Cost to Attend MSU


As a public land-grant university, Montana State University is able to offer high quality education at a very affordable price.

Estimated tuition and fees for Academic Year 2016-2017

(Fees are determined by the Montana Board of Regents and are subject to change)

Tuition & Fees (by level)
Undergraduate Programs (all) US$23,190
Graduate Programs (all) US$16,200

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Health Insurance

Health Insurance
Health Insurance* US$2,918.50

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*Health Insurance is mandatory but can be purchased by the student separately. Students must bring proof of health insurance and MSU health insurance will be waived.


On-campus shared room (9-month school year)* US$8,824-9,514/year
On-campus single room (9-month school year)* US$9,266-9,968/year
On-campus apartment (for graduate students) - no meals US$516-792/month
Off-campus apartment US$500-1000/month

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*includes 5 or 7 Day Meal Plan

Recommended Allowances

(not billed by the university and not printed on the I-20 or DS-2019)

We recommend that you budget at least $1,100 per year for books & supplies; and $1,000-$3,000 per year for incidental/personal expenses.

Total costs that will appear on I-20's or DS-2019's
Undergraduate Programs (all) US$31,500
Graduate Programs (all) US$30,000
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Financial Capability

All students with non-immigrant visas (F-1 or J-1) must provide certification of financial support for the time period that they will be enrolled at Montana State University. The Financial Certificate guarantees that the required minimum funds, in U.S. dollars, will be available to the student during the academic year. Applicants must also plan to meet expenses for subsequent years of study.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Undergraduate Applicants: International Undergraduate Student Financial Certificate.
  2. Graduate Applicants: International Graduate Student Financial Certificate
  3. All applicants: A bank statement verifying that the necessary funds are available or a letter from a sponsor.

Both of the above documents must be originals with original signatures and seals. Photocopies and faxed copies are not acceptable.

While financial documentation is not required for an admission decision, the I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) forms cannot be issued until both the Financial Certificate and Bank Statement are received.


last updated: May 3, 2016