Funding & Financial Aid

Funding your education is likely a top concern. Here’s information that will help.


Online master’s program

Online students’ tuition is a flat rate per credit that is not based on residency status; all students in the online program pay the same rate regardless of where they reside. There is more information on residency for tuition from the UW Registrar. During the 2021-22 academic year, online tuition is $850 per credit. The rate per credit for online students does not decrease as more credits are taken in a semester.

On-campus program

Tuition and cost of living change annually. Tuition is based on residency. Using the Bursar’s tuition and fees table, select the most current term, and under “Student Careers”, choose “Graduate or most Capstone certificates”. 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:

  • See the Graduate School’s funding webpage which describes the different types of Graduate Assistantship Appointments available, and provides other funding resources.
  • Search the UW Job Center’s database. (Note that campus libraries typically hire students a month before each semester begins.)
  • If you are interested in a career focused on technology, see the different student technology job opportunities available at UW-Madison.


Through the generosity of its donors, the iSchool is able to provide a limited number of scholarships to incoming on-campus and online master’s students who demonstrate both merit and need. Awards are made for the first year of study and the majority typically range from $1000 to $6000, although larger scholarships are possible.  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 named scholarships are generally awarded to incoming students:

  • 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
  • Keun Y. and Sanok P. Kim Graduate Scholarship in Library Studies
  • 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 funding and awards for current students as well.

UW-Madison offers a variety of scholarships and funding sources. Resources include:

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 learn how to access the resources by contacting  the Grants Information Collection Librarian. 

Federal Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid manages federal financial aid for UW-Madison students, whether they are pursuing a degree on-campus or online.

Funding for International Students

The International Student Services Office (ISS) has compiled a resource page of Funding and Scholarships for International Students.