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MSU Tuition & Cost


Annual Cost to Attend

In State Montana Resident Sticker Price
$21,129
In State Costs for Montana State University
Fee Cost
Tuition$5,490
Books and Supplies$1,350
Other Fees$1,589
Room and Board $9,250
Other Expenses Budget$3,450
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$37,833
Out of State Costs for Montana State University
Fee Cost
Tuition$22,194
Books and Supplies$1,350
Other Fees$1,589
Room and Board $9,250
Other Expenses Budget$3,450

Residents of Montana pay an annual total price of $21,129 to attend Montana State University on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $5,490 for tuition, $9,250 room and board, $1,350 for books and supplies and $1,589 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $37,833 which is 79.1% higher than Montana residents. The tuition charge is $22,194 while room and board is $9,250, books and supplies are $1,350 and other fees come in at $1,589.

Net Price

Average Net Price 2017/2018
$15,411
Net Price by Income Montana State University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$14,412
$30,001 to $48,000$15,540
$48,001 to $75,000$17,728
$75,001 to $110,000$19,843
$110,000+$19,939

The average reported annual net price for Montana State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,411 in 2017/2018.

Financial Aid

Finanical Aid Montana State University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Annual Total Grant Aid $5,661 73%
Pell Grant $4,208 22%
Federal Student Loan $6,132 44%

The average reported annual net price for Montana State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,411 in 2017/2018.

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Montana State University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $49,956. The loan balance of $49,956 is a four year multiple of the $12,489 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $522 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.7%.

Example Loan $49,956
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.7%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $521.60
Total Interest Paid $12,635.72
Sum of All Loan Payments $62,591.72

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$84,516
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Montana Residents $21,129 $21,256 $21,383 $21,512
Non Residents $37,833 $38,060 $38,289 $38,519

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Montana State University to be $84,516 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 0.6% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Cost Credit Hour and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Montana State University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
Montana Residents $342 $1,026 $1,368
Out of State Residents $1,050 $3,150 $4,200

Estimated cost for a class at Montana State University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Montana State University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Montana State University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=180461 IPEDS survey data for Montana State University.