Financial Aid and Student Jobs
Explore all options. Resources are gathered here to help you fund your
graduate education. Watch for deadlines for SLIS financial
aid, and for outside scholarships. Student loans are often a necessity. However, if
at all possible, keep them to a minimum.
Student employment is encouraged. Part
time jobs can help enhance résumés. There are a number of jobs on
campus and in Bloomington that will both complement your résumé,
and help with your expenses. Some student jobs include fee remission.
SLIS Financial Aid
SLIS FINANCIAL AID - for Master's and Specialist Degree
The School of Library and Information Science accepts
applications for SLIS aid to begin the Fall Semester. A few packages may come
open in the Spring semester. Also, some packages come open through our SLIS
technology department. About 10% of our students receive SLIS aid packages.
These merit-based packages are highly competitive. While some packages are
substantive, none of the packages will fully fund your graduate education.
Students need to check on tax issues. We encourage you to review the other
scholarship and aid links gathered on our website.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 15
New students must
have a completed admissions application on file by January 15
to be considered. No additional SLIS financial aid application form is needed.
Continuing students must indicate their wish to be considered to the SLIS
Office according to the guidelines that will be posted on our listserv, and by
January 15. Students may submit an updated
Student loans are handled by the IU
Office of Student Financial Assistance, and are not a part of the SLIS aid
Students will be notified of SLIS
Financial Aid decisions by the end of April. SLIS is a part of the Council of Graduate
Schools. An agreement with this Council is that "Students are under no
obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15." This
agreement is to help you know your options, so that you can make the best
decision. Student loans are a separate process handled by the IU Office of Student Financial
International Student Aid
International students can
be considered for SLIS aid packages, but must have their completed applications
to the SLIS Office by January 15. International applications
must first be reviewed by the IU Office of International
Admissions. We recommend applying by October 1 so
that the application may be processed and forwarded to the SLIS Office by
January 15. International Admissions email: email@example.comSLIS is glad to welcome
international students to our programs. However, aid resources are limited, and
international students are advised to seek sponsorship and support from sources
other than SLIS.
SLIS Merit Scholar Packages
Each year the School of Library and Information Science awards approximately
30 fee scholarship packages that include hourly positions. These packages are
for one year, and are not renewable. Most include 24-27 credit hours of
tuition remission (excluding university fees of about $35 per hour);
plus hourly positions of 15 hours a week at $9.00 an hour.
Packages may vary. They are merit-based and are highly competitive. Hourly
positions include working with SLIS faculty and administration, with the IU
Libraries, with SLIS technology, and other opportunities. These packages are
similar to "graduate assistantships" but have some differences. (Most packages
do not include parking or health insurance.) In addition, SLIS has some smaller
fee remission only packages. Students should check on tax issues.
SLIS Fellowship Awards
SLIS offers annual fellowship awards. Many of these are possible through the
generous gifts of alumni and other SLIS supporters. These are often established
in memory or in honor of the person for which the award is named. Students who
apply for SLIS Financial Aid by the January 15 deadline will
be considered. Faculty may nominate students for some awards. Award decisions
will be made by the end of April each year. Students should check on tax
Examples of fellowship awards:
- May Copeland Fellowship, two equal awards of
approximately $6000 each, for incoming students returning to school
after obtaining at least one year of work experience, with an excellent
academic record, and who wish to pursue an MLS degree.
- Charles A. and Charles H. Davis Fellowship in
Scientific Information - $4,500 annual award to assist graduate
students in the study of scientific information. Charles A. Davis headed the
Indiana State Police Headquarters Laboratory, and later that agency's Criminal
Investigation Division. He was a pioneer in forensic science. Charles H. Davis
has three degrees from I.U., and studied postgraduate chemistry at the
University of Munich on a fellowship awarded by the German government. He was
an editor at Chemical Abstracts; served as an academic dean in Canada and in
Illinois; and is currently a senior fellow in library and information science
here at I.U.
- Janice Kilner Egloff Scholarship - $800
annual award for a non-resident student. Janice Egloff was a 1978 MLS graduate
- Fry Family Scholarship - $500 annual
award for students studying within the IUB SLIS; student(s) must demonstrate
financial need; scholarship will assist in payment of tuition, books and other
required education expenses. The account was established by the five sons of
Bernard and June Fry. Dr. Fry was appointed Dean of the IU Graduate Library
School (SLIS), 1967-1980.
- Dennis K. Grumling Award - $300 annual
award to a SLIS student who has excelled in cataloging and demonstrates promise
of success in the profession. Dennis Grumling was a 1984 MLS graduate from
- Frances Eleanor Hammitt Scholarship -
$1,800 annual award.
- BJ Kish Irvine Graduate Scholarship in Art
Librarianship - $925 annual award for students in Fine Arts
Librarianship, with minimum 3.3 GPA and demonstrate potential to be leaders in
the field. This award was established by B.J. Kish Irvine to mark her years of
dedication and service as a faculty member and Fine Arts Librarian at IU.
- Keith C. Kuhn Tri-State Scholarship -
$7500 annual award to a student from the Tri-State area (Southeast Indiana,
Southwest Ohio, and Northern Kentucky). Keith was a 1976 MLS graduate; he also
served as President of the SLIS Alumni Board for several years.
- Oliver Graduate Scholarship, $950
annual award for SLIS students with a record of academic excellence as
demonstrated with a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to
returning students and/or students with interest in public school
- Packwood Graduate Scholarship - $600
annual award for students enrolled for MLS degree at IUB, with preference for
in-state student(s); established by SLIS staff member Sarah P. Burton in memory
of her parents.
- Harold and Marjorie Sharp Scholarship -
$1,500 annual award with preference for students pursuing special library
- Clayton A. Shepherd Information Science and
Technology Scholarship - $2,200 annual award for a student whose major
emphasis is information science and technology. The award was established in
memory of Associate Professor Shepherd who had been a member of the SLIS
faculty for 13 years.
- Charles B. Shaw Fellowship - $5000
annual award with preference to students interested in academic librarianship.
Charles B. Shaw compiled the List of Books for College Libraries (the "Shaw
List") and its supplements in the 1930s. Beginning in 1943, he was the
President of ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries). An
ardent amateur printer, he founded the Off-hand Press at his home in
- Evelyn Ray Sickels Award - $500 annual
award for a student with exceptional potential in the field of youth services
- Spectrum Initiative Matching
Scholarship - SLIS will award one scholarship worth 6 credit hours of
eligible tuition remission to an ALA
Spectrum Scholarship recipient who comes to Indiana University.
- H.W. Wilson Scholarships - $3,000
annual award(s) available due to the generosity of the H.W. Wilson
- Yuan T'ung Li Memorial Fellowship -
$2000 annual award to a student of Chinese ancestry. This award was established
as a memorial to the late Yuan T'ung -Li, Director of the National Library of
Beijing, who was associated with the Library of Congress for much of his later
Other Sources of Aid
Scholarships are available from
a variety of sources. Check websites of related professional associations
for options. Below is a sampling of scholarship leads.