Welcome to Freshman 15
Freshman 15 is not about adding 15 extra pounds during freshman year. It's about adding extra credits to your transcript at no extra cost and graduating sooner with less debt. At MSU there is no cost for additional credits after a student pays for the first 12, so taking 15 credits each semester helps students save money in the long run.
At MSU, tuition doesn't cost a penny more after you've registered for 12 credits in a semester.
That means you pay no extra tuition for taking 15 credits, 18 or even 21 credits! Montana residents will save $875 on the total cost of their education each semester they take 15 credits.
Here are some examples of how you could save:
*plus savings on additional room, board and personal expenses.
In order to finish most degrees at MSU within four years, students must take an average of 15 credits per semester to reach 120 credits to graduate. Think of it this way: By taking three extra credits per semester, you could get your minor for free.
To learn more about Freshman 15, talk with your faculty advisor or the Advising Center today.
For more information:
- MSU sees historic highs in retention and graduation rates
MSU News Service, December 5, 2018
- College is more affordable if students graduate in four years
Missoulian, June 15, 2017
- MSU students taking more classes, saving money and speeding toward graduation
MSU News Service, October 1, 2015
- President Cruzado: Helping students succeed a priority at Montana State
Bozeman Daily Chronicle, August 30, 2012