according to university officials. The cost of tuition will rise 4.5 percent from the previous school year.

“We know paying for college is a challenge for many families, and we are committed to keeping a Rice education affordable and accessible to people from all backgrounds,” Rice President David Leebron said in a statement. “At the same time, a relatively modest rise in tuition along with contributions from our endowment and donors allow us to maintain the high quality of research, teaching and services that give our students one of the best educations anywhere.”

University officials say Rice’s tuition has historically been about $5,000 to $7,000 less than at peer research universities. Since 2009, freshmen entering Rice who qualify for need-based aid and whose expected family contribution is $80,000 or less have not had to take out student loans.

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Rice increases its financial aid package each year based on the increase in the cost of attendance, officials said.

The university provides financial aid that includes grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs, which 63 percent of Rice’s undergraduate students receive. Nearly 18 percent of students also currently receive federal Pell grants.

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“Generous financial aid and the high quality of education for which Rice is known account for the university consistently being named among the top 10 best values among private schools in the country,” Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment said in a statement.