Montana Financial Aid
There are many reasons to want to go to college in Montana. For one, there are numerous beautiful national parks, wilderness areas, and historic towns for sightseeing. Whether students are attending college at the University of Montana, Dawson Community College, or any other college in Montana, there is plenty of private, state and federal funding available to help pay for the cost of their tuition. Montana financial aid may come in the form of scholarships, grants, or student loans.
Montana Scholarships and Grants
The Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program (MGSLP) also offers scholarships and grants to residents of the state. Here is a list of scholarships and grants offered by the MGSLP:
- The MUS Honor Scholarship: High school students who have attended a school in Montana for the past three years, and are enrolled in at one of the campuses of the Montana University System are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
- Governor’s Best and Brightest Scholarship Program: Designed to provide scholarships to students based on financial need and merit.
- The Community College Honor Scholarship: Residents of Montana who have earned an associate degree at a community college and are transferring to a school in the Montana University System can apply to this scholarship.
- National Merit Semi-Finalist Scholarship: All students who receive the National Merit Semi-Finalist Scholarship have their tuition waived for the first two semesters of their undergraduate education.
- Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG): A grant based on the students financial need that matches funding the student receives from the Federal Leveraging Educational Assistance Program (LEAP).
- Montana Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP): This grant allows the state to match funds that the student received from the Federal Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Program (SLEAP).
In addition to scholarships and grants, Montana has five tuition fee waiver programs:
- American Indian Fee Waiver: Eligible students include those who are one-quarter or more American Indian and demonstrate financial need.
- Faculty and Staff Tuition Waiver: Permanent employees of the Montana University System who are employed at least three-quarter time.
- Honorably Discharged Veteran Fee Waiver: Available to students who are residents of Montana and were honorably discharged from the service.
- War Orphans Fee Waiver: For students 25 and under whose parents served and died on active duty in World War II, the Korean War, or the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts.
- Senior Citizen Fee Waiver: Applicants must be 65 years of age and an in-state resident in order to be eligible.
Scholarships in Montana Colleges and Universities
Montana colleges and universities offers scholarships and grants to students who are attending their schools. Scholarships may be offered based on merit, financial need, achievement, student activities, sports, special talents, and even ethnic background.
Additionally, Montana Tech of the University of Montana offers the Native American Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Indigenous Graduate Scholarship, which provides $32,100 over the course of the two year graduate program to American Indian students.
Those planning on attending college in Montana should also determine which city in Montana they want to go to college. Cities with more colleges tend to have a greater number of scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid available to students. The top five cities in Montana that have the greatest number of colleges are Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls and Helena.
Other Scholarships in Montana
Montana residents and students attending Montana colleges can also apply for scholarships offered by community foundations.
- Montana Community Foundation: Close to 50 scholarships are offered to Montana students that are based on both merit and financial need.
- National Garden Clubs Scholarship: Students studying agriculture, horticulture or a related field may apply for this $3,500. The garden club also offers several other scholarships.
- Montana Cattlewomen Scholarship: A $1,000 scholarship offered to students who are in a degree program in a field beneficial to the livestock industry.
- Montana Roofing Contractors Association Scholarship Award Program: Employees and immediate family members of the association who are enrolled in school full time are eligible for this scholarship.
- Montana Troopers Association: Two scholarships are offered by this association. One scholarship is for children of AMT members and the second is offered to students seeking a degree in criminal justice or law enforcement.
- Montana Broadcasters Association Scholarship: Three scholarships are awarded to broadcast students at the University of Montana – Missoula, Montana State University – Bozeman and the University of Montana Helena College of Technology.
Montana Student Loans
The MGSLP helps students attending a college or university in Montana identify, apply to and manage their student loans. In addition, the Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation (MHESAC) provides funding for the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) student loans.