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    Top 36 Montana Scholarships in May 2024

    Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

    Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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    Cece Gilmore is a Content Writer at Scholarships360. Cece earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she was the education editor as well as a published staff reporter at Downtown Devil. Cece was also the co-host of her own radio show on Blaze Radio ASU.

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    Updated: May 4th, 2024

    Montana is an excellent state to attend college in, and luckily, there are a wide variety of Montana scholarships for students. With its famous mountain ranges, plentiful farms, and a wealth of colleges and universities, Montana makes for a great home for tourists, mountain goats, and students alike. “The Last Best Place” is home to a robust public university system with many opportunities for an affordable education. Climb higher in your educational journey with our list of the top Montana scholarships!

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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

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    Montana University System Honor Scholarship

    Offered by Montana University System, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Montana University System, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education

    The Montana University System Honor Scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors graduating from accredited Montana high schools. It is a four-year renewable scholarship…Show More

    The Montana University System Honor Scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors graduating from accredited Montana high schools. It is a four-year renewable scholarship…Show More

    The Montana University System Honor Scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors graduating from accredited Montana high schools. It is a four-year renewable scholarship that waives tuition at one of the Montana University System campuses or one of the three community colleges (Flathead Valley in Kalispell, Miles in Miles City, or Dawson in Glendive). The scholarship must be used within 9 months after high school graduation. To apply, interested students must submit a completed application to the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) by March 15th of the award year.  If you're an eligible Montana student looking for help paying for your postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Montana University System 2 Plus 2 Honor Scholarship

    Offered by Montana University System

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver at select Montana University System schools
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomore

    Offered by Montana University System

    Are you a Montana resident who has earned an associate's degree from a Montana community college (see full list of eligible schools under "Eligibility Information")…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident who has earned an associate's degree from a Montana community college (see full list of eligible schools under "Eligibility Information")…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident who has earned an associate's degree from a Montana community college (see full list of eligible schools under "Eligibility Information") and will be soon pursuing a four-year degree at U of M - Missoula, U of M - Western, Montana Tech, MSU - Billings, MSU - Bozeman, or MSU - Northern? If so, you may be eligible for the Montana University System 2 Plus 2 Honor Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards waivers for undergraduate tuition at any 4-year unit of the Montana University System. The scholarship may be received up to a total of four continuous (fall/spring) semesters, so long as recipients continue to hold at least a 3.4 GPA. If you've earned an associate's degree from an eligible Montana community college and will be transferring to an eligible Montana four-year university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver at select Montana University System schools
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomore
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Montana University System Surviving Dependents of Montana Firefighters / Peace Officers Waiver

    Offered by Montana University System

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Montana University System

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who is the dependent or spouse of a Montana Firefighter or Peace Officer who was killed in…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who is the dependent or spouse of a Montana Firefighter or Peace Officer who was killed in…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who is the dependent or spouse of a Montana Firefighter or Peace Officer who was killed in the course and scope of employment? If so, you may be eligible for the Montana University System Surviving Dependents of Montana Firefighters/Peace Officers Waiver. Each year, the waiver is awarded to multiple undergraduate students from Montana whose guardians/spouses were Montana Firefighters or Peace Officers who passed away on the job. Recipients may continue to receive these waivers for additional years if they "make reasonable academic progress." If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Montana University System American Indian Undergraduate Tuition Waiver

    Offered by Montana University System

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Montana University System

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who (1) is of at least one-fourth (1/4) degree Native American blood or (2) is an enrolled…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who (1) is of at least one-fourth (1/4) degree Native American blood or (2) is an enrolled…Show More

    Are you a Montana resident and undergraduate student who (1) is of at least one-fourth (1/4) degree Native American blood or (2) is an enrolled member of a state or federally-recognized Native American tribe in the state of Montana? If so, you may be eligible for the Montana University System American Indian Undergraduate Tuition Waiver! Each year, multiple eligible recipients who are of Native American descent or members of a tribe within Montana are selected to receive tuition waivers. Recipients may continue to receive these waivers if they "make reasonable academic progress." If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Undergraduate tuition waiver
    Deadline Varies
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Montana Life Members Scholarship

    Offered by Montana Federation of Garden Clubs

    1 award worth $2,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore

    Offered by Montana Federation of Garden Clubs

    Are you a U.S. citizen and Montana resident attending an in-state university to study Conservation, Horticulture, Parks or Forestry, Floriculture, Greenhouse Management, Land Management, or…Show More

    Are you a U.S. citizen and Montana resident attending an in-state university to study Conservation, Horticulture, Parks or Forestry, Floriculture, Greenhouse Management, Land Management, or…Show More

    Are you a U.S. citizen and Montana resident attending an in-state university to study Conservation, Horticulture, Parks or Forestry, Floriculture, Greenhouse Management, Land Management, or related subjects? If so, the Montana Life Members Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000 to a college sophomore pursuing fields related to conservation, forestry, and/or horticulture. To apply, interested students must submit a transcript, two letters of reference, and a "letter of application" including a short biography and their future plans. If you're a proud Montana resident and nature enthusiast, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level College Sophomore
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jun 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship

    Offered by Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation

    Multiple awards worth $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students

    Offered by Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation

    Are you an osteopathic medical student who is in the second, third, or fourth year of your medical program and has a commitment to practicing…Show More

    Are you an osteopathic medical student who is in the second, third, or fourth year of your medical program and has a commitment to practicing…Show More

    Are you an osteopathic medical student who is in the second, third, or fourth year of your medical program and has a commitment to practicing medicine in the Northwest? If so, consider applying for the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards at least $10,000 each to multiple osteopathic medical students who can demonstrate a commitment to practicing medicine in the Northwest, an understanding of osteopathic principles and practices, and previous volunteer leadership. While applicants do not need to be from the Pacific Northwest themselves, select scholarships will be reserved for applicants from Alaska, Montana, and Washington who are dedicated to returning to their home states, as well as a scholarship for a female student from Oregon who is attending the WesternU Oregon Campus College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – Northwest in Lebanon, OR. If you're an osteopathic medical student passionate about practicing medicine in the Pacific Northwest, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level Graduate Students
    Get Started

    Celebrate The West

    Offered by Western Governors' Foundation (WGF)

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by Western Governors' Foundation (WGF)

    Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More…Show More

    Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More…Show More

    Are you a high school student residing in the American west or U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA)? More importantly, do you love where you live and have a passion for art? If so, you might consider applying for the Celebrate the West Contest! Each year, the scholarship awards between $200 and $1,500 to 23 lucky students who create a piece of artwork that most thoughtfully reflects an insight about the West or the applicant’s relation to the West. In order to apply, you simply need to email a digital copy of your artwork and your entry form to [email protected]. If you’re passionate about art and have some insights about where you live, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    NVMS American Indian Music Scholarship

    Offered by North Valley Music School

    2 awards worth $500
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by North Valley Music School

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student of Indigenous American descent who is a resident of Montana? Further, do you have a love for…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student of Indigenous American descent who is a resident of Montana? Further, do you have a love for…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student of Indigenous American descent who is a resident of Montana? Further, do you have a love for music and will be pursuing a degree in it? If so, the NVMS American Indian Music Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $500 to two (2) applicants who submit the best 500-1,000-word personal statements about why music is important to them, their future goals, and why they deserve this scholarship. In addition, interested students must submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and one letter of recommendation in order to apply. If you're a Montana resident and current/incoming undergraduate student of Indigenous American descent, and you are pursuing a degree in music, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    2 awards worth $500
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

    Offered by Horatio Alger Association

    50 awards worth $10,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Horatio Alger Association

    Are you a high school senior from Montana who will be enrolled at the University of Montana, Montana State University, or one of their affiliate…Show More

    Are you a high school senior from Montana who will be enrolled at the University of Montana, Montana State University, or one of their affiliate…Show More

    Are you a high school senior from Montana who will be enrolled at the University of Montana, Montana State University, or one of their affiliate universities in the Fall following graduation? If so, consider applying for the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $10,000 to 50 applicants who demonstrate critical financial need and are involved in community service activities. If you’re a Montana resident excited to soon continue your education at the University of Montana, Montana State University, or one of their affiliate universities, and you'd like some help paying for college, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    50 awards worth $10,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
    Apply

    Montana’s STEM/Healthcare Scholarship Program

    Offered by Montana University System

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Montana University System

    Montana's STEM/Healthcare Scholarship Program was established to help Montana high school seniors prepare for, enter into, or complete degrees in postsecondary fields related to science,…Show More

    Montana's STEM/Healthcare Scholarship Program was established to help Montana high school seniors prepare for, enter into, or complete degrees in postsecondary fields related to science,…Show More

    Montana's STEM/Healthcare Scholarship Program was established to help Montana high school seniors prepare for, enter into, or complete degrees in postsecondary fields related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and healthcare. Applicants must also be Montana state residents, apply in the same year they graduate from high school, and have completed 4 years of college prep math and 3 years of college prep science while in high school. They must also be planning on attending one of the approved campuses that can be found on Montana University System's website. If you're a Montana student pursuing a career in STEM, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship Foundation

    Are you a college-bound, graduating high school senior or graduate from Colorado or Montana who has survived childhood cancer? If so, you may be eligible…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, graduating high school senior or graduate from Colorado or Montana who has survived childhood cancer? If so, you may be eligible…Show More

    Are you a college-bound, graduating high school senior or graduate from Colorado or Montana who has survived childhood cancer? If so, you may be eligible for the Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to incoming college students residing in Colorado or Montana who have bravely fought cancer as a child and won. To apply, interested students must submit a copy of their transcript, their SAT or ACT score, three references (one must be from the doctor who provided them cancer treatment), and the answers to two essay questions. If you're a childhood cancer survivor from Colorado or Montana and an incoming college student, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Christian Connector

    Easy Application

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

    Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline May 31, 2024
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Billings Clinic Health Care Scholarship

    Offered by Billings Clinic

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Billings Clinic

    Are you a Montana or Wyoming resident living in the Billings Clinic Service Area (see full list of eligible cities below) who is seeking a…Show More

    Are you a Montana or Wyoming resident living in the Billings Clinic Service Area (see full list of eligible cities below) who is seeking a…Show More

    Are you a Montana or Wyoming resident living in the Billings Clinic Service Area (see full list of eligible cities below) who is seeking a post-secondary degree in a healthcare field? If so, you may be eligible for the Billings Clinic Health Care Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards between $500 and $2,000 to current and incoming post-secondary students from Montana and Wyoming who are pursuing eligible healthcare fields. Examples of eligible fields/careers include but are not limited to, coding, laboratory (Medical Technologist, Histology, Cytology), nursing, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, pre-med, radiology, respiratory therapy, rehabilitation (Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapy), rehabilitation (COTA/PTA/Speech Therapy Assistant), and surgical technology. If you're from an eligible Montana or Wyoming city and are pursuing a degree in one of these fields, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $500 - $2,000
    Expected deadline March 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
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    How to win Montana scholarships

    Montana is known as “The Last Best State” due to its pristine mountainous beauty and small town culture. Moving to marvelous Montana seems like an easy decision to make so let’s review how to win Montana scholarships to make this move affordable! 

    In order to win Montana scholarships, you should be sure to emphasize your personal connection to Montana in addition to your own personal passions. For example, if you grew up hiking in Glacier National Park and exploring the mountains, you can describe in detail about how amazing the natural beauty of Montana is as well as how this beauty inspired you to study conservation in order to preserve national parks such as Glacier. 

    By simultaneously describing your own passions and goals while emphasizing how great Montana is, you can prove to the scholarship officers that you will benefit from a scholarship to continue your education in Montana. 

    Writing resources for writing Montana scholarship essays 

    Winning Montana scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 ultimate guide to finding and winning scholarships and our overview of common scholarship essay prompts to help ensure you are prepared to win Montana scholarships! Everything you need is at your fingertips with Scholarships360 from guides on how to start a scholarship essay to how to write a 500 word essay. Best of luck! 

    Montana student debt snapshot

    According to the Department of Education, in total, Montana residents owe $4.2 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $33,149 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 50.9% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

    Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships for colleges in Montana, as well as top scholarships in Montana!

    Merit scholarships at Montana colleges and universities

    University of Montana 

    • Eligibility: First year students are automatically considered based on high school GPA 
    • Amount: $1,000 up to $17,000
    • Deadline: July 1

    Montana State University

    • Eligibility: Awards are automatic, merit-based scholarships based on GPA and vary depending on residency status 
    • Amount: $1,000 up to $12,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Montana State University

    Carroll College

    • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen are automatically considered based on high school GPA and test scores when applicable 
    • Amount: $17,000 up to $25,000 
    • Deadline: Admission to Carroll College

    Rocky Mountain College

    • Eligibility: First year students based on unweighted high school GPA 
    • Amount: $9,000 up to $17,000
    • Deadline: Admission to Rocky Mountain College

    Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

    In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

    Here are a few well-known Montana universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

    University of Montana

    • In-state tuition: $7,412
    • Out-of-state tuition: $27,238

    Montana State University

    • In-state tuition: $8,082
    • Out-of-state tuition: $31,400 

    How do you get in-state tuition? 

    It is clear to see that being a Montana resident significantly reduces the cost of tuition for Montana colleges and universities. In order to gain residency status in Montana for tuition purposes, you will need to be domiciled in Montana. Being domiciles means it requires both a physical presence in Montana and evidence of intent to stay in the state of Montana. Some examples that provide intent to stay include registering a vehicle in Montana, getting a Montana driver’s license, and registering to vote in Montana. However, it is important to note that you cannot establish residency while in Montana for the primary purpose of education. Therefore, double check with your intended Montana university to ensure that you qualify for in-state tuition. 

    Does Montana offer tuition reciprocity? 

    Yes, Montana is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange which is a limited regional reciprocity agreement among select Western States. In this agreement, favorable college tuition rates in bordering states are sometimes possible through reciprocity. 

    Montana scholarship spotlight

    Billings Clinic Health Care Scholarship

    • Eligibility: High school students who have a demonstrated a passion for health care and health care students currently enrolled in a college or university
    • Amount: $500 up to $2,000
    • Deadline: Mid-March

    Stephen T. Marchello Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Current year high school graduates who had childhood cancer and are residents of Colorado and Montana 
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Mid-March 

    MUS Honor Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Montana high school seniors enrolling at an eligible campus based on GPA and SAT/ACT score
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Deadline: Varies

    Montana’s STEM Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Montana high school seniors pursuing STEM or healthcare at an approved Montana University System campus
    • Amount: $1,000 for the first year, $1,500 for the second and third, and $2,000 for the fourth
    • Deadline: Varies

    BBB Students of Integrity Scholarship

    • Eligibility:  High school juniors and seniors who live in a list of states including Montana
    • Amount: $2,000
    • Deadline: Mid-April

    Celebrate the West High School Art Competition

    • Eligibility: High school-age students living in the West (Montana included) who submit an original two-dimensional art piece informed by their experience living in the West
    • Amount: $200 up to $1,500
    • Deadline: April 30

    Treacy Foundation Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Entering freshman or sophomore students who are Montana residents who hold 60 or less credits.
    • Amount: $3,000 per year 
    • Deadline: End of April

    Montana University System 2 Plus 2 Honor Scholarship

    • Eligibility: Montana residents graduating from a 2-year school in the Montana University system with a minimum 3.4+ GPA and plan to enroll in a 4-year program in the Montana University System.
    • Amount: Waived tuition
    • Deadline: June 

    Pride Foundation Scholarships

    • Eligibility: Over 50 specific scholarships which are open to residents of the Northwest who are pursuing post-secondary education and identify as LGBTQ+ students
    • Amount: Varies
    • Deadline: Varies

    Montana University System American Indian Undergraduate Tuition Waiver

    • Eligibility: Montana residents planning to attend a Montana University System campus with at least ¼ Indian blood, or enrolled members of a state or federally recognized Indian tribe in Montana
    • Amount: Cost of tuition
    • Deadline: Varies

    Montana University System Surviving Dependents of Montana Firefighters / Peace Officers Waiver

    • Eligibility: Montana residents attending a Montana University System campus whose parent or spouse was a Montana firefighter or peace officer who was killed in the course and scope of employment
    • Amount: Cost of tuition
    • Deadline: Varies

    Additional Montana resources

    FAFSA Guide

    On October 1st of every year, the FAFSA opens nationwide. Students in Montana should apply for the FAFSA as soon as possible after it opens!

    Montana University System

    The official website of the Montana University System (MUS) provides a lot of valuable information about various public institutions in Montana such as the University of Montana and Montana State University. The website includes details on programs, admissions, financial aid and scholarships so be sure to comb through it! 

    Montana Community Foundation

    The Montana Community Foundation offers scholarships and grants to Montana students pursuing higher education.

    Frequently asked questions about Montana scholarships

    What is the FAFSA deadline in Montana?

    The priority FAFSA deadline in Montana is December 1. Remember, the FAFSA opens up in October and the sooner you complete it, the better. If you are looking for step-by-step guidance on the FAFSA, you can check out our FAFSA guide.

    What schools in Montana give full scholarships?

    There are several full tuition scholarships available at Montana University System schools, such as the American Indian Undergraduate Tuition Waiver, 2 Plus 2 Honor Scholarship, and the Surviving Dependents of Montana Firefighters/Peace Officers Scholarship. These can be used at any eligible University of Montana campus. Though you will still have to pay fees and housing costs, these programs waive all tuition costs. 

    What type of scholarships does Montana offer?

    Montana offers a lot of different types of scholarships both for Montana residents and out-of-state students. Offerings include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

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