Full-Time MBA Costs and Financing

Invest in Your Future

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.

Tuition and Fees

Full-Time MBA academic fees for 2019-20 are approximately $51,453 for California residents and $54,968 for non-residents. Fees are subject to change. The Rady School and UC San Diego offer fellowships to assist students, as well as resources to find additional assistance.  Further information about costs associated with studying at UC San Diego are available from the central financial aid office.

Financial Assistance

To be considered for financial assistance or unsubsidized loans, domestic students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UC San Diego's Financial Aid Office provides step-by-step application directions, downloadable forms, answers to frequently asked questions and more. UC San Diego’s school code is 001317. 


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.

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, including fellowships to support students:

  • with great potential to be leaders in their respective industries and fields
  • who have demonstrated significant achievement in the face of economic or personal barriers
  • who will be contributors and leaders in San Diego’s innovation-driven economy
  • with backgrounds in the life sciences

Optional essays in the application enable applicants to provide additional information that may be helpful to the fellowship committee.

Military Benefits & Scholarships

Information about funding for active military and veteran students is available on the UC San Diego Financial Aid website.

Though many of our military students receive assistance through military benefit programs, the Rady School does reserve a limited amount of funds to assist our military candidates.


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 San Diego Private Loan information page.

 Scholarships & Grants

UC San Diego does not administer scholarships for graduate students. However, UC San Diego's Financial Aid office compiles resources on scholarships not administered by the university. More information can be found at their website.

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.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to research additional scholarships and/or grants which may apply to specific individuals.  Please contact the Rady Admissions Office if you need documentation of your admission offer if applying for third party 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.