You will receive your first CatCard after arrival to campus your first semseter. To be issued a CatCard, please bring a valid government-issued photo ID with you to the CatCard Service Window (main level of Miller Dining Commons in the Hedges Complex). A CatCard cannot be issued without identity verification. You may upload your own photo or have your photo taken at the CatCard Service Window.
New undergraduate or graduate students will be charged a $20.00 fee on their first semester tuition statement.
The same undergraduate, or graduate, CatCard is used during your entire stay as an MSU undergraduate, or graduate, student.
A $20.00 replacement fee will be charged at time of printing for all lost, stolen, or damaged cards.
Visiting Students & Research Scholars:
To be issued a CatCard, please bring a letter from your sponsoring department stating your name, GID number, and status/relationship with MSU along with a valid government-issued photo ID. A CatCard cannot be issued without identity verification. You may upload your own photo or have your photo taken at the CatCard Service Window.
NOTE: Only individuals who have a completed Courtesy Affiliate form on file with MSU and have a valid GID number will be issued a CatCard.
The CatCard is your identification card for Montana State University-Bozeman. The CatCard is used as your meal card, library card and laundry card. Your CatCard can also get you in to residence halls and academic buildings after-hours, student activities, the Rec. Sports & Fitness Center, computer and math labs, student health service and much more. The locations page lists all of the places where you can use your CatCard.
Students living on campus can use their CatCards to gain entrance to the residence halls. Also, the laundry machines in residence halls only use the CatCard. You must have money (CatCash) deposited on to your CatCard in order to use the laundry machines - coins are not accepted. Laundry costs $2.00/load for washers and $2.00/load for dryers.
Both dining halls on campus use the CatCard to gain entrance. For more information about the dining halls and meal plans, visit the MSU Culinary Services website.
Student Ticket Info
MSU students taking at least 7 credits or more receive one free ticket to all MSU games. All student tickets are paperless. Football game tickets must be downloaded to the student's CatCard via msustudenttickets.com. For all other games, students just need a valid CatCard to gain entrance to the game. For more information on tickets please visit msubobcats.com or call 406-994-CATS. Graduate students, students taking less than 7 credits, and students attending Gallatin College may need to pay an additional fee to be eligible for student tickets. Please go to the MSU Student Accounts Office in Montana Hall to pay this fee.
Student Printing Funds (Student Computer Labs, Residence Halls, & Library)
As a registered student, you will receive $7.50 per semester via your CatCard for printing. The printing money is only good on printers, not photocopies. Once this money is depleted you can deposit money onto your CatCard to continue printing.
Your CatCard is your library card. A CatCard is required and must be presented at the Library Service Desk in order to checkout materials and technologies. More details here.
Recreational Sports and Fitness Center
The Rec. Sports and Fitness Center uses either the CatCard to gain entrance to the center. Gym privileges are not available until all fees are paid and attendance is confirmed. Graduate students, students taking less than 7 credits, and students attending Gallatin College may need to pay an additional fee for gym access. Student Accounts Please go to the MSU Office in Montana Hall to pay this fee.