Cost to Attend Montana State University
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|Tuition & Fees, AY 2020-2021|
|Undergraduate Programs (based on 12+ credits)||~$28,264.00|
|Graduate Programs (based on 9 credits)||~$22,390.00|
|Gallatin College (based on 12+ credits)||~$13,584.00|
Click here for more tuition & fees information: http://catalog.montana.edu/expenses/
|Health Insurance (Aug 1-July 31)||
*Health Insurance is mandatory but can be purchased by the student separately. Students must provide proof of health insurance and MSU health insurance will be waived. Visit University Health Partner's web page about Student Insurance for more information.
|On-campus shared room, with meals (9-month school year)*||Approximately $10,400.00+/year|
|On-campus single room, with meals (9-month school year)*||Approximately $10,800.00+/year|
|On-campus apartment (for graduate students, no meals included)||Approximately $601-922/month|
|Off-campus apartment**||Cost Varies
For more information about housing rates per semester, please visit the Residence Life Rates Website.
*includes 5 or 7 Day Meal Plan
**Please see options and costs for off-campus housing at the MSU Off-Campus Housing Marketplace Website.
|Total Costs That Will Appear on I-20 or DS-2019|
|Undergraduate Programs (all)||$38,664.00|
|Graduate Programs (all)||$32,790.00|
*For Gallatin College Applicants ONLY: Please check with International Admissions to ensure the program you plan to attend is available to International Students.
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Required Documents for Financial Capability
Undergraduate Students Only
Graduate Students Only
Gallatin College Students Only
All Admitted Students
All students with non-immigrant visas (F-1 or J-1) must provide the following for MSU to issue either the I-20 or DS-2019 to students:
1. Copy of valid passport name/photo page (and any dependent(s))
2. Completed copy of the International Financial Certificate
- The Financial Certificate guarantees the required minimum funds, in U.S. dollars, will be available to the student during the first academic year. Applicants must also plan to meet expenses for subsequent years of study.
- A Financial Certificate is required for each sponsor.
3. Evidence of financial support in the form of a letter, certificate(s), or statement(s) from a bank or lending institution; scholarships/assistantships*
- If providing letter, certificate, or statement from a bank or lending institution,
the statement MUST
- Show an account balance of at least $38,664 for undergraduate students and $32,790 for graduate students
- Be dated within one year of the program start date.
- Be printed on the financial institution’s official letterhead
- State the financial institution’s name (and branch)
- Indicate the account holder’s name
- Clearly show the account type, account balance, and currency
- Have a statement from the bank or lending institution showing that these assets can be converted to cash or withdrawn easily when this is not evident by the statement or the account type
- *ONLY for students offered scholarship/assistantship: You can deduct the amount you are awarded from the minimum amount we require for the bank statement
While the documents listed above are not required for an admission decision, the I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) forms cannot be issued until the Financial Certificate, Proof of Funds, and a color copy of a valid passport are received. These documents must be originals with original signatures and seals. Additional documents may be requested as necessary.