Tuition & Financial Support

At the iSchool, we are committed to supporting the financial needs of our students through scholarships and resources that address your unique situation and challenges.


The Office of the Registrar lists Tuition Information as well as Tuition & Fee Rates for all programs. Undergraduate students in the School of Information Science pay the Information Sciences rate. 

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.

Incoming students

The information from your application is used to determine your level of financial aid as well as scholarship support. To be considered for any need-based scholarships, a FAFSA must be completed.

Office of Admissions Helpful Links

Cost & Aid: Provides information about tuition (including a cost calculator), financial aid, and scholarships
Tuition: Shares tuition rates for Illinois residents and nonresidents as well as international students; provides an estimate calculator based on major
Financial Aid: Includes a FAFSA application link and information about the types of aid available
Scholarships: Outlines the types of available scholarships

Students engaging with professor in the classroom

Current students

Illinois iSchool undergraduate students have access to various scholarships and types of aid. 

iSchool scholarships

These scholarships were created with funds donated by iSchool alumni and friends, as outlined on our Give a Gift page. Typically, two or three are available each semester.

The CNH Industrial Scholarship (one available each year) is awarded in the fall. CNH Industrial is a global leader in the capital goods sector. Through its various businesses, CNH Industrial designs, produces, and sells agricultural and construction equipment, trucks, commercial vehicles, buses, and specialty vehicles and owns a broad portfolio of powertrain applications. Present in all major markets worldwide, CNH Industrial is focused on expanding its presence in high-growth markets, including through joint ventures.

iSchool Scholarship applications are typically due early in the semester. Prior to this time, students will receive an email outlining how to apply for iSchool scholarships. You must be an iSchool undergraduate student in good academic standing to be considered; for dual-degree students, preference is given to those with the iSchool as their primary college.

The scholarship selection process is typically based on the following criteria:

  • Financial need
    • Please complete a FAFSA for the current year, or if you are unable to do so, provide the source(s) of funding you are currently utilizing (see question in application).
  • Status as a past recipient of an iSchool scholarship
  • Match with funding criteria
    • Donors often provide funding for specific studies (for example, "interest in youth services").
  • Diverse experiences
  • Merit

Scholarship makes an impact

David Alegre (BSIS) was the inaugural recipient of the CNH Industrial Information Sciences Scholarship, which supports continuing BS in information sciences students who have financial need. 

Campus resources

Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA): The University's Office of Student Financial Aid provides assistance to students and families to secure the resources necessary to fund your education. Visit the website for additional information, including contact information, types of aid, scholarships, and resources.

Illinois Admissions provides additional information about financial aid and scholarships for new students.

National & International Scholarships Office: Often referred to as "Topscholars," this office assists University of Illinois students in making the most of their education and applying for nationally competitive scholarships. Opportunities include undergraduate and graduate study, research, and teaching—often in foreign countries. Topscholars also provides advice and feedback for candidates throughout the application process, helping you become more competitive for scholarships. Interested students are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss these opportunities.  

Study Abroad/Education Abroad Scholarships: You may be eligible to apply for a variety of funding opportunities available from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and external sources.

Other scholarships

These scholarships are provided through external sources. Please click on the links for more information.

The Cargill Global Scholars Program is a distinctive, two-year scholarship and enrichment program providing financial support, mentorship, and the unique opportunity for U.S. college students to participate in leadership development seminars, including engaging with fellow Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia.

The Illinois Club Scholarships: Diverse and welcoming, the Illinois Club provides financial support to eligible undergraduate students in the areas of humanities and social sciences, engineering and science, global focus, education, and fine arts.

The Last Mile Education Fund offers a disruptive approach to increasing diversity in tech and engineering fields by addressing critical gaps in financial support for low-income underrepresented students within four semesters of graduation.

The Student Leadership Awards & Scholarships program of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs recognizes students and registered student organizations for academic excellence, a commitment to leadership at the University of Illinois, and a dedication to service at the local, national, and international levels.