Montana State University

Special Exemptions

Honorably Discharged Veteran Fee Waiver

A veteran who meets all of the following conditions is eligible for a waiver of tuition:

  1. "Honorable" discharge ("General Under Honorable Conditions" will not be accepted) from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces for service on active duty for other than training purposes.

  2. Bona fide resident of Montana for tuition and fee purposes.

  3. At some time eligible for VA education benefits but benefits were exhausted or have expired (VEAP eligible veterans who withdrew a portion of their VEAP contribution before benefits expired are not eligible for the tuition waiver).

  4. Qualifies under one of the following:

    1. Served anytime prior to May 8, 1975. Waiver available to all otherwise qualified undergraduate and graduate students.


    2. Working on initial undergraduate degree and has been awarded an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal;


    3. Working on initial undergraduate degree and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal for service in the Persian Gulf between August 2, 1990 and April 11, 1991;


    4. Working on initial undergraduate degree and has been awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal; or served in a combat theater in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001, and received either the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Qualified recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Application for this waiver must be made through the MSU Office of Veterans' Affairs, Montana State University, P.O. Box 173960, Bozeman, MT 59717-3960 at least two weeks before fee payment for the semester in which the recipient expects to qualify. Phone 406-994-3661 for additional information.

State Benefits

The tuition is waived at any of the units of the Montana University System for children of members of the United States armed forces who served on active duty during World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts and who, at the time of entry into service, had legal residence in Montana and who were killed in action or who died as a result of injury, disease, or other disability incurred while in the service. Children who desire to study under the "War Orphans" educational law must enter any of the Montana University System institutions before the age of twenty-five to be eligible for waiver of tuition. Application for the waiver of tuition must be made, well in advance of the date of anticipated enrollment, to the Commissioner of Higher Education (2500 Broadway, Helena, Montana 59620-3101), who will determine eligibility and notify the student and the Office of Financial Aid Services of the institution.

American Indian Tuition Waiver

Persons of one-fourth American Indian blood or more who are Montana residents are eligible for a tuition waiver upon demonstration of financial need. Contact Financial Aid Services for more information.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

In state tuition may be waived for Montana citizens who are (65) sixty-five years of age or older. Submit the completed application and supporting documentation (Montana Drivers License) to Financial Aid Services for processing. A completed application is required for each semester of attendance.

Staff Members

Professional and non-professional staff employed at least three-quarter time for the entire term may, as employees of MSU, be exempt from payment of the user fees, and tuition on the first six credits. The Faculty & Staff Tuition Waiver Request form may be downloaded at . These forms are also available at Financial Aid Services. Once this form is completed and signed by the required parties, it can be submitted to Financial Aid Services for processing. A completed application is required for each semester of attendance and due by the 15th class day.

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