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# B-School Application Fees

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17 Apr 2012, 19:55
Have looked at a lot of the different B-schools and the different application processes. Does any know of or has there been a posting already regarding the application fees of each of the top 40 or 50 B-schools? It varies drastically across different schools and I have seen that some schools waive the application fees for various reasons. If there is a comprehensive guide to the application fees somewhere here, that would be much appreciated.
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17 Apr 2012, 20:04
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I believe this list does not exist. Although having a comprehensive list of all the schools and their respective application fees could be helpful, I would advise against deciding to apply to particular schools just because their fees are more affordable. The MBA experience is too significant of a financial/personal/professional investment for a measly $0-$300 application fee to dictate where you end up applying.

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18 Apr 2012, 08:35
threestripes wrote:
I believe this list does not exist. Although having a comprehensive list of all the schools and their respective application fees could be helpful, I would advise against deciding to apply to particular schools just because their fees are more affordable. The MBA experience is too significant of a financial/personal/professional investment for a measly $0-$300 application fee to dictate where you end up applying.

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If an application fee is an issue then you need to seriously consider whether you can finance the study even with the full scholarship. The nexs step in the process will be paying the deposit fee ranging USD 2-8 k and a mirriad of small but related expenses (background check, DHLing of documents etc)
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18 Apr 2012, 08:47
compared to total cost of MBA plus opportunity cost the application fees add up to less than 1% of your costs. You might be missing out in possible scholarship opportunities from schools that you would have applied to that would have covered the cost of the application and more.
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18 Apr 2012, 17:22
Some schools will give you an application fee waiver or discount if you go to an information session. Even top 10 schools may do this well.
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19 Apr 2012, 10:47
Most schools are between $200-300...in my experience the vast majority are$250. I'm sure tcepicnightwithgmat wasn't saying that his/her application strategy would be based on which schools have less expensive app fees; in fact I do think it's prudent to start thinking about the app fees ahead of time so that you can budget accordingly. Yes $250 is nothing in the grand scheme of the cost of a full-time MBA, but it is enough of a cost that most people will not haphazardly apply to a school and throw that$\$ out the window unless they would really like to attend if admitted.
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