Estimated Expenses

Tuition & Fees, AY 2024-2025
Undergraduate Programs (based on 12+ credits) ~$33,287.00                                     
Graduate Programs (based on 9 credits) ~$26,370.00
Gallatin College (based on 12+ credits) ~$15,942.00

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Health Insurance
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 $13,446.00+/year
On-campus single room, with meals (9-month school year)* Approximately $13,946.00+/year
On-campus apartment (for graduate students, with commuter meal plan)** Approximately $11,743.00+/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

**For more information about commuter meal plans, please visit Montana State University Meal Plans.

***Please see options and costs for off-campus housing at the MSU Off-Campus Housing Marketplace Website.

Course Materials
Undergraduate Programs Approximately $1,450.00
Graduate Programs Approximately $1,128.00
Gallatin College                                                   Approximately $1,088.00


Miscellaneous Expenses
Undergraduate Programs Approximately $3,692.00
Graduate Programs Approximately $3,692.00
Gallatin College                                                   Approximately $3,692.00

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Total Costs That Will Appear on I-20 or DS-2019*
Undergraduate Programs (all) $51,875.00                  
Graduate Programs (all) $42,933.00
Gallatin College** $34,168.00

*These costs do not include the price of health insurance. A variety of health insurance plans are available and costs may vary greatly. For information about available health insurance plans please visit International Student Health Insurance.

 **For Gallatin College Applicants ONLY: Please check with International Admissions to ensure the program you plan to attend is available to International Students.

To determine costs in foreign currency, please use this Currency Exchange Converter

Required Documents for Financial Capability

Undergraduate Students Only

International Undergraduate Student Financial Certificate

Graduate Students Only

International Graduate Student Financial Certificate

Gallatin College Students Only

International Gallatin College Student Financial Certificate

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 $51,875 for undergraduate students and $42,933 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.