MSBA Tuition & Financial Aid

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MSBA Tuition Summary

Total cost of the MSBA program includes a state tuition & fees + course fees

Estimated Cost of Program for 2018-19 academic year will be as following:*

*Subject to the UW Office of Budget & Planning and Board of Regents Review and Approvals, and to state tuition increase.

  • In-state Tuition & Fees + course fees for full-time students: range from $24,440 to $25,000 for the entire program, 40 credits in 4 quarters (10 credits per academic quarter, total 4 quarters)
  • Out-of-state Tuition & Fees + course fees for full-time students: range from $30,440 to $31,000 for the entire program, 40 credits in 4 quarters (10 credits per academic quarter, total 4 quarters)
  • This price is applicable for the program which is completed within a year.

Milgard MSBA students often finance their education through a combination of personal funds, educational loans, scholarships and employer tuition benefits.

According to the UW Office of Budget & Planning and Board of Regents Review and Approvals ( the cost of the program for 2017-18 academic year will be as following:

  • In-state Tuition & Fees + course fees: $24,139 [(in-state tuition = $20,760) + (state fees = $1,779) + (course fees = $1,600)] for the entire program, 40 credits (total 3 academic quarters)
  • Out-of-state Tuition & Fees + course fees: $29,581 [(out-of-state tuition = $25,904) + (state fees = $2,077) + (course fees = $1,600)] for the entire program, 40 credits (total 3 academic quarters)
  • This price is applicable for a program which is completed within an academic year (3 quarters)
  • The state tuition for this program for full-time students, by quarter is

Scholarship for Full Time Students

The Milgard School of Business awarded scholarships to students enrolled in its MSBA program full time for 2018-2019. Funding for these scholarships comes from a variety of contributions including the Milgard Endowment, Local Businesses, UW partners, friends and alumni.  In the current academic year, the Milgard School of Business has awarded scholarships to 148 undergraduate and graduate students totaling approximately $438,000. 

Milgard School of Business scholarships recognizes MSBA students' potential for business excellence by awarding merit-based scholarships focused on academic achievement and leadership in organizations and local community.

The 2018 MSBA Scholarship deadline closed on March 1st, 2018. The 2019 MSBA Scholarship application will open in January 2019

Other Financial Aid Options

Federal Loans

Federal student loans are issued through the Department of Education and are available to US Citizens and US Permanent Residents only. Qualified students may be eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per year through the Federal Stafford Direct Loan program. The FAFSA4caster is the US Department of Education’s free calculator that gives you an early estimate of your financial aid award.

To apply for federal loans, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UW’s federal financial aid code for the FAFSA is 003798. For the 2017-2018 year, the FAFSA will be available starting October 1 and the UW priority deadline for FAFSA submittal has been moved to January 15. Read more information about the changes for the 2017-2018 year.

Summer quarter financial aid requests should be submitted by May. Learn more about how to get financial aid for summer quarter.

For complete information, contact the UW Tacoma Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).

  • Office of Student Financial Aid
  • MAT 213; Campus Box 358400
  • 1900 Commerce Street
  • Tacoma, WA 98402
  • 253-692-4374

Private Loans

Private loans are another option to secure funds for your educational expenses. We strongly encourage qualified students to exhaust all federal loan options before applying for private loans. You are encouraged to conduct independent research and can borrow from any lender you prefer. There are resources available from the OSFA website to make an informed decision about alternative loan options.

Short-term Loans

Short-term loans may be available through the OSFA to assist students with temporary cash flow problems. Short-term loans are available only to students who are currently attending the university (loans cannot be processed between quarters). Please visit the OSFA Short-term loan program webpage for details on eligibility requirements, maximum amounts and costs of borrowing, and repayment.

International Student Loans

Non-U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid. International students are encouraged to pursue private educational loans available from their home country. UW’s International Student Services office provides information on Financial Assistance for International Students. Additional resources are available at eduPASS and IEFA.

Former or Current Military

As a veteran, current active duty member, or a dependent of military personnel, you may be entitled to VA benefits to fund your education. These benefits may include funding for tuition and fees, housing, books, and meals. Connect with the UW Tacoma Veteran & Military Services to learn more.

Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS)

The UW Libraries provides resources for funding graduate studies. You can browse through their resources guide for possible opportunities.

Education Tax Credit

The IRS provides both tax credits and deductions that may be taken to reduce the federal income tax burden for eligible students. Tax savings are dependent on your personal situation, and students should check with their personal accountant to determine whether their tuition payments qualify as a tax deduction. For detailed information on the education tax credits and eligibility, visit the UW Student Fiscal Services website.

Student Fellowships & Awards

Are you a motivated student with ambition and passion for what you do? Interested in transformative opportunities such as research, language study, service, mentorship, networking, or travel. Student Fellowships & Awards, within the Office of Global Affairs, is here to support engaged students in their applications to nationally competitive fellowships as well as some UW-wide opportunities. Not sure what a fellowship is? Find out below, or better yet, attend one of their upcoming info sessions