Costs and Financing

Your Rady MBA is an investment of time, energy and money. Early consideration of how you will finance your MBA studies ensures that you will be ready and able to accept an offer of admission. The Rady School is committed to helping you identify your options and providing advice to assist you with your financial decisions.

Full-Time MBA academic fees for 2016-17 are approximately $46,775 for California residents and $50,909 for non-residents. Fees are subject to change. Fellowships and grants are available to Rady School students. Review the estimated 2016-17 budget

To be considered for financial assistance or non-subsidized loans, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive priority funding, file your FAFSA as early as Jan. 1, but no later than March 2. Complete and submit your FAFSA at UC San Diego’s school code is 001317. Once your FAFSA data has been processed and transferred to the UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office by the FAFSA central processor, you will be notified of your eligibility by the Financial Aid Office.

UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office provides step-by-step application directions, downloadable forms, answers to frequently asked questions and more.


U.S. citizens or permanent residents should apply for Federal Direct Loan Programs first because of favorable interest rates and origination fees. These are variable, low-interest educational loans. The Federal Direct Loan Programs provide unsubsidized loans where you pay accruing interest while in school, grace and authorized deferment periods. These loans are not need based loans and do not require a co-signer. Deferment options are available. The FAFSA is required to determine the loans for which you may qualify. Visit UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office for additional information.

Private educational loans are available to domestic and international applicants. For international applicants, some lending institutions may require that a U.S. citizen co-sign. For additional details on private loans,  refer to the UCSD Private Loan information page.

Student Contribution Appeal

Your expected student contribution for the academic year will be based largely on your prior calendar-year income. For students who have been working full-time during the prior year, this expected contribution may not accurately reflect your current or projected financial situation as a full-time student. Students falling into this situation should submit a student contribution appeal form.