Harvard | Mr. Captain Mishra
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Stanford GSB | Ms. Lady Programmer
GRE 331, GPA 2.9
Kellogg | Mr. Engineer To PM
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (with Honors)
Yale | Mr. Tambourine Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Ms. Eternal Optimism
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
McCombs School of Business | Mr. CRE
GMAT 625, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Double Eagle
GMAT 740, GPA 3.77
Wharton | Mr. Rural Ed To International Business
GRE 329, GPA 3.6
IU Kelley | Mr. Jiu-Jitsu Account Admin
GMAT 500, GPA 3.23
Wharton | Mr. Sales From Law School
GMAT 700, GPA 11/20
Columbia | Mr. URM Artillery Officer
GRE 317, GPA 3.65
Stanford GSB | Ms. Eyebrows Say It All
GRE 299, GPA 8.2/10
Harvard | Mr. Air Force Seeking Feedback
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. UHNW Family Office
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Certain Government Guy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Hopeful B School Investment Analyst
GRE 334, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Stuck Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.6
MIT Sloan | Mr. Mechanical Engineer W/ CFA Level 2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83/4.0 WES Conversion
Wharton | Mr. Asset Manager – Research Associate
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Community Involvement
GMAT 600, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. International Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. South East Asian Product Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Ms. Hollywood To Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Ms. Investor To Fintech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Structural Engineer
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Darden | Mr. Anxious One
GRE 323, GPA 3.85
Ross | Mr. Saudi Engineer
GRE 312, GPA 3.48

The Total Cost To Attend A Top-25 MBA Program Keeps Rising

MIT Sloan School of Management has the costliest full-time MBA program in the United States, at more than $237,000 over two years. MIT is followed by NYU Stern and Stanford GSB. MIT photo

A HELPING HAND

The bottom line is that an MBA from a top school is not cheap. The average total cost to attend one of the programs in the chart below is $194,031, which is actually down slightly from last year ($196,067) but up from $185,747 in 2017 — and up considerably from about $168,000 four years ago.

Fortunately, financial aid is available for many. At Stanford GSB, the average fellowship is about $35,000 per year or $70,000 in total awards; at Harvard, where 50% of the MBA class is eligible for assistance, it’s even more: $40,000 per year, or $80,000 total. UCLA Anderson has 625 scholarships, grants, fellowships, and awards; UC-Berkeley annually spreads millions around its relatively small MBA  cohort. At MIT Sloan, this year’s most expensive school, there are literally dozens of fellowships available, most of which don’t even require an application: students are automatically considered for them.

Beyond scholarships, there’s the fact that a MBA continues to be a reliable magnifier of salary potential. According to recent surveys by both the Graduate Management Admission Council and The Financial Times, post-MBA salaries rise by a median of $40,000. The schools with the best ROI and starting salaries? According to a P&Q analysis, it’s all the schools you see in the chart below. HBS grads, we learned recently, now average more than $170,000 right out of the gate, while Columbia grads do even better.

DON’T MISS: HOW MUCH DOES A TOP MBA NOW COST? NINE SCHOOLS ARE IN THE $200K CLUB or NO SURPRISES: MBA DEBT BURDEN RISES AGAIN

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