Business schools have many facets that potential students must do their due diligence in researching to find the right fit for higher education. Does the school offer flexible scheduling? What is the typical class size? Can I expect access to seasoned instructors with relevant knowledge of my concentration? Perhaps there are no bigger questions in the quest for finding the right program than the issue of tuition and financial aid. One major draw for many top online Finance MBA programs is the ability for a student to stay working as a full-time professional, complete all coursework in a timely manner, and be able to afford tuition fees for the program. Not only are today's budget-minded distance learners looking for a concise curriculum delivered in a format that complements their active schedules, they are looking for ways to keep costs down. It is with that intent in mind that we present three business schools which offer stellar MBA in Finance degrees and notable scholarship opportunities as well:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC delivers a strong 66-credit hour MBA in Corporate Finance which not only made our list as the #18 best in the nation, but was deemed by the Princeton Review as #1 and U.S. News and World Report as #4. With an excellent accreditation and healthy graduation rate, the school scores high marks for student satisfaction. While 35% of MBA students at Kenan-Flagler benefit from scholarships, the school reports an over-all giving of $6.5 million and an average grant to the tune of $35,370 per student. Applicants to this program will want to take note of two of UNC's scholarship opportunities, the MBA@UNC Fellowships and The Impact Fellowships.
Located in sunny Malibu, California the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University features a 52-unit MBA in Finance priced at $1,670 per unit. This nationally recognized program has been awarded by the Princeton Review as the 18th best in the nation while we ranked it as the #24 best in the U.S. Students looking for a more-personal approach to education will be impressed with the Graziadio School of Business and Management stressing a holistic view of financial aid in order to accommodate students accepted into their program. The school accomplishes this through a balanced offering of merit-based scholarships and endowed scholarships. The endowed scholarships the school makes available include the Associated Women for Pepperdine Scholarship, the Thomas E, Burnett Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the John Nicks Memorial Scholarship, and the J. McDonald and Judy Williams Scholarship to name a few.
Johns Hopkins University
Rounding out our group of three exceptional scholarship-focused programs is the Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School. The 54-credit hour online MBA program offered by the business school made our list as one of the 50-best online MBAs in Finance with a strong balance between a total tuition fee of $69,660 and an average early career salary of $72,400 reported by some students upon completing this degree. As for scholarship opportunities, the Carey Business School makes many financial aid sources readily available to all students applying to the school, based on the eligibility guidelines for each aid program, available funding, and each student's own financial resources and eligibility. One remarkable financial aid resource the school offers is a Scholarship e-Bulletin Board which features often updated scholarships offered from private agencies and large corporations.