Funding your education is likely a top concern. Here’s information that will help.
Online master’s program
Regardless of their residency status, online students pay a tuition rate that is comparable to Wisconsin-resident graduate student tuition per credit. In Fall 2017, tuition is $800 per credit. The rate per credit for online students does not decrease as more credits are taken.
Tuition and cost of living change annually. Using the Registrar’s tuition and fees table, select the most current term, and under “Student Careers”, choose “graduate”. The rate per credit for on-campus students decreases as more credits are taken.
Most on-campus iSchool students work one or more part-time LIS jobs on campus or in the community. In addition to gaining experience and new skills, you will make connections with professionals who can serve as a resource and a reference when you apply for professional employment.
Most on-campus jobs pay an hourly rate and do not include tuition remission or benefits. UW-Madison does offer a limited number of graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants receive tuition remission, so long as they hold at least a 33% appointment. Most assistantships also include a stipend and affordable health insurance. Graduate assistantships come in the form of Project Assistantships (PAs), Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RA).
The iSchool has a limited number of PA and TA positions, which are typically offered to doctoral students. Some campus libraries offer assistantships. Some iSchool students accept graduate assistantships that are not directly related to LIS because of the financial benefits. Although percentages vary year to year, in general, 10 to 15% of iSchool students hold assistantships or fellowships.
The department informs students of openings for jobs and assistantships via the UW-iSchool Daily Digest. You are also encouraged to search for jobs using these resources:
- Sign up for the Graduate Student Collaborative’s weekly e-newsletter, GradConnections, which lists funding opportunities.
- Search the UW Job Center’s database.
- Campus libraries typically hire students a month before each semester begins.
- If you are interested in a career focused on technology, submit an application to the Division of Information Technology (DoIT).
The iSchool provides a limited number of scholarships to incoming on-campus and distance master’s students who demonstrate both merit and need. Awards are made for the first year of study and typically range from $1000 to $6000. Approximately 30% of incoming students are awarded an iSchool scholarship. The application for the master’s program includes a space for you to indicate your interest in being selected for an iSchool scholarship; there is no separate application process. The following scholarships are generally awarded to incoming students:
- Beatrice Owens Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Charlotte A. Friedman Scholarship
- Charlotte M. Sawyer Fund for Library and Information Studies Scholarship
- Ethel M. Brann Scholarship
- John R. Koch Fund Scholarship
- Kathryn Eye Bading Scholarship
- Library and Information Studies Directors’ Scholarship
- Leona Gifford Scholarship
- Maralyn B. and George G. Babcock
- Marguerite Linda Hasse Library & Information Studies Endowment Scholarship
- Mary Rose Kobetich Scholarship
- Olive C. Koch Rowe Memorial Scholarship
- Olive Dornfeld Busjaeger Centennial Scholarship
- Rachel K. Schenk Memorial Scholarship
- Sally Davis Scholarship
- Signe Ruh Ottersen Fund Scholarship
- Valmai Fenster Memorial Scholarship
- Vannita L. Wesely Funds Scholarship
- William R. Werk Scholarship
The Information School offers some scholarships and awards for current students as well.
UW-Madison offers a variety of scholarships and funding sources. Resources include:
- The UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid lists UW scholarships. While some are open only to undergraduates, a number are open to graduate students.
- The Division of Continuing Studies maintains an excellent list of scholarships and financial assistance available at UW-Madison. While the website is geared toward returning adult students, many of the resources are applicable to a wider audience.
Scholarships are available through other organizations, foundations and agencies. Many professional associations, such as the American Library Association, Wisconsin Library Association, Midwest Archives Conference, Society of American Archivists, and many others offer scholarships. Also explore scholarships granted by your undergraduate institution or organizations in your hometown. The Grants Information Collection at the UW-Madison Memorial Library offers a wealth of online and print resources to help you research ways to fund your education. Non-UW students can obtain a day pass to use the collection.
Federal Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid manages federal financial aid for UW-Madison students, whether on-campus or distance.
Funding for International Students
The International Student Services Office (ISS) has compiled a resource page of Funding and Scholarships for International Students.