Funding & Tuition

Financial Resources

There are many funding opportunities available to students pursing School Library Media Certification. For information on scholarships, tuition, and fees please visit: https://uwm.edu/informationstudies/resources/scholarships/

Funding Specific to School Library Licensure

SOIS Funding for School Librarians

Barbara G. Bartley Scholarship
Available for new and continuing, full or part-time MLIS students pursuing School Library Certification. This scholarship is awarded based on the availability of funding.

The following Criteria must be completed:

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in the MLIS program
  • Earn at least a B in all core classes
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Students must register for a minimum of 3 InfoSt credits by May 1

Award: $2000
Deadline: Award based on the availability of funding
Personal Statement: This statement should inform the review committee of your commitment to education and the School Library field. For complete details on how to apply, please visit: https://uwm.academicworks.com/opportunities/2674 


Carol M. Reinagle Memorial Scholarship
Named in honor of Carol M. Reinagle, who dedicated 24+ years of service to school librarianship. She earned her bachelor’s degree as a non-traditional student and went on to pursue an MLIS degree. Carol was known as an innovator, technology pioneer, and lifelong learner. This scholarship is awarded based on the availability of funding.

The following Criteria must be completed:

  • Full or part-time student pursuing school library certification/career in school library media
  • Cumulative GPA average of at least 3.0
  • Current or permanent Wisconsin resident
  • Merit and financial need
  • Preference for a student with a demonstrated interest in and commitment to education and the school library field, indicating plans in the library profession in a school library

Award: $1000
Deadline: Award based on the availability of funding
For complete details on how to apply, please visit: https://uwm.academicworks.com/opportunities/2674 

Wisconsin DPI Loan Forgiveness

Loan Forgiveness Program 
Because School Library Media has been identified by the State of Wisconsin as a teacher shortage area, students may be eligible for student loan cancellation, depending on the type of loan obtained. Additionally, students serving in a low-income school may be granted loan forgiveness for a wider range of loan types. 

Lowell Wilson Scholarship (WEMTA)

The Lowell Wilson Scholarship encourages strong leaders to gain the certification required for serving as Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialists in our schools. This scholarship(s) provides funding to cover tuition costs for graduate-level coursework leading to licensure. 

ALA and AASL National Scholarships

National scholarships are available through ALA and AASL for school librarians and paraprofessionals. Learn more:

https://www.ala.org/educationcareers/scholarships

https://www.ala.org/aasl/about/ed/recruit/license

Employment

The majority of our students are already employed in school libraries. For roles in Wisconsin, visit WECAN to see job postings in your area. Use the search term ‘library.’ https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/#/



Consider joining our professional organization! Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association https://www.wemtaonline.org/ – professional information, licensure details, job seeking, as well as related links



The American Association of School Librarians is a division of ALA where you can find support and professional resources: https://www.ala.org/aasl/

Out-of-State

Certification requirements vary widely across all 50 states. Our programs lead to school library media certification in Wisconsin, which might be accepted in your state. School Library Connection maintains a list of states’ requirements for licensure. Be sure to check with your state’s Department of Public Instruction to confirm their current requirements, and current exceptions, for school library certification. 

If you’re already a certified teacher:
By earning your MLIS degree and completing the requirements for WI certification, you will likely be able to be certified in your state. Please check with your state’s licensing organization.  

If you are not already a certified teacher:
Check with your state’s licensing organization. Several states, like AZ and LA, will allow you to work in a school library based on an MLIS degree alone. Other states may or may not accept our initial licensure in school librarianship program for certification to work in a school library. 

Please see this chart of licensure reciprocity from 2021.