Tuition & Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid provides students with the financial services and advice that will help them best meet the educational expenses necessary to achieve their career goal of becoming outstanding Doctors of Optometry.

Like most students in the process of investigating various colleges and the programs they have to offer, you are undoubtedly becoming aware of the high cost of graduate education at a private college. You may be wondering how you will be able to afford these educational expenses.

You should not be discouraged as over 80 percent of all students at MBKU use some form of financial assistance. These are grants and scholarships, low-interest loans, high-interest loans, and work-study opportunities. These programs are described in detail in the MBKU Catalog and the Financial Assistance Programs chart.

When comparing the cost of a private versus a public institution you should consider the quality of education that you will be receiving for your hard-earned dollars. Through careful planning and assistance from the MBKU Financial Aid Office, your future goals can be realized.

For detailed information on the financial aid available at MBKU, download a PDF of the MBKU Financial Aid Booklet.

How Financial Need is Determined

When you apply for financial aid, your FAFSA form is analyzed, along with supporting data you have submitted to determine the amount you and your family could contribute toward your educational expenses. Factors taken into consideration include income, number of family members, number of family members in college, and assets.

The MBKU Standard Budget includes tuition, fees, books, and supplies, plus a modest budget for living expenses. This budget, minus your expected family contribution and all outside resources, will equal your calculated "need."

How to Apply and Deadline Dates

Financial Aid forms are available in February with a late April deadline date to submit financial aid forms.

MBKU requires only student data on the FAFSA form. You should use actual income tax data, not estimated. You can go to the web site at to file your FAFSA electronically or obtain a PIN number or FSA ID.

WICHE and Contract Students

The University is a participant in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Student Exchange Program. Applicants from the participating states (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming), are encouraged to contact the Certifying Officer in their home state for information on applying for certification. In most cases, the deadline for certification application is October 15, of the year preceding admission; however, some state deadlines and requirements may vary. For more information or questions, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Students certified and funded by a state contract will pay the regular tuition less the amount of the actual contract.

Certified WICHE students admitted to MBKU are expected to comply fully with all of the requirements of the state providing his/her contractual support. If a student decides not to adhere to all of his/her state's contractual requirements in effect at the time of admittance, then the student becomes liable for all normal tuition charges. Should a state legislature discontinue or modify the terms of a contract or their state's participation in the WICHE program, the University will hold the student responsible for the cost of his/her education, equivalent to the charges paid by other students. For more information about WICHE, go to

WICHE students obtaining military or other federal scholarships are required to reimburse WICHE.

How to Contact Us

Financial Aid Staff: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MBKU Code Numbers:   Title IV Code for FAFSA - 001230
CSS Profile Code - 4392
Address: Marshall B. Ketchum University
ATTN: Financial Aid Office
2575 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831-1699