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 2013-14 are approximately $44,000 for California residents and $50,000 for non-residents. Fees are subject to change. Review the estimated 2013-14 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. 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.

Fellowships

Rady provides limited fellowship support to exceptional individuals. All domestic and international admitted students are considered for merit-based fellowships upon admission. No additional application is required. Applicants awarded Rady fellowships are notified in writing with their admission letter.

Through the generosity of our supporters and donors, the Rady School also awards privately funded fellowships. These fellowships have specific criteria that are assessed through the application process. These include fellowships to support students with backgrounds in the life sciences, to assist students who have demonstrated significant achievement in the face of economic or personal barriers and to support students who will be contributors and leaders in San Diego’s innovation-driven economy. The optional essays in the application enable applicants to provide additional information that may be helpful to the fellowship committee.

Rady School Fellowships include:

Anklesaria Family Foundation Fellowship
Tanya and Charles Brandes Fellowship Fund*
Julia Richardson Brown Fellowship
Burnham Foundation Fellowship
Foster MBA Fellowship Fund*
Michael Kriegler Fellowship*
Latham & Watkins — Wolfe Family Fellowships
Michael and Karen Stone Family Foundation Fellowship
Rady Alumni Fellowships
Rady Innovation Fellows
Rady Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Associate Fellowships
Young Innovators Fellowship

* Endowed Fellowship

Loans

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 UC Private Lender List information page.

Grants

Graduate Opportunity Grants are University of California funded and do not have to be repaid. You must submit a FAFSA form in order to be eligible for these grants.

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.

Military Scholarships

CCME Scholarship Applications must be submitted online at cmeonline.org/scholarship. The scholarship eligibility requirements and application process are available from July 1 - October 1.

The eligibility requirements for the CCME scholarships are as follows:

CCME Joe King Scholarship (5 awards)

Applicants must:

  • be a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from all colleges
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

CCME Spouse Scholarship (5 awards)

Applicants must:

  • be the spouse of a uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard, veteran)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from all colleges
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

CCME Veteran Scholarship (5 awards)

Applicants must:

  • be a prior uniformed service member (active, reserves, guard)
  • be currently enrolled in an educational program at a regional or national accredited institution and is a member institution of CCME
  • first time associate, bachelor, or graduate degree seeker
  • have a minimum of 12 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) from the CCME member institution; minimum 6 or more hours (units) with a cumulative 3.0 GPA (graduate) from the CCME member institution
  • submit an unofficial college or university transcript from all colleges
  • submit two (2) letters of recommendation to be completed by persons unrelated to applicant, who will attest to their motivation, character, integrity and educational pursuit. One recommendation must be from a faculty member or academic advisor.

Essays will be judged on written content and writing skills, and should be at least 400-750 words in length. Applications that are incomplete or are from individuals that do not qualify will not be considered. Finalists will be required to provide documentation of service.

About CCME: The Council of College and Military Educators, a not-for-profit organization, was founded 39 years ago to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the armed services. Its membership is principally composed of military educators, civilian educators, post-secondary educational institutions, and suppliers of quality education products and services. The CCME symposium is the largest annual forum in the country with an expected attendance of about 1000 participants. The annual symposium facilitates the networking and interaction of the key leadership across these organizations in an environment that is focused on enhancing and optimizing voluntary education opportunities for the service member and their families. For more information, visit: http://www.ccmeonline.org.