Financial Matters



Cost of Attendance

Estimated Tuition/Fee Costs for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:

Tuition and Fees for all online graduate courses offered by the School of Information include a combination of state-required tuition/fees plus an additional fee called an auxiliary fee that is assessed for online classes. The specific breakdown of tuition and fees depends upon your residency status for tuition purposes. Below are the estimated costs per credit hour based upon the 2022-2023 academic year.

Master’s and Specialist Programs (MSLIS, MSIT, Specialist)

Leon/Gadsden/Wakulla county residents*
Florida Residents – $509.32/semester hour
Non-Florida Residents – $1,140.72/semester hour
*Students residing in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties are assessed additional activities and service fees for available on-campus services, such as University Wellness Center, Leach Center, Parking and Transportation.

All other locations outside of Leon/Gadsden/Wakulla county residents
Florida Residents – $474.26/semester hour
Non-Florida Residents – $1,105.66/semester hour
Reduced Tuition Market Rate (MSI program only) – $644.24/semester hour

Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

Florida Residents – $479.32/semester hour
Non-Florida Residents – $1,110.72/semester hour

Additional Fees

In addition to the per hour rate listed above, the University also assesses the estimated following fees to all students:

  • Facilities Use Fee – $20 flat fee per semester
  • Technology Fee – $5.16/semester hour
  • FSU Card Term Fee (Fall & Spring only) – $5.00 flat fee per semester

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM), a program of the Southern Regional Education Board, is an interstate agreement among southern states for sharing academic programs. Participating states enable their residents who qualify for admission to enroll in specific on-campus and online graduate programs in other states without having to pay out-of-state tuition. Arrangements traditionally are limited to programs not offered by the public institutions within the student’s state of residence. In short, students who obtain ACM certification pay tuition at FSU’s in-state rate.

Currently, the following states will certify ACM for the individual programs listed below.

Master of Science in Information
Arkansas, Delaware, Louisiana, Virginia, and West Virginia

Master of Science in Information Technology

Post Master’s Specialist
Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, and West Virginia

Doctoral Program
Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia

Visit the Southern Regional Education Board for more information.

Market Rate

The FSU School of Information offers a reduced tuition program to qualified out-of-state students pursing the Master of Science in Information:

  1. Who cannot receive certification from the Academic Common Market (ACM) in their state, OR
  2. Whose state of residence is not a member of the ACM.

To Qualify

  • You must be a degree-seeking student enrolled in the Master of Science in Information program.
  • You may NOT be a resident of an Academic Common Market state through which you could apply for ACM certification for reduced tuition
  • You must NOT be the recipient of a Graduate Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship at FSU.

The market rate reduced tuition program can only be applied to graduate 5000-level LIS fully online courses. Courses coded as Flex, Traditional face-to-face on-campus courses, or courses from other departments with a non-LIS prefix are not covered by this program.   This program is renewable on a semester-by-semester basis and is contingent upon appropriate levels of funding available to The School of Information.  You must remain in good academic standing (no academic probation; no dismissal) with the department and the University.

For more information about current Market Rate Program costs, contact Graduate Student Services.