There's no getting around the fact that getting an MBA is a big investment, especially when considering time and lost wages in addition to tuition.
Start looking at the various financial aid your school offers, experts said. Reach out to admissions and financial aid to get a sense of any loans or grants you may qualify for, as well as advice.
"Start putting your finances in order early on and begin the process of identifying and understanding different funding opportunities available prior to applying," said Judi Byers, executive director of admissions and financial aid at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management.
Cornell business school student Brian Liberatore thought about his return on investment for getting an MBA.
"Look at the cost and benefits," Liberatore said. "You'll need to look not only at the financial return, but personally as well as professionally."