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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.


Note: The deadline for 2019-20 has passed. Scholarships will be available starting October 1, 2019, for the 2020-21 academic year.

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

Amount: $1,000 per year
Majors: All SOIC majors
GPA: 3.5
Class standing: Any
Other requirements: Preference is given to those who have demonstrated or expressed a stated interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.

  1. Login and complete the general application.
  2. Click on Opportunities and select Ours, then search for SOIC in the Keywords field.


Financial Aid for Non-resident Online Students

The MLIS 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:

  • Submit 3 letters of reference (academic or work related)
  • Submit an application essay (teamwork, technology, and leadership, with acceptable language proficiency)
  • Provide a cover letter, along with your personal statement, indicating that you would like to be considered for financial aid as a non-resident online student, and affirming the following:
    • That you have at-home high-speed internet access with a reliable Mac or Windows computer.  Because online coursework requires significant time and concentration, it is not feasible for students to depend on public libraries, after-hours work time, or other options.
    • That you can travel to a public or academic library for some course requirements.

Student Hourly Positions

Several student hourly positions are offered each year for MLIS 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.