How to Save $5,000 on Your MBA Tuition

Just go to school in California as a resident.  😉

I don’t think they’ve finalized the actual residential discount, but I’ve heard that it will be at least $5,000.  The process of proving your residency in California is a bit cumbersome.  The registration office sent me a list of required documents, based off of the information I had submitted before:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Year old rental lease
  • 2010 Tax Return
  • 2009 Tax Return
  • 2010 W2’s
  • 2009 W2’s
  • Latest Pay Stub
  • Confirmation letter from payroll manager
  • Bank Statement with CA address

It took me about 2.5 hours to find, compile, scan, and print everything; at the end I had over 30 pages of documentation to submit.  And to top it off, they gave us a tiny yellow envelope to mail everything back.

My experience with UCLA’s Grad School administrative office hasn’t been great thus far.  First off, I never received an email from the graduate division with links to fill out my Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and Statement of Legal Residency SLR).  I figured out online how to complete these tasks because I needed them to apply for housing.  Secondly, the curriculum has not been finalized yet and, therefore, the waiver requirements for each course have not been distributed.  I’m pretty sure I can test of introductory Accounting and Finance, and maybe take a more difficult course, but having been away from the core material for years, I’d definitely need some review first.

Anyway, I guess it’s still pretty early in the year.  Hopefully things will get better.

5 thoughts on “How to Save $5,000 on Your MBA Tuition”

  1. Hi Mark,

    Highly doubt that you remember me, but I commented on one of your posts earlier and wrote that I’m applying for Anderson for R3…Well, I just received confirmation last Friday that I’m in! 🙂

    The fact that the email from the graduate division regarding Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and Statement of Legal Residency SLR) never came is a bit disconcerting (since I 100% intend to apply for student housing). Can you tell me where you were able to find this online?

    Thanks Mark!

  2. Hi Connie,

    Congratulations on getting in! And thanks for the advice from before.

    For the SIR and SLR, I called both the grad division and the MBA admissions office, and neither could give me an answer. I ended up just searching online and finding the answer, though I don’t recall the details perfectly. I believe the first step is that you need a Bruin ID. Not sure if you already have one since you went there for undergrad. The acceptance letter should have enough detail to get you that at least. Then you go through a grad division portal (I think it was URSA) where you register and both the SIR and SLR are on the same page. You just have to click through a bunch of menus, get your official UCLA email address, etc. Only after you’ve done this can you apply for housing. I’m a little busy at work right now, but I’ll try to retrace my steps and write down the details this time, as I know a lot of people didn’t get the grad division email either.

  3. Thanks for the quick reply! I just called UCLA Housing Assignments and the lady confirmed that we “should” submit the housing request and the two above items simultaneously, but she also said that this isn’t a hard and fast rule and I can submit the housing request first then submit the SIR & SLR later.

    And yep, I still have my Bruin ID, so I’ll be looking inrothis after work today.

    Thanks for all the insight! 🙂

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