Incoming Master's and Specialist Degree Students

Awards for incoming students

The ILS department actively seeks solutions to provide financial support for incoming master’s degree students and Specialist in Library and Information Science students.

If you are an incoming Master’s degree student or incoming Specialist in Library and Information Science student, you will be considered for a variety of merit-based scholarship resources managed by the department.

These packages generally include fee remissions or one-time awards.

No additional ILS financial aid application form is needed to be considered for these resources.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

  1. Be admitted to the Master of Library Science, the Master of Information Science, or the dual M.I.S./M.L.S. program.
  2. Enroll in at least 6 credit hours during the first semester of the program.
  3. Maintain the minimum 3.0 required semester and cumulative grade point average.

The award will be credited to your bursar account to offset the cost of fees and tuition during the first semester of enrollment.

If you have been admitted on academic probation, you are not eligible for this award.

Note that if you are scheduled to receive student loans, there is a possibility that this award may reduce your student amount. Additionally, any applicable income taxes may be applied to this award and will be the responsibility of the student.

Learn more about managing financial aid at IU at Student Central. If you have additional questions, email


Find out if you’ve been awarded aid

You’ll be notified of ILS financial aid decisions by the end of April. ILS is a part of the Council of Graduate Schools.

By agreement with this council, "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.

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