Full-Time MBA Program

Military Applicants




The Paul Merage School of Business appreciates the service of our men and women in uniform and we value the experience members of the armed forces bring to our Full-Time MBA program.


Application Fee Waiver
The Merage School will waive the application fee for all active military and
U.S. veterans. Once you have started your application, please contact the Full-Time MBA office via email at mba@merage.uci.edu to let them known you are eligible for a fee waiver. The fee will then be waived in our system. Please do not submit your application until after the application fee has been waived.


UC Irvine Veterans Services
For more comprehensive information on veterans at the
University of California, Irvine, please visit the University of California, Irvine Veterans Services website.


The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Paul Merage School of Business is honored to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States volunteer tuition funds not covered by the recent Post-9/11 GI Bill. Participating schools pledge to cover a percentage of the remaining expenses not met by the Bill, and the VA will match that percentage dollar for dollar. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses not met by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


The Yellow Ribbon Program is being offered only to non-resident Full Time MBA students.  For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program at the Paul Merage School of Business, please contact Alda Ruggiero at aruggier@uci.edu or 949.824.7967 or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for full details and eligibility information.

Eligible participants

  • Veterans must have served at least 36 months of active duty following September 10, 2001
  • Were honorably discharged after 30 days of active duty for a service connected disability following September 10, 2001.
  • Dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill based on veteran’s service under the two prior criteria listed are eligible for the funding provided by the program.


Contributions to eligible individuals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, prospective students must meet all requirements for admission to The Paul Merage School of Business and must submit an application for admission.


Applications are now being accepted for the Post–9/11 GI Bill benefit that is effective August 1, 2009. Individuals with active duty service since September 11, 2001 may be eligible for this benefit and can apply online at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.