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Scholarships & Financial Aid

An MBA is a significant financial investment, but there are many resources available to assist you in financing your degree.

Illinois MBA Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarships to admitted applicants, including:

Merit scholarships

All applicants who apply are considered at the time of admission for awards ranging from $2,500 to full tuition; no additional application is required.

We Want You Back: The Illinois x 2 Scholarship

The Illinois x 2 Scholarship offers a 50% tuition reduction for the full length of the Illinois MBA. The scholarship is exclusively for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni who meet the following criteria:

  • Are admitted to the Illinois MBA
  • Hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Have a minimum of two years of post-bachelor’s degree professional work experience
  • Earned a competitive GMAT or GRE score (Note: “Competitive” is in comparison with our current pool of applicants.)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3

Our Commitment to Graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The College of Business’ MBA program is dedicated to training an inclusive cohort of future leaders in a diverse, global setting. As a result, in addition to our traditional Merit Scholarships, we are allocating eight full-tuition scholarships, annually, for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Along with submitting a standard Illinois MBA application, applicants for these eight scholarships must have a competitive GMAT score (or equivalent GRE), at least two years of work experience, and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Learn more about diversity in the Illinois MBA »

Forté Foundation Fellows

Forté Foundation Fellows is an honor given to select female MBAs at participating business schools. Both domestic and international women may be nominated as a fellow. Each fellow receives a generous scholarship from the Illinois MBA.

The Forté Foundation is a consortium of major corporations and top business schools that has become a powerful change agent in educating and directing talented women toward leadership roles in business. For more information, please visit the Forté Foundation website.

NSHMBA University Partnership Program

NSHMBA University Partnership Program offers scholarships through the Illinois MBA for outstanding Hispanics. The National Society of Hispanic MBAs has teamed up with several colleges and universities across the United States in the hope of increasing the number of Hispanic students completing bachelors and masters degrees. For more information, please visit the NSHMBA website.

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External Scholarships

Your application for admission to the Illinois MBA is also your application for a merit-based scholarship. We encourage you to search for additional scholarship opportunities external to the Illinois MBA as listed below.

Funding for Women and Minority Students

Funding for International Students

  • Fundação Estudar – This is a merit-based scholarship opportunity for Brazilian students with leadership and entrepreneurial profiles.
  • Instituto Ling Scholarship Program – This annual scholarship program is for Brazilian citizens with entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills to contribute to Brazilian economic, social and cultural development.
  • Institute of International Education – This institute administers the Fulbright Fellows program, which is the U.S. Government’s flagship international exchange program. It implements many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programs.
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization – P.E.O. provides various merit- and need-based scholarships to international women pursuing graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Funding for Veterans

Illinois is a veteran-friendly institution. The Illinois MBA qualifies as a degree-seeking program for all veterans education benefits from both the federal and state governments. From the federal government, there are chapters 1606 (Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)), 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)), 30 (Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB)), 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities), 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), and 35 (Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)). The state of Illinois offers the Illinois Veterans Grant, MIA-POW Scholarship, and Illinois National Guard Grant.

For additional information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid or email Jason Abrams, the Veterans Student Outreach Coordinator,

Other Sources of Funding

Online Scholarship Search

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University of Illinois Resources

Financial Aid

  • Assistantships – The Illinois MBA does not offer graduate assistantships, but you may learn about other assistantship opportunities on campus by going to the Assistantship Clearinghouse.
  • Fellowships – Because the Illinois MBA is a professional program rather than a research program, our students rarely qualify for fellowships. If you are pursuing a joint degree with a research program on campus, we encourage you to search for available fellowships once enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Office of Student Financial Aid


  • Virtual Job Board – Students may search for on-campus job opportunities through the Virtual Job Board.
  • MBA Program – The MBA program will occasionally post part-time jobs for students to work as Program Assistants (PAs) or Faculty Assistants (FAs). Students in these positions earn an hourly wage and generally work 5-10 hours per week. These opportunities are generally not available until students have successfully completed the first semester of the MBA program.

Student Loans

U.S. Student Loan Resources

  • FAFSA – Free application for federal student aid for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (Federal School Code: 001775)
  • Federal Student Aid

International Student Loan Resources

Helpful Guides for Funding Your Education

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