How to Save $5,000 On Your MBA Tuition by: Mark Wong on May 26, 2011 | 1,370 Views May 26, 2011 Copy Link Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Reddit 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. This post is adapted from Random Wok, a blog written by Mark Wong from Silicon Valley. You can read all of his posts at Random Wok. Selected posts by Wong at PoetsandQuants: Why I Want an MBA Climbing the GMAT Mountain: 630 to 710 on a Practice Test Do Consultants Have An Unfair Edge Over Other Applicants? Falling Behind & Stressed Out My New Critical Reasoning Strategy Figuring Out My Odds of Getting Into Harvard, Stanford, Wharton With My GMAT Classes Over, It’s Now Just Me and the Test Making a GMAT Test Taker Feel Like A Complete Pansy With a Month to Go Before His GMAT Test, It’s Time to Focus Is The GMAT Really Designed To Break You? I Took the GMAT Today and Rocked It! Charting All My GMAT Scores Over Time With Lessons After Scoring My 750, It’s Now All About Applying MBA Applications Wisdom from Muhammad Ali Facing A Gauntlet of Round Two Deadlines Should Everyone Apply to Harvard Business School? The Final Click Is The Hardest Click: Sending In My Application A Punch to the Gut: Bad Reviews On His Draft Essays MBA Essay Writing: Draining the Life Out of Me Beginning to Realize You Can Never Write The Perfect MBA Essay With Wharton and UCLA Apps Done, He Feels Like a Zombie Taking Back His Life After Sacrificing Health, Time & Sanity Slammed with Business School Spam Thanks to GMAC Getting an Invite for An Interview from Berkeley’s Haas School UCLA’s Anderson School Asks Our Blogger To Interview A Ding From Harvard Business School After a Harvard Ding, Good News in a Cryptic Email from Wharton Another Ding: First Harvard, Now Berkeley’s Haas School Says No Surviving the Wait Game Why I’m Going to Get an MBA Attending UCLA’s Admit Weekend Navigating the Realities of the Wait List Dumping His GMAT Books On Amazon Waitlisted Again At Wharton Comments or questions about this article? Email us.