Fall 2021

Each year, Montana State University offers millions of dollars in merit scholarships and awards to non-resident freshmen who apply for admission. Learn more about various programs and opportunities for students below.


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We know many students have been unable to take an ACT or SAT exam due to complications surrounding COVID-19. Because of this, test scores are no longer required for scholarship consideration. Please note that other academic information, including cumulative GPA, is still required. Review the requirements for programs of interest carefully to ensure you have submitted everything required for consideration.




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Achievement Awards

Available for qualifying non-resident students from all states.

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Western Undergraduate Exchange

Available for qualifying students from eligible western states.



Achievement Awards

Achievement Awards are automatic, merit-based scholarships based upon GPA. Award amounts will vary up to $40,000 (up to $10,000 per year renewable). These awards will be applied toward tuition only. All non-resident freshmen who submit an application for admission complete with self-reported high school GPA are automatically considered.

How to Apply:

1. Apply for Admission

You can apply online. Be sure to include your self-reported GPA on the High School Self Report Form.

Awards will be based on self-reported GPA (weighted or unweighted). Initial award packages will be sent to qualifying students starting in mid-November.

Apply early! These scholarships and awards may only be available for a limited time. It is essential to apply for admission as soon as possible. If you qualify, these scholarships will be automatically awarded when we have received your complete application (be sure to complete the section with self reported GPA). Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail.


Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Awards

The Western Undergraduate Exchange is a scholarship that allows eligible recipients to reduce their tuition to 150% of the Montana resident tuition rate for up to 4 years. To be considered, non-resident freshmen from WUE States* must submit an application for admission (with self-reported GPA) and submit a separate WUE scholarship application.

MSU WUE scholarships are highly competitive and require a high GPA. Due to the high value of WUE and the volume of applications, the number of WUE Awards available to new freshmen for the 2021/22 academic year will be limited, so apply early.

MSU will begin offering WUE awards to those who are eligible in late fall/early winter. WUE is not stackable with Achievement Awards or Distinction Scholarships and we will award you the scholarship of greater value. Please note, only recipients of awards will be notified.

*WUE States include: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY and CNMI.

Application form coming soon - check back for more information.



If you are awarded a renewable Achievement, WUE or Distinction Award, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, enroll for a minimum of 15 credits a semester, and maintain non-resident status and continuous enrollment to retain the award throughout your four years at MSU.  MSU freshman scholarships and awards are available to those seeking undergraduate bachelor degree programs only.

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Presidential Scholarship

Discover MSU's most prestigious academic scholarship, offered by the Honors College.

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Cost of Attendance

Check out Montana State University's estimated cost of attendance. including tuition, fees, housing, and more.


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Office of Financial Aid

Explore programs offered by Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Scholarship Deferment

Please be aware that MSU new student Premier, Achievement Award, Distinction and WUE scholarships are not deferrable and will be awarded to you for a specific start term that matches the start term on your application for admission. Scholarship parameters change every year.

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.