Montana State University offers a limited number of scholarships and awards to transfer students who apply for admission. These awards are only available to students who are working on their first undergraduate degree.  

Non-Resident Transfer Scholarships Fall 2023:

Non-Resident Transfer Scholarships are automatic, merit-based scholarships based upon GPA and ACT or SAT score. Award amounts will vary up to $15,000 (one-time).

To be eligible, you must complete the following as soon as possible:

  1. Apply for admission to Montana State University.
  2. Have official transcripts of all college-level work you have completed sent to MSU.
  3. Have your official ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University directly from the testing company.

It is essential to apply for admission, have transcripts and your ACT and/or SAT test scores sent to Montana State University as soon as possible. These scholarships and awards may only be available for a limited time.

These awards will be applied toward tuition only.

To receive a scholarship, you must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA AND meet the following test score requirements:

ACT Test Score


SAT Test Score

Non-Resident Transfer Scholarship Value (One Time)

23   1130 - 1150 $2,000
24   1160 - 1190 $2,500
25   1200 - 1230 $3,500
26   1240 - 1270 $4,500
1280 - 1300
1310 - 1340
1350 - 1380
1390 - 1410
1420 - 1440
1450 - 1480
1490 - 1510
1520 - 1600


MSU aims to make a college education affordable. The FAFSA priority deadline was December 1, 2022 but we encourage all students to still apply in order to be considered for federal grants, work-study, and student and parent loans, so that we can best meet your financial needs. Need and non-need based aid programs are available. Filing the FAFSA will give you consideration for all financial assistance programs at Montana State University. Our MSU school code is 002532. The FAFSA is available online at

*MSU will begin to award Non-Resident transfer scholarships in Spring 2023.


Please note that non-resident transfer students are not eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarship program.

Scholarship Deferment

Please be aware that MSU new student Premier, Achievement Award, Distinction and WUE scholarships are not deferrable and will be awarded to you for a specific start term that matches the start term on your application for admission. Scholarship parameters change every year.


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