Student Perspectives:

Erik Holmlin

"During the program I would come back to the office on Monday after a weekend of classes and start applying new concepts right away."

Erik Holmlin, MBA 2006
Chief Commercial Officer, Exiqon A/S

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Fees & Financial Aid

Fees for students entering in May 2011 are $157,440. Fees cover tuition, books, accommodations and most meals during residence periods and the International Seminar (with the exception of meals). Airfare is not included. Participants and/or their firms are billed in installments.

If you are planning to finance any part of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, please read the following information to determine your financial aid options. If you are entirely self-sponsored, you can borrow the entire cost of the education through student loans.

Student Loans

Many Executive MBA students use student loans to finance the costs associated with the program. Domestic students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) are eligible to be considered for the Federal Direct loan as well as the Federal Graduate PLUS and private loans. International students are eligible to apply for private loans. Please check with the Financial Aid office at Columbia Business School for more information.

Alternate Financing

Alternate financing can come in the form of Home Equity Loans, Mortgage Re-Financing and a number of other options. If you own a home you may be able to approach your lender of choice and take out a home equity loan or refinance your mortgage. If this is an option that appeals to you, speak with bank representatives for more information.

Independent Scholarships

Due to the nature of the Berkeley-Columbia Program, there are no scholarships or grants offered directly through Columbia University or the Haas School of Business. There are other sources, however, such as the free online scholarships search at

International Students

If you are an International Student you may find assistance through the Institution of International Education at

Steps in the Financial Aid Process

  • If you plan on applying for financial aid, the first step is to complete the Financial Sponsorship page in the online application. Make sure to indicate that you intend to apply for Financial Aid assistance in funding the program.
  • While applying for admission to the program, the only step you can complete is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at You should use the Title IV school code for Columbia Business School (002707) and make sure to e-sign the application with your PIN code. Additional forms and loan applications will be necessary after you are admitted into the program.


If you have questions about loan processing, please contact:

Financial Aid Office
Columbia Business School

If you have questions about billing or payment, please contact:

Columbia EMBA Programs
(212) 854-2211

Please Note: The Haas School of Business is not involved in the financial aid process for the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program

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