Financial Aid

Entering Students

All Haas Fellowships and Scholarships in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program are one-year awards. Consequently for awards that require an application, students need to apply annually for reconsideration in subsequent years for any applicable scholarships. All students regardless of citizenship status can apply for Haas Scholarships unless otherwise noted.

Please note that funding is limited. Scholarship funding may run out before the final review date. Admitted students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will only be considered for admitted students.


Need-based awards require both an online application and submission of supporting documentation (details below). Applicants for the Shapansky Grant will be asked to submit a single digital file with supporting documentation to validate self-reported data from the application form. Our dynamic algorithm does not allow us to publish an income “cut-off point” therefore we highly recommend that all students with interest in need-based funding apply for consideration. Our review accounts for factors including, but not limited to: income, savings, assets, and household size. Students will be allowed to apply for these awards once they are admitted using the timeline below:

2018 Admit Need-Based Award Timeline

>> APPLICANT TIP: Utilize the personal statement to explain any factors that have prohibited you from securing sufficient funds to support you while in your MBA program.


Merit award applications are reviewed by committees comprised of representatives from the admissions team. Scholarships and fellowship committees will utilize the admissions application in their deliberations. The supplemental essay, when applicable, will be used to gather additional targeted information for specific awards. The criteria used to select the best recipient among qualified applicants include, but are not limited to: overall strength of the admissions application, professional goals, educational achievement, leadership skills, and embodiment of the Haas Defining Leadership Principles. Please note that meeting the stated criteria does not mean you are guaranteed funds; rather, it means you are eligible for consideration. All application deadlines are noted below and are aligned with the admission application deadlines.

>> APPLICANT TIP: When speaking to the Defining Leadership Principles in your personal statements go beyond simply listing how your values align with the schools. Narratives and case studies are a great way to showcase how these values resonate in your life more organically.

2018 Admit Merit Based Awards Timeline


Berkeley Haas Scholarships for Admitted Students


Leadership & Diversity Scholarships

Dean's Fellowship for $15,000 - $20,000 - first year only

Our mission at Berkeley Haas is to develop leaders who redefine how we do business. This award is for first year students only.

  • REQUIRED PERSONAL STATEMENT (choose one of the following; 250 word maximum):
    • What are you most passionate about and why?
    • Describe a significant obstacle you have encountered and how dealing with it has changed you.

Diversity Scholarship Scholarship for $10,000 - first year only

At Berkeley Haas, we aim to assemble a diverse student body to provide the best learning experience for our students.  We define diversity in many ways, from racial and ethnic differences, unique industry or job function, geographic location, gender, and more. This award is for first year students only.

  • REQUIRED PERSONAL STATEMENT (250 word maximum): Describe how you cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture.

Non-Profit/Public Service Scholarships

Non-Profit/Public Service Scholarships for $10,000 - one-year award

The Non-Profit and Public Service Scholarship facilitates access to the Berkeley MBA for students whose current employment is in the non-profit or public service sectors. This is a one-year award which can be renewed in subsequent years.

  • REQUIRED PERSONAL STATEMENT (250 word maximum): Please provide a description of your work in the non-profit or public service sector and the impact it has in the community or society as a whole. Please articulate your commitment to this area in the future.

Need-Based Grants

Shapansky Grant up to $10,000 - one-year award

Provided by the generosity of Juanita Shapansky. This grant was funded through a bequest from Juanita Shapansky in memory of her son Ronald, who graduated from UC Berkeley's San Francisco-based Evening & Weekend MBA program in 1986. Recipients will be awarded based on financial need. Net financial need is calculated by the Haas Financial Aid Office using guidelines adapted from the federal government. This is a one-year award which can be renewed in subsequent years. This application will be ready for submissions beginning February 2018.

  • SUPPLEMENTAL PERSONAL STATEMENT: Please explain your plans to fund your MBA and any special circumstances if applicable. Provide details as needed on any resources listed in the application, or not captured in the resources section. Limit your response to 250 words.
  • SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:  In addition to the online scholarship application, you may be asked to submit your 2016 IRS 1040 form or equivalent tax return. If your documents contain an SSN or other sensitive data, you must redact it before uploading. This documenation will be used to verify self-reported infomation from the application form.
    • INCOME VERIFICATION: After you apply, you may be selected for income verification and will be required to upload the following documentation:
      • 2016 IRS 1040 form or equivalent tax return
      • 2017 W-2 or earnings statement from your employer for self and/ spouse where applicable
      • Statements for all assets noted for the last 3 months
      • Other documentation to support special circumstances or relevant to establishing your ability to self-fund your degree
  • A note for International Applicants - If you are not required to file a tax return, please provide us with an earnings statement for 2016. If you have filed taxes outside of the US, provide a copy of your 2016 federal tax return as well as a translation of the following items,if applicable:
    • Total Earned Income
    • Other Income
    • Adjusted Gross Income

Berkeley Haas Fall Award for New Students Entering Fall 2017

OOBA (Outside Bay Area) Grants - Up to $3,000 - first year only

The OOBA Grant is for students commuting from outside the nine-county Bay Area and who consequently incur additional travel expenses. The application process for students starting Fall 2017 will take place from January 3, 2018 to January 31, 2018. Priority in the selection process will be given in large part to those who live farthest away from campus. The nine-county Bay Area region includes: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Marin Counties.

To access the application, please click here. (Current students can log-in using their Haas username and password. Can't remember your login? Contact the Haas HelpDesk)

Funding is contingent upon continuous residence in your current city. You must report any relocation to another municipality to the Haas Financial Aid Office. Subsequent disbursements could be affected if you move into the 9-county Bay Area.

  • RESIDENCY VERIFICATION: Submit all documents as one PDF file only. If your documents contain an SSN or other sensitive data, you must black it out before you upload it into our system. Please upload 3 months worth of both utility bills, with your name and address, and proof of completed air travel if you are flying in for the weekend classes (Oct 2017 - Dec 2017).