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Military & Veterans

The Paul Merage School of Business values the service of our men and women in uniform and the experiences they bring to our programs. We warmly welcome military applicants. Our personalized, experientially-based learning offers broad exposure to all key areas of business to build your strategic business acumen and prepare you for leadership roles in the public and private sectors.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, degree-granting institutions of higher learning 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. 

You must have 100% eligibility under the Post 9-11 GI Bill and enroll in the Full-Time MBA, Master of Science in Engineering Management or Master of Science in Biotechnology Management programs to participate. Students attending our other Master’s programs are not eligible for this benefit because they do not pay a non-resident tuition fee.

Federal Education Benefits

The University of California is an approved institution to receive Federally funded education benefits.

Under CalVet make the following changes:

CalVet College Fee Waiver – add the yellow phrase in its own paragraph as follows:

  • a dependent of a member of the US Armed Forces stationed in California on active duty

In order for dependents of Veterans to be eligible they must prove they are State of California Residents by the University.

CalVet College Fee Waiver

The College Fee Waiver is available to students who are enrolled in the Full-Time MBA, Master of Science in Engineering Management and Master of Science in Biotechnology Management programs. The program waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees however it does not cover the expense of campus-based fees, student health insurance, books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible.

The Non-Resident Fee Waiver is available to students who are enrolled in the Full-Time MBA, Master of Science in Engineering Management and Master of Science in Biotechnology Management programs. The program waives non-resident fees for:

  • members of the US Armed Forces stationed in California on active duty
  • a dependent of a member of the US Armed Forces stationed in California on active duty
  • For qualification and to apply contact the Residency Deputy in the University Registrar’s Office, regres@uci.edu. For more information click here.

Students attending our Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Health Care Executive MBA, Master of Professional Accountancy, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Master of Finance are not eligible to use CalVet Tuition/Fee exemptions (also referred to as a College Fee Waiver, Non-Resident College Fee Waiver or CalVet Fee Waiver). These programs are not supported with state funds and are not subject to the state law regarding CalVet tuition/fee exemptions.

Application Fee Waiver

To receive the $150 application fee waiver, please contact the admissions director with the program to which you wish to apply:

Learn more about Veteran Services at the University of California, Irvine.