Financial Aid

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The University of San Diego has a variety of resources to help applicants finance their graduate business education. Explore the possibilities below to discover funding sources that meet your needs. For additional information about financial aid, visit USD's Financial Aid Website.

Merit Scholarships

All Full-Time MBA and Evening MBA applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships available through the University of San Diego and the School of Business Administration.

These scholarships are typically awarded to high-caliber applicants who have a GMAT score of 600 or higher, high quality work experience and other solid credentials. Applicants are notified of any scholarship funds at the time of admission. Full-Time MBA student merit scholarships amounts are usually a minimum of $5,000 per academic year and vary based on academic and professional achievement.

Graduate Assistantships

MBA students may apply for an appointment to work with School of Business Administration faculty to help offset the cost of tuition. Students who are not working full-time can assist a faculty member with research and other projects for 40 hours during the semester in exchange for $1,200 in tuition assistance (students may apply for one assistantship their first semester, and then one to two in following semesters).

Once admitted to an MBA program, students are notified about the application process for available assistantships. 

Need-based Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and certain permanent residents are eligible to apply for need-based loans and grants. Please see the USD Financial Aid website for application details. The deadline to be considered for need-based grants is April 1.

To be considered for the highest level of aid possible, applicants are encouraged to submit a FAFSA with USD indicated as an institution of choice by April 1 even if they have not completed the application process yet.

Ahlers Center for International Business Study Abroad Scholarships

In addition to offering reduced tuition rates for short-term study abroad courses, the Ahlers Center for International Business awards scholarships to reduce the financial burden associated with the extra costs of taking classes which require international travel. Selection criteria include academic excellence, relevance of classes or international experience to applicant’s career goals and financial need. Students who apply for short-term study abroad courses are notified of the scholarship application process.

On Campus Employment

Students may apply to work for a department on campus for an hourly rate (typically $8-$10/hour). This option is particularly popular among international students who are restricted from working off-campus during the first year of their program by their student visa status.

Yellow-Ribbon Participating School

Students who have served in the United States military in any capacity since September 11, 2001, may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program. The University of San Diego is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.