Getting Started
Resident Programs
Nonresident Programs
Additional Resources

 


Blue color tile 4 Simple Steps to Get Started

Please note: these steps do not have to be completed in this order. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

 

Apply for Admission

Apply online here.

Please allow up to two weeks for our office to process your application.

Get an FSA ID

You and your parent(s) will each need an ID to complete the FAFSA and access other important features of federal student aid. Visit fsaid.ed.gov.

 

Fill out the FAFSA

Complete the application at fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to list Montana State University-Bozeman as a recipient. Our school code is 002532.

Apply for Scholarships

Be sure to take the ACT and/or SAT to receive the best possible scholarship consideration from Montana State University.


Financial Solutions

Resources to help students finance their education and pursue their career aspirations are listed below.

Red color tile Resident Programs

1. Financial Assistance

Federal & State Assistance

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019/2020 will be available starting October 1, 2018. Priority consideration is given to those that applied by December 1, 2018, although the application can be completed any time before June 30, 2019.

Go to fafsa.ed.gov. Visit MSU's Financial Aid website for a full listing of assistance programs.

2. Scholarships

Montana Resident Freshmen

New Montana students are encouraged to apply for the MSU Premier Scholarship. Awards range up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year renewable) for fall 2019. In 2017, 44 percent of entering Montana freshmen received a Premier Scholarship.

Access the Premier Scholarship here.

See a full list of scholarships at MSU here.

 

3. Student Employment

Work study, internship and employment opportunities help make MSU more affordable for many students. Students can search for a campus job during Orientation, and each fall an on-campus job fair helps students find convenient employment options.

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4. Payment Plan

An interest-free, low-fee tuition payment plan is offered through the Student Accounts Office to assist with bill payments.

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In-State Advantage

At MSU you can take advantage of in-state tuition while still getting a top-tier education. As a Montana resident, you'll pay less for tuition if you stay here, rather than going out-of-state. Money Magazine lists Montana as the 5th best state in the nation to get a low-cost college education using in-state tuition, and ranks MSU the top university in Montana for your money.

 

Fiscally Savvy

MSU's Office of Financial Education offers free one-on-one appointments with financial education coaches to help students establish solid financial habits and make smart decisions. Coaches can discuss savings, budgeting, credit and loans, and they can also direct students to a wealth of resources to help them achieve financial independence.

 

Next Steps

Schedule a Visit
Go to our visit page to arrange a personalized campus visit, including campus and residence hall tours, class visits, and meetings with professors.

Apply for Housing
Visit our housing website to select your housing preferences.

 
Gold color tile Non-Resident Programs

1. Financial Assistance

Federal & State Assistance

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019/2020 will be available starting October 1, 2018. Priority consideration is given to those that applied by December 1, 2018, although the application can be completed any time before June 30, 2019.

Go to fafsa.ed.gov. Visit MSU's Financial Aid website for a full listing of assistance programs.

2. Scholarships

Nonresident Freshmen

New nonresident students may be eligible for MSU Achievement Awards based on ACT and/or SAT scores. Awards range up to $60,000 ($15,000 per year renewable) for fall 2019. To be eligible, students must apply for admission (be sure to include high school GPA and rank if applicable) and send ACT/SAT scores from the testing company.

View nonresident scholarships here.

See a full list of scholarships at MSU here.

 

3. Student Employment

Work study, internship and employment opportunities help make MSU more affordable for many students. Students can search for a campus job during orientation, and each fall an on-campus job fair helps students find convenient employment options.

More info >>

4. Payment Plan

An interest-free, low-fee tuition payment plan is offered through the Student Accounts Office to assist with bill payments.

More info >>

 

A Good Value

At MSU, you'll invest in a career that pays dividends. U.S. News and World Report calls MSU a top tier institution of higher learning, and the university has been recognized for our high research activity. An MSU education is a good investment from the first day of class until retirement.

 

Fiscally Savvy

MSU's Office of Financial Education offers free one-on-one appointments with financial education coaches to help students establish solid financial habits and make smart decisions. Coaches can discuss savings, budgeting, credit and loans, and they can also direct students to a wealth of resources to help them achieve financial independence.

 

Next Steps

Schedule a Visit
Go to our visit page to arrange a personalized campus visit, including campus and residence hall tours, class visits, and meetings with professors.

Apply for Housing
Visit our housing website to select your housing preferences.


Green color tile Additional Resources

MSU Office of Financial Aid

Phone: 406-994-285
Email: finaid@montana.edu

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid

 

Service Members and Veteran Benefits

Phone: 406-994-3661
Email: vets@montana.edu

Learn more >>

Native American Student Financial Aid

 

 


Questions? We're here to help.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us! You can email our staff at admissions@montana.edu, or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.