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 information management (MS/IM) requires 40 credit hours of coursework and can be completed on campus in 18-24 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 and fees 

Please note that all tuition and fee rates are subject to change without notice.

On-campus students (for students entering Fall 2020 or after)

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

  • Range I resident (12 credit hours or more in fall and spring): $7,146/semester
  • Range I nonresident (12 credit hours or more in the fall and spring): $12,996/semester

Fees are assessed in-credit hour ranges:

  • Range I Fees (residents and nonresidents): $2,510

Fees include health insurance and use of health and recreation facilities and other campus services.

Types of support available and eligibility

  On Campus Online
Financial aid – Student loans X N/A
Graduate hourly positions X N/A
iSchool financial support X N/A
Other financial opportunities X N/A

*The MS/IM is a self-supporting program without state support, as defined by University policy, so students are not eligible for tuition-waiver-generating assistantships. In addition, University of Illinois staff waivers are unable to be used for the MS/IM degree due to its self-supporting status.

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). Many jobs in LIS also qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. 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 hourly

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

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/IM students are evaluated through their application for funding for their first semester. Criteria that are considered include merit, need, and diversity.

Continuing students

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

Other financial opportunities


Please contact our advising team with any questions.