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Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition rates and fees are available on the Bursar's website.

Financial Aid

SLIS students may apply for several types of financial aid: graduate assistantships within the school, assistantships outside of the school, student loans, scholarships and on-campus employment. 

Criteria for ALL SLIS-sponsored awards and assistantships

The criteria utilized for awarding all SLIS-sponsored awards and assistantships include: (1) a 3.25 grade point average or better for all collegiate work; (2) evidence of scholarship and financial need as established by information submitted on the application form for awards and assistantships administered by the School of Library and Information Science.

Types of financial aid available for SLIS students

  1. Graduate assistantships administered by the School of Library and Information Science:
    SLIS offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to full-time students (enrolled in eight graduate hours or more per semester for fall and spring and six graduate hours for summer) each year on a competitive basis. This includes M.L.I.S. students enrolled at Kent, Columbus and online. A graduate assistantship provides full-time students with tuition remission and a stipend in exchange for 20 hours of work per week for 15 weeks. The appointments are typically made for the academic year, beginning with the fall semester, but may also continue through the summer semester. Students who wish to apply must submit the Graduate Assistantship Application on or before March 1. Only students admitted to the M.L.I.S. program by March 1 are eligible. Current students may also apply. Note: Students applying for a graduate assistantship must commit to working on the Kent Campus or at our Columbus location at the State Library of Ohio.  Refer any questions to
  2. Scholarships administered by the School of Library and Information Science:
    SLIS administers several scholarships, which can be viewed on our  Scholarships page. The scholarships that are available for the fall and spring semesters are generally posted in August. Applications must be submitted to SLIS on or before the deadline dates indicated on each scholarship application. Scholarships are offered only to students already enrolled in the M.L.I.S. program.
  3. Graduate assistantships and scholarships administered by university departments outside of the School of Library and Information Science:
    Admitted students can apply for graduate assistantship opportunities in other departments and schools by completing a profile on the Experience Job and Internship Board.
  4. Graduate student loans:
    These are administered by the Kent State University Financial Aid Office and other agencies. Students interested in applying for a loan should contact the Kent State Student Financial Aid Office.
  5. Special scholarships and fellowships:
    Many local and national scholarships are also available to students already enrolled in an M.L.I.S. program or to students who have recently been accepted; a partial list of these appears on our Scholarships page. These scholarships are administered outside of Kent State, and students should contact the sponsoring organization for additional information and to apply. Students also should check the SLIS student listerv and the scholarship bulletin board regularly for scholarship announcements.
  6. On-campus employment:
    Numerous student employment opportunities are available both on and off campus each semester. Students frequently find jobs in University Libraries at Kent State University, working in the Main Library in areas such as reference, government documents, technical services, circulation or periodical information, as well as in Kent State Regional Campus libraries or one of the other libraries on the Kent Campus (e.g., Architecture Library, Map Library, etc.).  Student employment is available in other departments on campus and may be found through the university's Career Services office.
  7. Other opportunities:
    Students are also encouraged to explore financial resources offered through other professional, social, cultural or religious organizations in their communities.
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