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Getting Started as a Student

Please visit our home page for student resources.

Family Support

The Human Resource Development Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to building a better community through innovation and leadership. They provide programs and services in the areas of Housing, Food & Nutrition, Child & Youth Development, Senior Empowerment, Community Transportation, Home Heating–Energy–Safety, and Community Development.

DPHHS Children & Families Programs
The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services has many programs available for Montana's families and children. The link above list services for assistance programs, family services, child welfare, pregnancy resources, youth care, and more. 

Child Care & Education

ASMSU Day Care Center: The ASMSU Day Care provides child care and educational activities for preschoolers ages 2½ to 6 years old. Children do not have to be toilet trained. Open to children of MSU students, staff and faculty. School is in session Monday through Friday 7:45a.m. to 5:15p.m. on the days MSU classes are in session. We are open during summer session. Half days and whole days are available.

Child Care Connections
(406) 587-7786
Child Care Connections advocates for the well-being and quality care of children by supporting early childhood professionals, families and the communities we serve. Offers services such as Best Beginnings scholarships for families struggling with high child care costs, safety programs, and more.

Family Connections Montana State University
(406) 761-6010
Family Connections Montana helps families find quality child care options in their community.

Bozeman Public Schools
(406) 522-000
The community of Bozeman has seven K-5 elementary schools, two 6-8 middle schools, and one 9-12 high school. For a list of schools and contact information visit this website: https://www.bsd7.org/schools.

(406) 587-3840
Thrive is a community-based organization that provides a variety of programs to help support children and families in the Bozeman area. Programs include Parent Place, Child Advancement Project, Parent Liaison, Girls for Change, and Partnership Project to Strengthen Families.

Hopa Mountain
(406) 586-2455
Hopa Mountain is a Bozeman-based nonprofit organization that administers the Indigenous Scholars of Promise program and occasionally offers fellowships for Native American undergraduate students majoring in the geosciences or working in nonprofits.

Montana School Nutrition ProgramsThe School Nutrition Programs unit administers school-based child nutrition programs throughout Montana on behalf of the Office of Public Instruction's Health Enhancement and Safety Division.


Community Cafe: Come enjoy a delicious meal with your friends and family at the Community Cafe. By eating with us, you can help feed a neighbor in need. Just pay the full amount of the suggested price for your meal, plus a little extra to “pay it forward.” If everyone does a little it will help a lot. What you give is more than just a meal: You give hope, opportunity & community.

Gallatin Valley Food Bank: The food resource center for Gallatin County. 

MSU Student Meal Plans: MSU's offering of student meal plans. 

SNAPprovides benefits to eligible families to supplement their food budget and increase their ability to purchase healthy foods. 

Finding Employment

Career, Internship, Student Employment OfficeThe Career, Internship, Student Employment Office helps students connect with job opportunities both on and off campus. This office also host career fairs, workshops and events, as well as provides career coaching for students. All services are free to MSU students.

Bozeman Job Service: Montana's One-Stop Centers make up a state-wide system of workforce development partners that collaborate to provide customer focused employment and training opportunities that prepares, trains, and connects a highly skilled workforce to the business community striving to enhance and improve long term employment outcomes for job seekers and business. 

Work Study is a federal or state funded program offered to eligible students who demonstrate financial need. The money earned is intended to assist with meeting educational expenses.  If Work Study is awarded as part of a financial aid package, the student is eligible to apply for a Work Study job. The money earned through a Work Study job is paid in the form of a paycheck on an “hour’s work for an hour’s pay” basis.  These funds do not credit to the student's account.

Finding Housing

HRDC's Guide to Affordable Housing: Because finding affordable housing is such a challenge, HRDC makes creating and accessing safe, secure housing a priority.

Housing Choice Voucher Program: The Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program helps very low-income families, individuals with disabilities and the elderly afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. 

Family & Graduate HousingFamily & Graduate Housing serves the students of Montana State University by providing affordable housing options in an environment that is conducive to the academic and social success of student families, and qualifying single tenants. Students considering Family and Graduate Housing should submit their application 8-12 months in advance of their move-in date. Application deposit is required.


Streamline Bus Service: Streamline offers fare-free service throughout the Bozeman area to fulfill everyone’s transportation needs. Our routes provide service to and from Bozeman, Belgrade, Four Corners, Livingston and seasonal routes to Bridger Bowl. Streamline also connects with the the Skyline Bus System for travel to and from Big Sky. 

Big Sky Bus Service: the new Big Sky area bus service that also provides the Link between Bozeman and Big Sky. The year-round service offers increased travel options for the community. Bus passes are for sale for a nominal fee.