New Student Guide (Leep)

Welcome to the iSchool!

Admissions and Records

The School has recommended your admission to the University. Please accept or decline using the link provided in your admission acceptance email as soon as possible. Early acceptance ensures prompt creation of University accounts for access to registration and other services. 

In making decisions, refer to information in this guide and on the School's web pages about course offerings, instructors, syllabi, assistantships available, etc. 

If you do not receive your official "Notice of Admission" from the University within a month after receiving our recommendation for admission, check your online application to see if it has been attached. If not, notify the ischool-apply [at] (Records Office).


What to Expect Next

Please watch for email communication

  • Technology
  • Advising & Life at Illinois
  • Leep Welcome Weekend
  • Final Check-in

Technology is an important part of life at the School and the University of Illinois. We make heavy use of courseware, electronic bulletin boards and mailing lists, wikis, streaming media, and other technologies. The School also has its own computer labs for students and provides services for networking, file storage, AV needs, and more. To help you get started and hit the ground running, please review our welcome page and familiarize yourself with the different computer accounts and resources available.

Please note that you will receive an e-mail as soon as your Net ID is available with instructions for claiming it. Your NetID is the key for setting up and accessing other accounts covered in the Accounts and Passwords section of our website, including the Enterprise account used to register for classes. Remember: you will not be able to access resources such as your Illinois email account and the iSchool intranet until you take the steps necessary to activate those accounts with your Net ID.

If you have any technology-related questions, please contact the Help Desk.

Advising and Enrollment

The iSchool employs a centralized advising team to support students throughout their tenure in the program. Our advisors can assist in course selection; make referrals to faculty, adjuncts, or other professionals; provide logistical support for registration and enrollment issues; and answer any general questions about the program, profession, the school, or the Champaign-Urbana area. Please contact the advising team to set up your required advising appointment. Master's students are not assigned faculty advisors, but are encouraged to seek out course and professional advice from our core and adjunct faculty and seek guidance and support from the advising team.

All MS/LIS students are required to take two core courses, LIS 501: Information Organization and Access and LIS 502: Libraries, Information and Society, as early in their program as possible. Leep online learning students take all of their courses online but are required to come to campus for a "Leep Welcome Weekend" (Spring 2017 admits: February 24-26*). Students will share in orientation and other trainings and have opportunities to meet with faculty, staff, and students. Questions? Contact mbedward [at] (Meg Edwards).

More information will be provided soon about advising, registration, technology training, housing for Leep Welcome Weekend, etc. in a series of communications. In the meantime, please visit our advising pages to learn about ways to plan your program.

Information about the required online orientations can be found on the calendar (see "Online Orientation") events beginning November 22 and running through early January) and how to schedule your initial required advising appointment. Please feel free to contact the advising team ischool-advising [at] if you have any questions.

  • The Graduate College calendar gives deadlines for registration, adds, drops, etc.  
  • Please notify the ischool-apply [at] (Records Office) if you took a course as a nondegree student with us so we can ensure the community credit attribute has been removed from your record and a valid time-ticket is assigned. A valid time-ticket is needed in order to register for classes.

Useful Links

Tuition, Billing and Financial Aid


Additional costs: Students are responsible for travel, accommodation and food costs during the required Leep Welcome Weekend time in Champaign-Urbana. We will be providing information about discounted hotels. Accommodation costs vary from $40/night - $100/night.Leep students are charged per credit hour. For academic year 2016-17, it is $2,544 for 4 graduate hours (in-state) / $4,212 for 4 graduate hours (out-of-state) including an Online and Continuing Education 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 at (217) 333-3060 or (800) 252-1360.

Information on viewing, paying, and managing your bill is available through the University Student Financial and Cashier Operations (USFCO).

Student Loans

Many students are eligible for student loans. Contact the University Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA; (217) 333-0100) for more information.

  • You must be enrolled at least 50 percent time (3 credit hours per Summer semester; 6 credit hours per semester in Fall and Spring) to be eligible for loans and registered for 8 hours to be eligible for the full amount of loans awarded to you. FAFSAs must be completed for each academic year. Seeking aid in summer session requires a supplemental application form which is available in early April.
  • To determine eligibility for loan deferment (from previous loans), consult OSFA.


Incoming students are considered for semester funding through their application. The iSchool offers small scholarships funded by donors to help supplement other funding sources (loans, assistantships, etc.) for continuing MS and CAS students.

For more information on Tuition and Financial Aid 

For more information on Billing and Other Financial Resources

Other Questions

Don't forget to check out
the Current Students page!

If you have specific questions about your admission or billing, you should first contact the designated campus office. For issues related to admission, contact Graduate and Professional Admissions. For billing inquiries, contact Student Accounts. If you need additional assistance, contact us

If you have questions that aren't covered above, don't hesitate to ask (217-333-3280 or 800-982-0914). We'll do our best to help.

Again, welcome to the iSchool!