Grants = Free Money!
Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and do not have to be repaid. Grants are available only to those students seeking their first undergraduate degree. The following grants are available through the Montana State University's Office of Financial Aid Services, all of which are awarded based on the data submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Because some grant funds are limited, we encourage students to submit their FAFSA each year by the priority filing date of March 1st.
Federal Pell Grant:
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data and subsequent Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number determines eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant. The amount of the award is based on the EFC and is prorated for those attending less than full-time (less than 12 credits). Summer Pell Grants may be available to students enrolling in summer session. Please submit a Summer Supplemental Application to be evaluated for eligibility.
Students are limited to 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent) of Pell Grant eligibility.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG):
SEOG funds are available to a limited number of students who demonstrate exceptional financial need based on their EFC. Students must be Pell-eligible to receive a SEOG. Because funds are limited, students who submit their FAFSA by the priority filing date of March 1st have a greater chance of being considered for a SEOG.
Baker Grant (MTAP):
The Baker Grant (MTAP) is available to Montana residents. The award is based on the EFC, as well as the student's earnings as reported on the FAFSA. Funds are limited, so early FAFSA filing is encouraged.
Montana Higher Education Grant (MTHEG):
MTHEG funds are available to Montana residents who demonstrate exceptional financial need as established by the FAFSA. Funds are limited, so early FAFSA filing is encouraged.