Non-Resident Freshmen Scholarships
Each year, Montana State University offers millions of dollars in merit scholarships and awards to non-resident freshmen who apply for admission. Learn more about various programs and opportunities for students below.
Test OptionalTest scores are no longer required for admission or scholarship consideration at Montana State University for the foreseeable future. Please note that other academic information, including a self-reported cumulative GPA, is still required. Students can still submit ACT/SAT scores for math and writing placement purposes.
WUE is not stackable with Achievement Awards. Students will receive the award of greatest value, which is WUE. Please note, only recipients of awards will be notified. WUE recipients will automatically have their Achievement Award replaced.
Achievement Awards are automatic, merit-based scholarships based upon GPA. Award amounts will vary up to $40,000 (up to $10,000 per year renewable). These awards will be applied toward tuition only. All non-resident freshmen who submit an application for admission complete with self-reported high school GPA are automatically considered.
How to Apply:
1. Apply for Admission
You can apply online. Be sure to include your self-reported GPA on the High School Self Report Form.
Awards will be based on self-reported GPA (weighted or unweighted). Initial award packages will be sent to qualifying students starting in mid-November.
Apply early! These scholarships and awards may only be available for a limited time. It is essential to apply for admission as soon as possible. If you qualify, these scholarships will be automatically awarded when we have received your complete application (be sure to complete the section with self reported GPA). Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail.
MSU is excited to announce the Blue & Gold Scholarship Application for fall 2022 students. This application will give students an opportunity to apply for additional scholarship funding in addition to their Achievement Award. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is April 15th, 2022.
Complete and submit the Blue & Gold Scholarship application within the MyInfo Admission Checklist under the scholarship section. If you are a first time user or need help logging into MyInfo please see our MyInfo Checklist instructions. Your student ID is provided to you in your admit or acknowledgement letter or email. If you need your Student ID please email your admissions evaluator.
Notification for Blue & Gold Scholarship awards will begin going out in March, 2022. Only students that are awarded a Blue & Gold Scholarship will be notified.
MSU will be offering a limited number of Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarships to new freshmen enrolling in the fall of 2022. Students from eligible WUE states* that submitted the Blue & Gold Scholarship Application by January 1st, 2022 will automatically be considered for WUE.
The final value for WUE at this time has not been finalized. WUE will equal 1.5 times the in-state tuition rate which will not be determined until May at the Montana Board of Regents meeting. All recipients will be notified as soon as that value is available via email and updated on this site. WUE will be a greater value than any Achievement Award previously offered.
The deadline for WUE scholarship consideration has passed. The Blue & Gold Scholarship application will remain open until April 15th, 2022, and students are encouraged to submit the application in order to be considered for additional scholarship funding.
Notification for WUE awards will go out in February, 2022. Only students that are awarded WUE will be notified. Any student that does not receive WUE will automatically be considered for a Blue & Gold Scholarship.
WUE is not stackable with Achievement Awards and we will award you the scholarship of greater value. Please note, only recipients of awards will be notified.
*WUE States include: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY and CNMI.
**The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship is MSU's second highest-value award, therefore making it among the most competitive at Montana State University. Due to the high-value of the WUE Scholarship, MSU has limited spots available for WUE students. To help consider students for additional scholarship funding, all incoming first-year students are encouraged to complete the Blue & Gold Scholarship Application to be eligible for additional funding that would be added to their existing Achievement Award.
Complete and submit the Blue & Gold/WUE Scholarship application within the MyInfo Admission Checklist under the scholarship section. If you are a first time user or need help logging into MyInfo please see our MyInfo Checklist instructions. Your student ID is provided to you in your admit or acknowledgement letter or email. If you need your Student ID please email your admissions evaluator.
Please note: the Blue & Gold Scholarship Application includes consideration for the WUE scholarship if you are from a qualifying state. The Blue & Gold and WUE Scholarship Applications will be available on your MyInfo account
If you are awarded a renewable Achievement or WUE Award you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, enroll for a minimum of 15 credits a semester, and maintain non-resident status and continuous enrollment to retain the award throughout your four years at MSU. MSU freshman scholarships and awards are available to those seeking undergraduate bachelor degree programs only.