Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition & Scholarship Information

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Students

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students pay a range tuition, whether courses are taken online or in a classroom. Contact the Office of the Registrar for details on tuition and fees. There are no additional fees to enroll in Labor & Employment Relations (LER) online courses. There is a separate tuition range for summer classes.

Unionist Scholarships

The School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) has made available to union members reduced pricing for the tuition cost of any LER online courses taken through the Academic Outreach office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Verification of union status is required to receive the scholarship. Scholarship applicants must provide a copy of their union card at the point of application submission.

It is expected that if you receive funding from LER to use toward your tuition payment, you will complete the course.

Union Plus Scholarships

Union members should also explore the Union Plus Scholarship. The deadline to apply is January each year. The website notes that “since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 2,100 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation

Continuing Education Students

Continuing Education students (those not enrolled as full-time undergraduates) can find current tuition rates through the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Students receiving the LER scholarship receive a 25% reduction in tuition.

LER online classes, combined with scholarships, can be a great deal. And you don’t have to be an Illinois resident – the same rate is charged for Global Labor Studies (GLS) classes regardless of where you live.

August E. Burnier Labor Education Award

  • Candidates must be current members of the labor movement
  • Candidates are required to complete an application essay
  • A committee of Labor Education Program staff will review application essays and select a recipient
  • One $1200 award will be available each calendar year to be applied to course tuition and fees
  • The award must be used in the fall or spring semester of the school year the award is granted

Applicants should apply for the award by completing an essay application. For more information, contact or mailing to August E. Burnier Labor Education Award, c/o Labor Education Program, 815 W. Van Buren, Ste 110, Chicago, IL 60607.

Award winners will receive funds, with the expectation that the funds be applied toward tuition and fees. Payment of the full award is subject to the award winner completing a course in Global Labor Studies.

Harlan Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Robin Johnson has set up a labor education scholarship fund in memory of his father, Harlan. The scholarship covers full tuition for the Labor Leadership Academy through the Labor Education Program at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. One scholarship will be awarded each year, beginning in 2022.

To read more about this opportunity and about current awardees click here.

Contact us with further questions: Nadja Robot, Assistant Director, 217-244-2090 or