Montana State University

Bozeman, MT, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$17,754
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$14,412
$30k - $48k
$15,540
$48k - $75k
$17,728
$75k - $110k
$19,843
$110k+
$19,939
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$7,277
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$24,993
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$10,100
Books and Supplies
$1,450
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: finaid@montana.edu

Aid & Grants

0
100
77%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
24%
Average Aid Per Year
$5,661
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
24%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,557
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$4,376
Students receiving state aid
16%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,875
Students receiving federal aid
22%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,557
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$426,182
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$5,225,659

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
45%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,138
Students receiving federal loans
44%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$6,132
Average Other Loans Per Year
$14,261
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$13,000
Loan Default Rate
4%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$250

What Students Are Saying

3.76 Average Rating
I love everything about going to school here, and it is definitely worth it so far.
Alisa from Gresham, OR
I think that comparitivly to other state schools MSU is priced well. It is a little steep for out of state students but they offer a lot of great scholarships, grants, and loans. The finacial aid office is super friendly and helpful.
Margaret from Bozeman, MT
MSU is amazing. The classes aren't huge, so it's easier to know a lot or all the people in your class, and it makes the professor and one-on-one time more accessible, which is a big plus. You are also provided with so many resources: the library has a person for pretty much every department who can help you do research or find what you're looking for, there's a Math Learning Center if you need more help in math, there's a Writing Center so you can have someone edit your papers and help you develop ideas and write better. I'm an out-of-state student as well, but I think MSU is definitely worth the money. I do like living on campus, but it's definitely cheaper to live off-campus, and it's definitely preferable to always eating the residence hall food.
Kathleen from Spokane Valley, WA
be sure to go to the garage soup shack! they have awesome eats for super cheap! don't forget to grab a free coupon book at the msu bookstore at the beginning of each semester! you can save lots with all the coupons in those little books!
Alyssa from Bozeman, MT
The price is a little steep if you don't qualify for the WUE, but prices are huge everywhere. The point is to go where YOU want to go. Montana State is worth every overcharged penny.
Amanda from Shoshone, ID
Tuition for in-state is great for a public university, however other public institutions in Montana have lower tuition rates. Also keep in mind, the tuition is going up each year. With that being said, this tuition is worth it if you are in the Engineering Department or Agricultural Department.
Jas from Montana
MSU is worth every penny, and I'm an out of state student. This college is defently worth its weight in gold.
Ashley from Sioux Falls, SD
MSU has great programs in all of their offered majors along with significant research opportunities and tuition is really relatively cheap. There's so much MSU has to offer. It's really hard not to find something that you'd like to take part in.
Hannah from Bozeman, MT