School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

Financial Assistance

At the School of Information Sciences (SIS), graduate students may be eligible for financial assistance. Several categories of financial assistance exist to underwrite some or all of the costs of your studies, including federal financial aid, SIS-funded financial support, scholarships, awards, fellowships, and assistantships.


Explore federal funding options as outlined on the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School Financial Aid Instructions page. Please note that any federal financial aid applied for will be processed through the University's Office of Admission and Financial Aid, not by the School of Information Sciences.


SIS may have financial support available, on a competitive, merit-based basis, for full-time, on-campus students who meet the academic requirements for admission.


SIS and its partner organizations are pleased to offer a variety of opportunities for which its students may apply. A variety of scholarships, awards, fellowships, and assistantships, which are funded through the generosity of alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations, are offered to SIS students who demonstrate academic accomplishments and leadership skills. Students should research additional available funding sources as they are always changing. Please review the current list here.


Students eligible for financial support are those accepted for admission or currently enrolled in the one of SIS’s programs, and those who have not already received three terms of funding. It is University policy that only full‐time students are eligible for funding, with few exceptions. Full‐time enrollment is registration for a minimum of nine credits but no more than 15 credits in the fall and spring terms and a minimum of 3 credits in the summer term.

Priority is given to U.S. citizens in evaluating financial support applications. All international students are expected to come fully funded for their entire degree and any advanced study they may undertake in a certificate program or additional degree. International students may, in rare cases, be granted financial support.

The University of Pittsburgh is committed to providing educational opportunities for qualified diversity students. In accordance with this policy, students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply for financial assistance. In some cases, funding is specifically designated for the support of these students.


To be considered for any funding opportunity, you must complete the pertinent sections in your application for admission on Apply Yourself.

The Committee will consider applications for financial support only after the student has been accepted into the LIS program.
All applications for SIS-funded financial support are due on January 15.

Please note that the majority of funding is awarded for the fall term. Funding for the spring and summer terms is generally awarded to continuing students.

All applicants are informed of funding decisions by letter. In the application for admission please be sure to supply the address to which funding decision letters should be mailed.


The Committee initially approves full or partial SIS financial support for one term with the possibility of renewal for up to (a maximum of) three terms.

Renewal after the initial award is dependent upon:


Students re-entering the program after an absence of a term or more must re-apply for SIS financial support. Such funding is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed in these cases.

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