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 will receive 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. For the complete Tuition & Fees Schedule please visit Enrollment Services.

Endowed Departmental 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 their website at their Graduate Library Preprofessional (GLP) Program web page.

Columbus School of Law GLP Program

The law library is accepting applications for a newly-created (10/2014) Graduate Library Preprofessional position of Digital Services Assistant (GLP).  This is roughly equivalent to Mullen’s electronic services assistant (GLP), but also involves some traditional technical services work (~30%-40%). Library experience is not required, nor is an interest in law librarianship, though either might be a plus.

The program is accepting applications from both incoming students for Spring and current students with no more than 12 credits earned through the Fall Semester. The position is available immediately and until filled.While the Mullen Library only accepts applications after admission, the law library invites GLP applications from prospective students while their application for admission is pending, and from those given probationary admission. More details and information on how/when to apply are posted on their website at the Graduate Law Library Preprofessional (GLP) Program web page.

Howard and Matilde Rovelstad Scholarship

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

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 a

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/