University Campus
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
3.95 and Above

3.949 - 3.65

3.649 - 2.85

$3,000 $2,000 $1,000


City College Campus
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
3.95 and Above

3.949 - 3.65

3.649 - 2.85

$1,500 $1,000 $500

*YEA may not be combined with MSU staff tuition waivers, Explore Montana awards; international students are encouraged to visit the International MSUB Students page  for scholarship opportunities.

This information is relevant for students beginning the Fall 2023/Spring 2024 academic year. Unless otherwise noted, awards listed are for the academic year and not by semester.

MSUB is committed to the success of students from Montana, out-of-state residents, and WUE students. That's why we're proud to offer the Yellowjacket Excellence Award, a financial pledge to benefit incoming first-year students beginning college.

Our financial commitment to you depends upon your unweighted high school GPA, and has three levels (see grid above).

YEA is a merit-based award determined by a student's unweighted GPA and automatically renews for those who remain full-time, degree-seeking, and making satisfactory academic progress Funding of this commitment is contingent on the completion of the general application and required documentation/transcripts.

To be considered for the Yellowjacket Excellence Award, students must be admitted to MSUB:

Your scholarship offer is based on a self-reported GPA. The award or the amount is subject to change upon receipt of your 7th semester transcripts high school transcripts or final official high school transcript.


  • The Yellowjacket Excellence Award is only available to first-time, full-time, degree seeking students seeking their first associates or bachelor's degree.


  • Students must maintain full-time continuous enrollment in MSUB courses (12 semester hours) during the Fall and Spring semesters each year. YEA is not available during the summer semester.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA (evaluated at the end of each Spring semester) and remain in good academic standing.

GED & Homeschool Applicants

Students who have completed their GED or homeschool requirements will be awarded based on GED/HiSET or ACT/SAT or advanced placement scores. The same considerations and eligibility requirements described above apply.

Additional Terms & Conditions

YEA awards are not deferrable and will be awarded to you for a specific start term that matches the start term on your application for admission. YEA awards and GPA parameters may be subject to change in future years.

When you receive financial aid at the Montana State University Billings (MSUB), there are important conditions for you to understand before you accept your awards. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (OFA&S) requires you to confirm acknowledgment of the student financial aid terms and conditions each academic year. The terms and conditions apply to all student financial aid, regardless of source (e.g., federal, state, or institutional), including grants, scholarships, fellowships, loans, and work-study awards.