Funding your education is likely a top concern.
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 2016, tuition is $800 per credit. The rate per credit for online students does not decrease as more credits are taken.
On-campus program: 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 SLIS 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).
SLIS has a limited number of PA and TA positions, which are typically offered to doctoral students. Some campus libraries offer assistantships. Some SLIS 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 SLIS students hold assistantships or fellowships.
SLIS informs students of openings for jobs and assistantships via the UW-SLIS 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).
SLIS 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 a SLIS scholarship. The application for the master’s program includes a space for you to indicate your interest in being selected for a SLIS scholarship; there is no separate application process. The following SLIS 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
UW-Madison offers a variety of scholarships and funding sources. Resources include:
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.
The International Student Services Office (ISS) has compiled a resource page of Funding and Scholarships for International Students.