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Tuition & Financial Aid

IUPUI is an exceptional value and a world-class institution, recently ranked 8th on the list of Best Public Colleges in the Midwest by Forbes Magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

And a School of Informatics and Computing graduate degree from Indiana University will make you even more valuable with its unique integration of computing, social science and information systems design that can be applied in any number of fields as an industry professional, faculty member or researcher.

The IUPUI Office of the Bursar maintains current tuition and detailed fee information, including a Tuition and Fee Estimator. They also accept several methods for payment designed to make paying for college as convenient as possible.

The Office of Student Financial Services provides current information for costs of attendance for full-time, resident and non-resident graduate students.

International students’ costs of attendance are slightly different and include manadatory health insurance. Please consult with the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Financial Aid

Many professional library associations offer scholarships. Information about these is distributed on the LIS list serv.  See the IUPUI Office of Student Financial Aid Services for more information on general scholarships, loans, or other types of financial aid.


Spectrum Scholarship

Spectrum recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist individuals interested in obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the Library and Information Science profession and the American Library Association (ALA) organization.

This is a one-time, non-renewable $5,000 scholarship award paid in two installments  $2,500 in September and $2,500 in January.

Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures

John R. Gibbs Undergraduate Scholarship/Graduate Fellowship for Innovation

$1,000 per year

One award is granted annually to either a full-time undergraduate graduate student or full-time graduate student currently in the School of Informatics and Computing. The student must have a record of academic excellence and a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0. Preference is given to those who have demonstrated or expressed a stated interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Financial Aid for Non-resident Online Students

The MLS program offers financial aid to qualified applicants who are considered non-residents (for tuition purposes) of the state of Indiana.  This financial aid would reduce the tuition portion of their bursar fees (the cost per credit hour) to the equivalent of the Indiana resident rate.

A qualified applicant is someone who has completed a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from a regionally-accredited college or university, with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, based upon transcripts from all academic work.

To be considered for financial aid, a qualified applicant must:

Student Hourly Positions

Several student hourly positions are offered each year for MLS students working with the Department of Library and Information Science. Each position is paid an hourly wage for up to 20 hours per week. There are no deadlines.  Positions available for work in the Department, or supporting research grants, or for working in libraries on the IUPUI campus are announced on the LIS list serv.  Be prepared with a resume and a list of your technical and research skills.