As a state, public university, MSU is able to offer top-quality education at a very affordable price.

Estimated tuition and fees for Academic Year 2015-2016

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

Tuition & Fees by level
Undergraduate Programs (all) US$22,500
Graduate Programs (all) US$18,000

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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$8,562-$8,942 / year
On-campus single room (9-month school year)* US$8,988-$9,382 / year
On-campus apartment (for graduate students) - no meals US$335-590/month
Off-campus apartment US$500-800/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's / DS-2019's)

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 / 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 an admission decision can be made without the financial documentation, the I-20 (F-1)or DS-2019 (J-1) forms cannot be issued until both the Financial Form and Bank Statement are received.


last updated: September 14, 2015