Master of Computer Science

University of Illinois

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $670 per credit hour, for a total of $21,440 for the complete 32 credit hour degree.

ProctorU fees: Most courses require one or more exams. Exams are proctored online through ProctorU and are billed directly to the student when an exam is scheduled, at $8.75 (30-min. exam), $14.75 (1-hr. exam), $21.50 (90-min. and 2-hour exam), or $30.25 (3-hour exam).

Cloud Computing Service fees (e.g., Amazon Web Services): Vary, depending on the course. We often offer free credits for students as part of the class.

For the entire degree, you won’t be billed upfront. Instead, you’ll pay as you go. Every time you take a course, you’ll pay tuition for that course only. If you need to pause your coursework for a term due to work, family, or other responsibilities, you won’t be charged for that term.

For a sample tuition payment schedule, visit the “Program Length” section on the Academics page.

Financial Aid

To learn more about financing your degree, visit the Degrees Financial Resources Hub.

The Department of Computer Science does not offer research or teaching assistantships to students enrolled in online programs such as the Online MCS. However, the Online MCS program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and enrolled students are eligible for financial assistance. See the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Students are encouraged to seek tuition reimbursement through their employer. If you work at a company that offers tuition benefits, speak with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you. Many online MCS students are earning their degree at little or no cost to them through employer tuition reimbursement. Read our blog about employer tuition reimbursement.

Payment Plans

All students are eligible for university payment plans that allow you to break up your tuition into monthly payments. See University Student Financial Services & Cashier Operations for more information.

Student Loans

Student loan options are available through the University of Illinois for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students. Please refer to for more information.

Student Loan Options for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Students also have access to non-need-based loan funding to cover expenses associated with their degree. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program is available to all U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who meet basic federal requirements (i.e. student has never defaulted on a Federal loan, is not currently involved in filing bankruptcy, registered for Selective Service etc). Students can choose either Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans or private loans to supplement the Unsubsidized Loan annual maximum of $20,500. Students should research private education loan lenders to determine which option is best for their individual situation.

To apply for federal student loans, complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

Read more about Federal Direct Loans at the Department of Education website. To qualify for federal student loans a student must be enrolled in at least 4.5 credits per semester.

Your total financial aid (scholarships, fellowships, and all education loans) cannot be more than the estimated expenses plus tuition and fees.

Additional Resources The Illinois Office of Student Financial Aid offers the following information on different ways to pay for your degree:

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