The Catholic University of America

Tuition and Financial Aid

Note: This page contains general information. Certain conditions may apply. Students are advised to consult with the office to confirm eligibility and details. Students must maintain satisfactory progress towards their degrees to be eligible for continued tuition support. 

Tuition and Fees

Effective Fall 2015, entering students are charged the Professional Programs Rate, which is reduced from the standard University tuition. Students who are grandfathered into the earlier discounted rate will continue to be charged 50% of the regular on-campus, Fall tuition rate for Arts & Sciences. These students must maintain continuous enrollment (spring and fall semesters, no leave of absence). For the complete Tuition & Fees Schedule please visit Enrollment Services.

Graduate Tuition Discount

Graduate tuition for all Library & Information Science classes for 2017-2018 is $1,070* per credit.


*Full-time Catholic school educators receive an additional discount and pay $855 per credit.

Sponsored Research Assistant Positions

Two sponsored research assistant positions are open for prospective students for the duration of two years. The first position starts in June 2017 and the second position starts in September 2017. Participants will join a new archival initiative co-sponsored by the Catholic University of America and Special Olympics International. Research assistants work 19 hours per week and receive stipends and tuition waivers (up to 12 credits per year) for two years. Candidates should meet the CUA MSLIS admissions requirements and be accepted into the CUA MSLIS program starting in summer or fall 2017, have professional interest in working with cultural heritage and archival collections, and be able to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve project goals in a non-profit organization setting.

For information and application instructions, please see the Sponsored Research Assistant Positions webpage.

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 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 CUA Law Library administers a Law Library Graduate Library Preprofessional program.  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. For more information 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 CUA.

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 expereience. 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 (grayl@cua.edu). 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 http://financialaid.cua.edu/