There are two types of fee structures for MLIS students at the San José State University School of Information, Regular Session and Special Session.

For a comparison of the two fee structures, view this fee comparison chart.

Regular Session students live near the San José State University campus, and their tuition is established by the California State University (CSU) system. Students who live in zip codes 939xx-958xx are Regular Session students. Regular Session students pay a flat rate based on the number of units they enroll in each semester, rather than paying by unit. The California State University system sets this fee structure. Further details about Regular Session tuition can be found here.

Special Session students live anywhere in the world, except the San José, California catchment area. Per CSU system policies, California residents who don’t live in the San José catchment area (zip codes 939xx-958xx), students who live outside California, and international students are Special Session students. Special Session tuition is $474 per unit, with a total tuition cost of $20,382 for the degree (43 units). Fees are subject to review and change.

Students need to prepare and budget for textbook expenses, as well as obtaining the necessary equipment to prepare their home computing environment, including monthly internet service, so that they may begin their first semester with all materials in place. Students should read information about financial aid and new student scholarships.

In order for financial aid to be available in your first semester, you must complete your financial aid application 3-4 months before the semester begins. Applicants can try to get a financial aid application on file while applying to the SJSU iSchool. The Financial Aid Office will not make any financial awards or disbursements until an applicant has been admitted to the iSchool and enrolled for classes. The amount awarded depends on the number of units a student takes each semester. Students need to enroll in at least 4 units (200 level courses) each semester in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid.

This online program makes it possible for someone with a very busy life to still find a way to study LIS, and also offers so many course options that it is fairly easy to tailor your own path to your interests. It is also nice that it doesn't break the bank. – MLIS graduate