2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Financial Aid and Scholarships

McMullen First Floor East, (406) 657-2188

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Montana State University Billings provides advice and financial assistance to students.  Although families and students are expected to make a maximum effort to meet the costs of education, financial aid is available to fill the gap between family resources and educational expenses.

Financial aid consists of grants/scholarships, loans, and employment opportunities.  Individual award s are based on the calculated financial need of the student.  The estimated financial need is the difference between the cost of attending MSU Billings and the ability of the student and/or family to contribute to those education costs as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This form can be completed on the web at www.fafsa.gov.  Early application is essential.  Priority awarding will be given to those students who have a complete file in our office on March 1.  Students should allow up to two months if they file a paper application and two weeks for processing the web application.  The FAFSA must be filed annually.


Some students’ FAFSA information will be selected for verification during processing.  By signing the FAFSA students and parents give the University permission to ask for all verification documentation.  The evaluation of a final award will occur once the requested verification information has been received and reviewed.

What Does College Cost?

To help students make a realistic evaluation of their financial needs, the following are estimated costs of attending MSU Billings for the academic year 2013-2014 from September to May.  There are, of course, wide variations in actual cost, depending upon individual needs and the resourcefulness of students.  The estimated budgets shown below do not include transportation expenses, health insurance, Internet fees for online classes and personal costs.

UG Full Time Resident Student (two semesters)

  City College Main
*Registration, Tuition, and Miscellaneous Fees  $3,690 $5,240
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,200
Board and Room $6,200 $6,200
Total  $11,090 $12,640

UG Full Time Non-Resident Student
(two semesters

  City College Main
*Registration, Incidental, and Miscellaneous Fees $7,540 $15,230
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,200
Board and Room  $6,200 $6,200
Total $14,940 $22,630

*Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

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