Montana State University will offer a limited number of scholarships and awards to talented transfer students who apply for admission. These awards will be targeted toward Resident Transfer students who show academic promise.

Resident Transfer Scholarships Fall 2023:

Resident Transfer Scholarships are automatic, merit-based scholarships based upon GPA and ACT or SAT score. Award amounts will vary up to $3,000 (one-time). These awards will be applied toward tuition only, and are only available to students who are working on their first undergraduate degree.

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.

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

ACT Test Score


SAT Test Score

Resident Transfer Scholarship Value (One Time)

30-32   1390 - 1480 $2,500
33-36   1490 - 1600 $3,000


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

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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