Resident Fall 2016 Freshman Scholarships


Montana State University will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and grants to talented Montana freshmen who apply for admission for the fall of 2016. Many scholarships will be awarded through the new MSU Premier Scholarship Program. These awards will be targeted toward Montana Freshmen who show academic promise based upon ACT and/or SAT scores and grade point average. Financial need, leadership experience, activities and honors may also be considered. These awards will be applied toward tuition only.

To be eligible, you must complete the following as soon as possible:

  1. Apply for admission to Montana State University. You can apply online at
  2. Have your official ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University directly from the testing company.
  3. Print, complete and mail the Montana Premier Scholarship application to:
    MSU Admissions
    P.O. Box 172190
    Bozeman, MT 59717-2190
    You can find the application at


    NEW - Online Montana Premier Scholarship Application - Fill out and submit the application online.

Apply early! We strive to provide awards to qualified applicants, however, resources are limited. These scholarships will only be available for a limited time. Due to limited funds, the deadline for this program for fall 2016 was 2/1/16.


Montana Premier Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail.

MSU Premier Scholarships will be based upon ACT composite scores and/or total SAT scores (Math, Critical Reading and Writing). MSU will always take the highest score, whether it be ACT or SAT, that is sent from the official testing company.

Due to the College Board implementing a new SAT test on March 5, 2016, MSU will NOT accept SAT scores for fall 2016 scholarship purposes from tests taken AFTER January 23, 2016. Students may still take ACT tests throughout the spring of 2016 if they hope to increase their Premier Scholarship Award.

For information on MSU’s Presidential Scholarship which provides annual tuition waivers and generous stipends for four years visit The application deadline is December 4, 2015.

Students may also be eligible for admission to the University Honors College ( We encourage you to consider applying to this excellent academic College. For an application form click here.

All Premier Scholarships are designated for tuition only. If you are awarded a renewable Premier Scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, enroll for a minimum of 15 credits per semester, and maintain resident status and continuous enrollment to retain the scholarship throughout your four years at MSU.  MSU freshman scholarships and awards are available to those seeking undergraduate bachelor degree programs only.

MSU aims to make a college education affordable. Be sure to file your FAFSA by March 1, 2016 to apply for federal and state grants, work-study, and student and parent loans, so that we can best meet your financial needs. Need and non-need based aid programs are available. Filing the FAFSA by this date will give you priority consideration for all financial assistance programs at Montana State University. Our MSU school code is 002532. The FAFSA is available online at

As a condition of acceptance for any freshmen award, students must submit a Residence Hall Application as soon as possible. Students who have not already applied for housing, may download a housing application from the Residence Hall website at: Exceptions to this rule may be made by contacting the Office of Residence Life.