Find answers to common questions below. Follow up with the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions on how to pay for classes at MSU, or have questions on any of the resources listed on this page. 

 FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. More information on how to fill out, deadlines, and resources for completing this form can be found here. The new priority filing date is December 1st (changed in the 2016-2017 aid year). 

Students must fill out their FAFSA to be considered for Tuition Waivers. 

Two tuition waivers are available exclusively for Native American students, go here for more information. 

For an extensive list of scholarships for Native American Indian students, click here

 Many Tribes requires Financial Ad Office to complete a needs analysis form for the Higher Ed awards and other types of scholarships. We are not able to complete these forms if we do not have a current FAFSA. Additionally, if a student is missing requirements such as Tribal Documentation, verification documentation of other incomplete requirements, this may impede or delay the processing of these forms. Please be aware of your Tribes' due dates so that we are able to process the Needs Analysis in a timely manner. 

Please contact the Veteran Resource Center at 406-994-3661 to get started. They will help you through the process of activating and using your VA benefits. 

Career, Internship and Student Employment Services provides opportunities for students to develop skills and strategies in defining their professional career path and pursue their interests and aspirations. We establish and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with employers and provide them continuous learners who are adaptable and skilled to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Work Study is a federal or state funded program offered to eligible students who demonstrate financial need. The money earned is intended to assist with meeting educational expenses.  If Work Study is awarded as part of a financial aid package, the student is eligible to apply for a Work Study job. The money earned through a Work Study job is paid in the form of a paycheck on an “hour’s work for an hour’s pay” basis.  These funds do not credit to the student's account.

Visit our "Employment" section on our community resources page. 

The Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid can help you sort out your FAFSA, and paying for MSU classes.

The Office of Financial Education

The Office of Financial Education serves the Montana State University community by providing financial education to students and graduates so that they gain financial independence and a means to achieve their life goals. Within the office we educate and support our students to ensure that they can manage debt, thoughtfully consider the role of both loans and savings, and develop sound budgeting skills.

Student Accounts

The Student Accounts Office assists students in meeting their financial obligation to the University.  They help students by providing timely information about students' financial accounts.  Student accounts are monitored in an attempt to provide accurate financial information.