At the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, our goal is to help you earn a powerful return on your educational investment. We do that by providing a personal environment that is challenging yet supportive, combined with professional preparation and a high quality education that will help you achieve a successful, meaningful career.

Tuition and Costs

The chart below shows tuition and costs for most GSLIS graduate students.Programs may vary slighty, so be sure to check the individual program you are interested in. GSLIS alumni may qualify for discounts. Contact gslisadm@simmons.edu for details.

To support our doctoral students, GSLIS offers some funding of courses to help defray costs.

Paying for Graduate School

Scholarships and Grants*

Graduate Student Assistantships- fall applicants only

GSAs are awarded by the Admission Committee based on a review of all fall applications that are completed by the priority deadline. They are awarded to the top five applicants as determined by a review of the overall application. GSA's are paired with faculty who have similar interests, and work ten hours per week during the academic year. The Assistantship is a two-year award, and consists of tuition remission for two courses in both the fall and spring semesters, and hourly pay. GSAs are required to take at least two courses in the fall and spring, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.5. Award notification is sent with the admission letter. International students are eligible for a GSA.

Merit-based Scholarships

Applicants who submit a completed application by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship. These scholarships are awarded by the Admission Committee based on the "merit" or strength of an application in comparison to all other completed and eligible applications for that same semester. Students are required to take at least two courses and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.5 during the semester(s) they are awarded (not including summer). Applicants who receive an award will have an award letter included with their admission decision letter. International students are eligible for merit scholarships.

Federal and Private Loans*

US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal and private loans. We encourage applicants to apply for financial aid at the same time they apply for admission to graduate school.

Graduate students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a Simmons Supplemental Information Form, and any additional supporting documents that may be required. Deadlines for financial aid application are March 1 for summer and fall terms, and October 1 for spring. Graduate students must maintain at least half-time enrollment status (five credits or more per semester) to qualify for need-based aid.

Please note: FAFSA print applications typically take four to six weeks to process. Filing your FAFSA online expedites the processing time. You can file FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The federal school code for Simmons is 002208.

Please see Student Financial Services for more information about applying for aid as well as forms.

*Only Master's students are eligible for Scholarships and Grants, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for need-based grants, federal loans and most private loans. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents may qualify for some private loans (contact Student Financial Services for more information).