The categories of FoodHealth InsuranceInternetUtilities, and Transportation have resources identified to help meet the basic needs of students. Each basic need has resources with a short description, basic eligibility, a link to a in depth description, and application link if applicable.

SNAP, Medicaid (not ACA), and LIHEAP can all be applied for through a single State of Montana DPHHS application


SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Formerly called food stamps, SNAP provides monetary assistance for the purchase of food-by food insecure households More Information
Bounty of the Bridgers Food Pantry On-campus resource for students to get free supplemental and emergency food assistance. More Information No application necessary.
Gallatin Valley Food Bank Off-campus resource for the community to get free supplemental and emergency food assistance.  More Information No application necessary.
WIC - Supplemental Nutrition for Woman Infants and Children WIC supports the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5. More Information Contact Healthy Gallatin at 

406.582.3115 or
[email protected]

Health Insurance

A general overview of Students Health Insurance options.

Medicaid Public insurance program for individuals earning less than $20,782 annually. More Information
ACA Marketplace Subsidized health insurance for individuals earning over $20,782 and who do not have employer sponsored health insurance. More Information
Student Health Insurance  MSU's Blue Cross Blue Shield private plan. More Information Opt-out by 15th day of classes on Myinfo.


Affordable Connectivity Program

ACP offers subsidies for households making less than $30,120 (2024) to help help pay Internet bills. More Information


Heating Bills

LIHEAP Montana Federal program that assists low-income households with heating bills during the heating season (Oct 1-Apr 30). More Information


Streamline Zero-fare public transportation service throughout the Gallatin Valley.

More Information

No Application Necessary 

Maps and Routes