*Important Notice* The following information details scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Keep an eye out for updated information for the 2022-2023 academic year as it becomes available this fall.

Fall 2021

Each year, Montana State University offers millions of dollars in scholarship and financial aid to talented Montana freshmen who apply for admission. Learn more about various programs and opportunities for students below.


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Test 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.


If you have taken or are planning to take the ACT/SAT, we invite you to send your test scores to us as they will be utilized for placement into your appropriate math and writing courses, but they will not be required.



Montana Premier Scholarship Program

Many scholarships will be awarded through the MSU Premier Scholarship program. These awards will be targeted toward Montana freshmen who demostrate academic promise based upon academic performance. Leadership experience, activities, honors, and financial need may also be considered.

Awards will vary from $1,000 one-time to $3,000 renewable. Specific criteria is currently under evaluation; please complete and submit the application below for consideration.

Please note that test scores are not required for consideration. However, students are encouraged to send us their ACT and/or SAT scores for academic placement.

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.

2. Submit the Premier Scholarship Application

Complete and submit the Montana Premier Scholarship application at the link below.

Apply early! We strive to provide awards to qualified applications; however, resources are limited.

The priority deadline is February 1, 2021.


All Premier Scholarships are designated for tuition only. Students awarded renewable Premier Scholarships must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, enroll for a minimum of 15 credits per semester, and maintain resident status and continuous enrollment to retain the scholarship throughout their four years at MSU. MSU freshman scholarships and awards are available to those seeking undergraduate bachelor degree programs only.

Have more questions about scholarships and financial aid? Check out our recorded Paying for School Webinar that was hosted on October 28th. This presentation covers merit-based aid, need-based aid, resources to help make college affordable, and more.




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