Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition per semester (full-time) for 2015-16 is $7,006 for Illinois residents and $12,036 for nonresidents. Additional fees (covering university and general services, health insurance, health service, transportation, etc.) may apply. Complete information about these tuition and fee assessments, exemptions, and refunds is available from the Office of the Registrar, 901 W. Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 333-0210.

  • Additional costs: On-campus housing for graduate students is available through the university for the academic year; double occupancy rooms and meal contracts also are available. Students also live in a variety of off-campus locations, including private apartments and university-operated family housing. Additional information is available from University Housing.

Leep Online Learning
Tuition follows a different schedule and is charged per hour. For academic year 2015-16, it is $2,544 for 4 graduate hours (in-state) / $4,212 for 4 graduate hours (out-of-state) including an Academic Outreach administrative fee of $50 per credit hour. Leep students are not charged on-campus service fees (covering university and general services, health insurance, health service, transportation, etc.) and therefore they are not eligible to receive these services. Complete information about these tuition and fee assessments is available from the Center for Innovation and Learning, (217) 333-3060, or (800) 252-1360.

  • Additional costs: Leep students are required to start their program with a seven-day residency in Champaign-Urbana. In addition, for each semester of enrollment through Spring 2015, all students travel to the Urbana campus for a two- to five-day stay. As of Summer 2015, this additional residency requirement will be eliminated, but the initial seven-day residency will continue. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation and food costs during these required times in Champaign-Urbana. GSLIS provides information about discounted hotel and other accommodations. Accommodation costs vary from $40/night - $100/night. See for additional information about Leep.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Financial Aid – Student Loans
GSLIS students are eligible for student loans based on guidelines administered by the UI Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Many jobs in LIS also qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Many restrictions apply based on lender and other funding sources. If you have received loans and then receive another form of funding (GA, RA, TA, hourly, etc.) contact OSFA immediately. Other awards will affect your loan amount, and you may need to repay or relinquish loan-based funds.

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistantships are the primary source of financial aid and are available through GSLIS, the University Library, and at many other units across the campus. Students in these positions receive both a monthly stipend and the base in-state tuition and service fee waivers and enhanced professional experience. Assistantships range from 25-percent-time nine-month appointments to 50-percent-time 12-month appointments. Non-Illinois residents must pay the difference between in- and out-of-state tuition.

Graduate Hourly
Graduate hourly positions are also available through GSLIS, the University Library, and many other units across campus. These appointments are identical to assistantships but do not include the base in-state tuition or service fee waivers.

*These positions are not awarded automatically upon admission to incoming students. In order to be considered for positions students must apply – see below for application instructions.

Applying for Assistantships and Hourly positions
Who is eligible?
Any student who has been admitted (most assistantships require residency in Champaign-Urbana)

Where do I look for open positions?
GSLIS has consolidated GSLIS and campus position posting sites here

How do I apply?
Applying for assistantships is synonymous with applying for a job. Students should expect to submit application materials including a current resume and tailored cover letter. Specific requirements and submission information will be available with each open position advertisement. If considered for a position, students should expect to be interviewed, either on-campus or via phone/Skype.

GSLIS Scholarships

GSLIS offers small scholarships funded by donors to help supplement other funding sources (loans, assistantships, etc.) for MS and CAS students. Incoming and continuing students for 2015-2016 should apply by April 5 for summer/fall, June 28 for fall/spring, and December 1 for spring. Students must reapply each semester if they wish to continue to be considered for scholarships or fellowships in the following semester. To be considered for scholarship or emergency funding, please complete the GSLIS Student Funding Request form.

Fellowship opportunities are primarily awarded to PhD students and to other students on an available basis through external funding (e.g. grants). The Graduate College at the University of Illinois also maintains a list of external fellowships.

Selected GSLIS scholarships and fellowships

Additional Funding Opportunities

Spectrum Scholarship Program - The American Library Association's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. In addition to the scholarship from ALA, GSLIS awards Spectrum scholars tuition waivers to cover the 40 hours of coursework that satisfy the master’s degree requirements.  

The American Library Association publishes Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies, an "annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions, and foundations who give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies."

Questions about tuition and financial aid can be directed to Assistant Dean for Student Affairs kmcdowel [at] (Kate McDowell).