Tuition & Financial Support

At the iSchool, we are committed to supporting the financial needs of our students through an individualized funding approach that considers your unique situations and challenges.

The MS in Bioinformatics requires 36 credit hours of coursework and can be completed on campus in 12 months. However, in order to take full advantage of the rich curriculum and professional development opportunities offered by the program, students may choose a longer timeframe for degree completion.

Tuition & fees

Tuition for on-campus students is assessed in credit-hour ranges and on a resident/nonresident basis.

Fees are assessed in credit-hour ranges. Fees include health insurance and use of health and recreation facilities and other campus services.

Tuition and fees are direct costs charged by the university. The cost of attendance also includes indirect cost allowances for food, housing, books, supplies and other expenses. You will not be billed by the university for these costs unless you live in university housing.  Use the Illinois Cost Calculator for an estimated cost of attendance.

Types of support available and eligibility

  On Campus
Financial aid – Student loans X
Assistantships X
Graduate hourly positions X
iSchool financial support X
Other financial opportunities X

Financial aid – Student loans

U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizen students are eligible for student loans based on guidelines administered by the University's Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). If you have received loans and then receive another form of funding (GA, RA, TA, hourly, fellowship, scholarship, etc.), contact OSFA immediately. Other awards will affect your loan amount, and you may be required to repay or relinquish loan-based funds if you receive other awards.


Graduate assistantships are available through the iSchool, University Library, and many other units across campus. Information about campus assistantships is available through the Assistantship Clearinghouse. Students in these positions work anywhere from 10-20 hours per week and receive both a monthly stipend and a base in-state tuition waiver. The majority of campus fees are also waived. Most appointments are for fall and spring only.

Graduate hourly

Graduate hourly positions are also available through the iSchool, University Library, and many other units across campus. These appointments do not include the tuition or campus fee waivers.

Where do I look for graduate hourly or assistantship positions?

Check for iSchool positions on our Job Openings page.

How do I apply?

Applying for these positions is synonymous with applying for a job. Students should expect to submit application materials, including a current resumé and tailored cover letter. Specific requirements and submission information will be available with each position advertisement.

iSchool financial support


Incoming students

Incoming MS students are evaluated through their application for funding for their first semester. Criteria that are considered include merit, need, and diverse experiences.

Continuing students

The School offers small scholarships funded by donors to help supplement other funding sources (loans, assistantships, etc.) for MS students. Students have the opportunity each semester to submit an application for this type of scholarship support for the following semester.

Other financial opportunities

Questions? Contact us