Full-Time MBA Program

Financing Your Merage MBA

Pursuing your MBA is an important investment in your future – that is why the Merage School has an MBA Financial Aid Office with dedicated professionals working on your behalf. When you meet with our staff, they will share information with you regarding loan programs and merit-based fellowships. There are also teaching assistantships available to help fund your education.

Once you are admitted, the MBA Financial Aid office can help you make a financial plan that will meet your needs now and in the future. As you reference your tuition costs, please keep in mind that costs can vary widely, depending on your choice of living arrangements.

All international and U.S. applicants are automatically considered for merit-based fellowships and are informed of any award upon admission.  Criteria for fellowships include academic record (GPA), GMAT/GRE, work experience and leadership.


California Residents


If you are a California resident and accepted into the Full-Time MBA Program, you're automatically guaranteed at least a $10,000 fellowship.  Some financial criteria are applied.  For more information please contact us at mba@merage.uci.edu.

2016-2017 MBA Program Expenses (Estimates)†
Mandatory Student Fees

California Residents   $42,223.50
Non-California Residents  $50,091.50

Other Educational Expenses

Books and Supplies   $2,400
Laptop Computer*   $1,800

Living Expenses**

Room and Board   $13,620

Transportation    $2,700
Personal    $2,572

†  The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts.  These figures may not be final.  Actual tuition, fees and charges are subject to change by the Regents of University of California and could be affected by state funding reductions.  Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

*Laptop: Every student is required to have a laptop. Standard models are specified by the school. Admitted applicants will be notified of hardware and software requirements, usually by June. MBA students are provided a tuition waiver of $500 if they purchase the recommended laptop.

**Living Expenses: These estimates are for students living on campus in shared housing and are the official student budget amounts used to calculate financial aid eligibility for U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Additional costs may include support of dependents and personal automobile expenses.

Tuition Fee Deadlines
Fall Quarter - September 15, 2015
Winter Quarter - December 15, 2015
Spring Quarter - March 15, 2016

Building your MBA Financial Plan
For more information on building your Merage MBA financial plan, contact Alda Ruggiero in the MBA Financial Aid office at the Merage School at aruggier@uci.edu or 949.824.7967.  For complete information on financial aid please visit the Financial Aid Website.



State of California Disclosure:
Federal student loans are available to most students regardless of income and provide a range of repayment options including income-based repayment plans and loan forgiveness benefits, which other education loans are not required to provide.