The Office of Financial Aid Services at Montana State University administers federal, state, and institutional aid programs designed to help eligible students pay for their educational expenses. Amounts of awards vary and depend upon the student's demonstrated and verified financial need as well as the amount of funds available for distribution.
To apply for financial aid, students and parents of dependent students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The FAFSA can be filed electronically at www.fafsa.gov, or by mailing the paper application. Paper applications can be requested from the Department of Education at: 1-800-433-3243.
To be eligible for financial aid, an individual must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and have applied for admission to the University as a degree-seeking student. Priority consideration is given to students who apply by MSU's financial aid priority filing date, which is March 1 of the preceding year (e.g., March 1, 2010 for the academic year beginning in September 2010).
Students applying for financial assistance are considered for all aid programs for which they are eligible. Assistance is offered in the form of grants, scholarships, tuition waivers, long-term loans that must be repaid after leaving school, and work opportunities. Publications describing the different programs, eligibility criteria, satisfactory progress, and application procedures are available via the Internet at www.montana.edu/wwwfa/, or at the Office of Financial Aid Services, 183 Strand Union, P.O. Box 174160, Bozeman, MT 59717-4160. Our telephone number is: (406) 994-2845.
Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply for aid. Assistance to graduate students is generally limited to long-term loans and work opportunities. Information on graduate fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships may be obtained from the Division of Graduate Education.
Although student expenses will vary according to differences in courses of study, residency status, housing arrangements, transportation costs, and other factors, the table of estimated expenses may be used to determine the projected cost of education for a school year (two semesters). In estimating costs, between-semester expenses should not be overlooked.
Please remember that policies and procedures governing financial assistance at MSU are subject to change at any time, without prior notification or publication, due to changes in university, state, and/or federal guidelines and regulations.
The Office of Financial Aid Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or as otherwise posted. Our phone lines are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The office is located in Room 183 in the Strand Union Building which is equipped with an elevator for disabled students.