Please note: An application for admission, including a self-reported high school GPA, class rank (if applicable), test scores (sent from the testing company), and an MSU Premier Scholarship application are necessary to potentially qualify.

Explore our new merit scholarship calculator to see if you might qualify for a new freshman or transfer Premier Scholarship or Achievement Award.

Montana State University
will offer millions of dollars in scholarships and grants to talented Montana freshmen who enter MSU in 2020/2021 through the MSU Premier Scholarship Program. These awards will be targeted toward Montana Freshmen who show academic promise based upon ACT and/or SAT scores, grade point average and class rank (if applicable). 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.
    Be sure to include your self-reported GPA and class rank (if applicable).
  2. Have your official ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University directly from the testing company.
  3. Please complete the Montana State University Premier Scholarship Application online - 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 2019 is 2/1/20.

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 December 1, 2019 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

Montana Premier Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail.  Only recipients will be notified. Your scholarship offer will be based on your official test scores (sent from the testing agency) and the high school information you report on your application for admission. All offers are subject to final verification and review.

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, or call us Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm MT at 1-888-MSU-CATS.