Tuition & Financial Aid

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For the most up-to-date tuition and fee information, visit the Bursar's website. Payment due dates also can be found on the Bursar's website.  

To help you calculate the total cost of the program, please note the following:

  • The M.L.I.S. is primarily available as an online program. Face-to-face classes may be offered occasionally, but there is no on-campus requirement.
  • All courses in the M.S. degree are offered online.
  • Study-abroad courses with class time on site in a foreign country are considered "on-campus" courses.
  • M.L.I.S. degree = 37 credit hours
  • M.L.I.S. degree with a concentration in School Library Media = 39 credit hours
  • M.S. degree, Health Informatics concentration = 36 credit hours
  • M.S. degree, User Experience Design concentration = 36 credit hours
  • M.S. degree, Knowledge Management concentration = 42 credit hours
  • Thesis II - Equal to 1/3 of the graduate per credit hour rate: $164.00
  • Dissertation I - Equal to 6 graduate credit hours: $2,970.00
  • Dissertation II - Equal to 1/3 of the graduate per credit hour rate: $164.00

Each tuition credit contains a general fee, which is mainly used to support student services and operations. For more information on the general fee, please visit the Bursar's Office website

Financial Aid

You must be enrolled in at least eight (8) credit hours to be considered eligible for financial aid as a full-time student. Please visit the Student Financial Aid website for more information on financial aid opportunities through Kent State.


The School offers scholarships specifically for students. Please visit the Scholarships page for a complete listing and requirements. The page also includes professional organizations that offer scholarships to students pursuing information professions.

For information on other scholarships offered by Kent State University, please visit the Online Scholarship Search Qualifier system. Choose the appropriate filters to see what other scholarships you may be eligible for.

Graduate assistantships

Applications for SLIS graduate assistantships are in January for the following academic year. Applications must be submitted on or before March 1 prior to the fall semester when assistantships begin. Only those applicants who have been admitted to a SLIS program by March 1 will be considered for assistantships.

Please visit the Graduate Assistantships page for more information and a link to the application.


You may be eligible for grants to assist with funding your graduate education. For more information on grants outside of the School of Library and Information Science, please visit the Student Financial Aid Grants website.  


The Division of Graduate Studies at Kent State University administers a limited number of fellowships and awards for continuing students. A fellowship is an arrangement in which financial support is given to a graduate student to pursue his or her degree without any obligation on the part of the student to engage in service. An award recognizes past achievements and meritorious performance. Students must be nominated by their program/department. Read descriptions and criteria for available fellowships and awards.