Financial Aid and Scholarships
The SJSU School of Information offers generous scholarships to both new students and continuing students enrolled in its Master of Library and Information Science or Master of Archives and Records Administration program. Eligible students may apply for 40 different scholarships with funds totaling more than $60,000. Additional scholarships are also available from San José State University and other agencies.
See information about applying for financial aid here: SJSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
The SJSU Financial Aid Office phone number is (408) 283-7500 (Press #4).
When to Apply for Financial Aid
iSchool applicants who would like to apply for financial aid should file their FAFSA (federal financial aid application) once they have submitted their application for admission to the SJSU iSchool. The Financial Aid Office will not make any financial awards or disbursements until an applicant has:
Numerous scholarships are available to current students enrolled in the master’s degree programs at the SJSU School of Information. From $500 to $1,422, scholarships funds can help offset course fees. Please review the scholarship opportunities, including the Special Session Scholarships.
A Commitment to Diversity
The SJSU School of Information attracts students from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and experiences that contribute to the richness of the library and information science profession. Diversity is a core value of the American Library Association (ALA), with a whole department working towards recruiting a LIS workforce that is richly diverse in order to provide the highest quality of information services to all people.
Many organizations offer scholarships for LIS education. Below are many that are available on a regular basis. Check with individual chapters of local or regional professional associations to find additional sponsors in your area of interest.
See also the Grants webpage for funding to attend professional conferences or to pursue student research.
Deadlines given are approximate and may change from year to year. Check each organization’s website for current information.
Several scholarships have been endowed by faculty, students, alumni and friends of the iSchool and are awarded to current students based on academic merit. We are pleased to share the well-deserving recipients of these endowed and donated scholarships, SJSU scholarships, and the ALA Spectrum Scholarship program.
Many associations and organizations offer grants to encourage LIS students’ attendance at conferences and to support student research. Read about these opportunities below. Application requirements and deadlines vary. Since many of these grants are given annually, those with deadlines that have passed are included here for your future planning.