Scholarships & Financial Aid for Working Professional & Executive MBAs

This information comes from our Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions team.

At Texas McCombs, we recognize that pursuing an MBA is a big investment in your future. We are proud to have been ranked among the top 10 part-time MBA programs in the U.S. for the past five years.

#7 Part-Time MBA programs, U.S. News and World Report

To make your MBA future attainable as a Working Professional (WP), Texas McCombs awards financial assistance to many students to help cover the cost of education for our Evening, Executive, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston programs. In most cases, that aid comes in the form of student loans but there other options that may help fund your MBA. We invite you to review some of these below to help you better navigate this step in your MBA journey.

Recruiting Scholarships for WP MBA Candidates

McCombs offers a limited number of recruiting scholarships in the form of cash awards. These awards are offered to WP candidates who have demonstrated a superior record of academic and professional merit, as well as financial need. All applicants are automatically considered for recruiting scholarships through the admissions process.

Texas McCombs designates our Round 1 MBA application deadlines as the priority deadline for scholarships & fellowships.

The MBA program’s scholarship funding varies from year to year, thus the percentage of students who receive scholarships will also vary from year to year. About 10% – 15% of our incoming class have received a merit-based scholarship ranging, on average, around $10,000 for the duration of the program.

Private Scholarships

The UT Austin Office of Financial Aid administers several private scholarships to entering and continuing students. You may be eligible to apply for some of these awards, but please review the specific criteria and application procedures carefully and  reach out to the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

There are also many private websites that include scholarship search engines to apply for lesser-known scholarship awards. Please be aware that these sites are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Office of Financial Aid or The University of Texas at Austin. When exploring private scholarships, we encourage you to do your research and be aware of scholarship scams.

Federal Loans

Many students are eligible for federal student loans and in some cases, grants. To determine your eligibility you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA for the academic year opens on October 1. You apply should fill out your forms as early as possible, noting  Texas has a priority deadline of January 15. Evening MBA applicants should also note that they will need their FAFSA completed before October 1 date to allow for the best timeline for their application. It is recommended for all future students that you have your FAFSA completed by June 1. Students who are eligible to complete the FAFSA are U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and other eligible non-citizens. Please watch this two-minute video for help with the financial aid application process.

Private Education Loans

Private/alternative loans are not offered by federal or state governments. As a result, the terms of the loan will vary from lender to lender. If pursuing a private loan, check with your lender about the length of time your application will remain valid to ensure your approval won’t expire before you actually start the program. Our Financial Aid team cannot recommend any specific private loans but will work with all banks and lending institutions once you’ve been approved.


Ultimately, most students finance their MBA education using multiple sources— a combination of personal savings and loans, and in some cases, scholarship funding. Before you apply to business school, do your research, and let us know if you have any questions. The best time to start planning your financing is now.

2 Comments

  1. Hello, my name is Jose Estrada

    I have a lot of interest about studying a MBA at UT. I’m US citizen, right now I’m studying industrial engineering at Universidad Iberoamericana at Leon Guanajuato, Mexico.
    I’ll graduate on May 2019, and I’m working at Beiesdorf Group in Mexico as a Planning Intern. When is the best time to star the application process for studying a MBA at McCombs?

    Thaks!

    Jose Estrada

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