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Fees and Financial Aid


Earning your MBA is a significant commitment of your time, energy and resources. We are proud of the strong return on investment our graduates experience both during their time in the program and as alumni. UC Davis offers financial assistance to help you to enroll in the UC Davis MBA program.

“We are committed to keeping the UC Davis MBA a good investment. And to make the cost predictable for students, we lock in your fees when you enroll.”

— Amanda Opperman, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Program Costs

Course Fees

Sacramento MBA students who start in fall 2020 pay $1,385 per unit. Course fees are set at the time of enrollment and remain fixed for your MBA studies. This includes textpaks as well as dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday; it does not include textbooks, parking or other course materials. Students typically take 6-8 units per quarter; most courses are 1 or 3 units.

The following estimated expenses is an example of the cost for the first year of attendance. The Sacramento Part-Time MBA requires 72 units, for a total estimated course fee of $99,720 for students who start in fall 2020.

The UC Davis office of Financial Aid and Scholarships establishes a modest, yet adequate, cost-of-living allowance to determine financial aid eligibility each school year. This allowance includes housing and utilities, food, transportation, personal/miscellaneous expenses and medical expenses.


Tuition & Fees* $24,930
Health Insurance Fee** $5,124
Books and Supplies $1,285
Living Expenses*** $16,503
Transportation $2,215
Total Budget $50,057
* University tuition includes registration fee, educational fee, student association fee, memorial union fee, campus enhancements, sports and intramural sports fee, student facilities safety fee, Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition and Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition (non-California residents only). These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown.
** Students must prove comparable coverage under another insurance plan to waive this fee.
***Living Expenses includes: Room and Board, Transportation and Personal Expense Estimates. For estimates of off-campus housing costs near the UC Davis campus please review: Housing Costs Near UC Campuses.

The tuition, fees and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final; actual tuition, fees and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California or, as authorized, by the President of the University of California. Accordingly, final approved levels and charges may differ from the amounts shown. Some or all instruction for all or part of academic year 2020-21 may be delivered remotely. Tuition and mandatory fees have been set regardless of the method of instruction and will not be refunded in the event instruction occurs remotely for any part of the academic year.

For current student tuition and fee information, visit the Budget & Institutional Analysis website.


Funding available to Sacramento MBA students include:

  • Employer support
  • Student loans
  • Scholarships, fellowship and other awards

Most Sacramento MBA students receive financial support from their employers.

Health Insurance Requirement

UC Davis automatically enrolls all registered students in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). Students with comparable insurance can apply for a UC SHIP waiver. More about UC SHIP here.  The quarterly cost in 2020-21 is $1,708 ($5,124 annually).

Employer Financial Support

Check with your human resources or benefits office to learn if your employer provides financial support to help with tuition, fees or other expenses. If there is no formal plan, talk to your manager about possible direct support from your department. Be aware of any program restrictions or special requirements.

How to Convince Your Employer to Pay for Your MBA

Student Loans

Federal Direct Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans

The UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships office will determine your eligibility and notify you of the types and amounts of loans for which you qualify.

  • UC Davis disburses loans in three installments, one per quarter.
  • Interest rates and origination loans are set by the federal government. Interest accrues on the loans from the date of disbursement.
  • The Federal Direct Loan does not require a credit check; the Graduate PLUS Loan does require a credit check.
  • For more information, contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships or a financial aid expert.

Students receive their formal financial aid packages after submitting their enrollment deposit. If you need an estimated award before accepting enrollment, contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships or a financial aid expert.

Private Loans

Private loans provide both fixed-amount programs and revolving lines of credit. These loans are based on creditworthiness. Interest rates are usually higher and interest begins to accrue immediately, although you often have the option of deferring payment while you are in school.

Terms and conditions for these programs are not set by the federal government and are subject to change. For more information, contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships or a financial aid expert.

Student Fee Payment Options

Accepted payment methods can be viewed in detail on-line and include:

  • Online/Electronic Payments. Pay student bills by e-check; there is no additional fee for paying by e-check.
  • Cash. Cash payments must be made in person at the Cashier’s Office.
  • Checks, Money Orders and Cashier’s Checks.
  • Credit Cards. Discover cards can be used for online payments only. A credit card cannot be used to pay your enrollment deposit.
  • International Wire Deposits. Contact the Cashier’s Office for assistance.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Other Awards

All candidates are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships based on their admissions application. Criteria include academic record, professional promise and focus.

Scholarships for UC Davis Employees

As part of our investment in talent development at UC Davis, the GSM offers up to five staff scholarships each at the UC Davis main campus, UC Davis San Ramon campus and UC Davis Health. The ideal candidate is an accomplished professional with high leadership potential. These awards are competitive and are awarded on the basis of intellectual curiosity and strength, demonstrated leadership, professional effectiveness, and strong teamwork and communication skills.

Details for each award are hyperlinked below. To be eligible you must  be employed in a career position with one of the following partners:

External Scholarships

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management has compiled the following list of external scholarship opportunities as a service to the community. Students should work directly with each agency to verify their processes and eligibility—and should verify the legitimacy of any organization they provide personal information to.


International students receive full consideration for Graduate School of Management scholarships, fellowships and assistantships. Those who need educational loan assistance must have a U.S. co-signer.

More Information

If you have questions about filing the FAFSA or the awarding process, contact the UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships or a financial aid expert.

Part-Time MBA - Sacramento - Financing Your Degree

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