Montana State University
will offer a limited number of scholarships and awards to talented transfer students who apply for admission. Many scholarships will be awarded through the MSU Premier Scholarship Program. These awards will be targeted toward Resident Transfer students who show academic promise based upon ACT and/or SAT scores and transfer grade point average.

Due to limited funding, resident transfer scholarships are highly competitive.  Students must have 30 ACT/1390 SAT or higher AND 3.0 or higher cumulative transferable GPA to be competitive. 

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

These awards will be applied toward tuition only, and are only available to students who are working on their first undergraduate degree.

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

  1. Apply for admission to Montana State University.
  2. Have official transcripts of all college-level work you have completed sent to MSU.
  3. Have your official ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University directly from the testing company.
  4. Sending SAT scores
  5.  Complete the online Montana Premier Scholarship application

Apply early! We strive to provide awards to qualified applicants. However, resources are limited. These scholarships will only be available for a limited time. The priority deadline is February 1, 2019 for the fall semester! Apply early, funds may be limited.

If you are awarded a new resident student Transfer Scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, enroll for a minimum of 15 credits a semester, and maintain resident status and continuous enrollment to retain the award.  MSU transfer 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, 2018 to be considered for federal 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 www.fafsa.gov.

MSU Transfer Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail. Only recipients will be notified.


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.