Tuition and Fees

Effective Fall 2015, entering students are charged the Professional Programs Rate, which is reduced from the standard University tuition. For the complete Tuition and Fees Schedule please visit Enrollment Services.

Graduate Tuition Discount

Graduate tuition for all Library & Information Science classes for 2019-2020 is $1,150* per credit.

*Full-time Catholic school educators receive an additional discount and pay $955 per credit.


Kortendick Scholarships

These competitive scholarships are awarded to promising incoming students, generally as a $5,000 award to be used during the first two semesters of study. Priority consideration is given to applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and/or combined GRE scores of at least 300. For most favorable consideration, candidates should provide GRE scores when applying to the program.

Graduate Library Pre-Professional (GLP) Program

The Graduate Library Pre-Professional Program, administered by The Catholic University of America Libraries with the cooperation of the Department of Library and Information Science, provides selected students in the Library and Information Science program with pre-professional work experience in the University libraries. The GLP Program allows students to complete their degree requirements within a two-year period and combines full-time, salaried work with part-time study. Participants receive the Graduate Library Pre-Professional Scholarship, which provides six credit hours of tuition per semester. The GLP program is administered by the Mullen Library (202-319-5055). More details and information on how to apply are posted on the Graduate Library Preprofessional (GLP) Program web page.

The Catholic University Law Library administers a Law Library Graduate Library Preprofessional program. The next anticipated opening will be Fall 2018.  For information and application instructions, please see the Law Library GLP program webpage.  

Candidates are welcome to apply to both GLP programs simultaneously, but separate applications are required.

Read GLP Katie Santa Ana's latest blog.

Howard and Mathilde Rovelstad Scholarship

The Howard and Mathilde Rovelstad scholarship is offered to students who are already enrolled in LIS who have demonstrated exceptional qualities. Read more about the Rovelstad scholarship.

Catholic School Teacher's Tuition Waiver

This waiver covers one half of the tuition costs for full-time teachers, administrators, librarians and guidance counselors who are employed by a Catholic elementary or secondary school while studying at Catholic University.

Student Travel Stipends

The Department provides a limited number of travel stipends (up to $500 per student per year) to support students interested in attending professional conferences. Awardees are expected to report (blog) on their experience. Conferences include, but are not limited to, ALA, SLA, ALISE, AALL, VAASL, and SAA.

All students are encouraged to apply. We give priority to those presenting papers or posters, student leaders, etc., but will consider all applications.

To apply, follow the Student Travel Fund Application Procedure, emailing the completed form to Louise Gray Note that you must submit your request at least six weeks prior to the conference. Without the request approved in advance, your travel will not be funded.

Third-Party Financial Aid

Many third parties offer financial aid for library students. The American Library Association, in addition to its own scholarship program (ALA Scholarship Program), keeps an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions, and foundations who give some form of financial assistance.

Federal Student Loans

If you will require student loans to finance your education, Catholic University encourages students to look first to federal loan programs. These loans will nearly always offer better terms and conditions and lower interest rates than loans obtained directly through a bank.

Note that to apply for a federal student loan, you must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for help in applying for these loans at 202-319-5307 or