Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

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For the academic year 2021-2022, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Montana State University is $7,528 for Montana residents and $28,264 for out-of-state students. It has been risen by 2.13% for Montana residents and increased by 4.28% for out-of-state rates compared to the previous year. Its in-state undergraduate tuition and fees is lower than the average amount ($11,075) and its out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees is a little bit higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($24,462 - public Research University (high research activity)).
The 2023 projected undergraduate tuition & fees for MSU is $7,726 for Montana residents and $29,603 for out-of-state students. It is a 4.7% increase compared to 2022's rate. This rate is officially announced by school and it may be subject to change. For update and details of fee schedule, check the school's bursar/financial aid page.
It has been risen by 2.13% for Montana residents and increased by 4.28% for out-of-state rates compared to the previous year. The living costs including for room, board, transpiration, and other personal expenses is $14,308. The Living costs increased by 0.49% compared to the previous year for both on-campus and off-campus stay.
MSU Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2020-2021$7,371 $27,104$14,238
2021-2022$7,528$28,264$14,308
2022-2023$7,726$29,603$14,378
Change % 2022-20232.63%4.74%0.49%
*** The 2022-2023 tuition is announced/published officially by the MSU directly. See the MSU bursar/financial aid page for more information.
For Graduate School, in-state tuition and fees is $6,805 and out-of-state tuition and fees is $22,391 for the academic year 2021-2022. Its in-state graduate tuition and fees is lower than the average amount ($11,332) and its out-of-state graduate tuition and fees is around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($22,809 - public Research University (high research activity)).
The 2023 estimated tuition & fees at MSU is $6,983 for Montana residents and $23,444 for out-of-state students. It is a 4.7% increase compared to 2022's rate. This rate is officially announced by school and it may be subject to change. For update and details of fee schedule, check the school's bursar/financial aid page.
MSU Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2020-2021$6,650 $21,446$14,238
2021-2022$6,805$22,391$14,308
2022-2023$6,983$23,444$14,378
Change % 2022-20232.62%4.70%0.49%
*** The 2022-2023 tuition is announced/published officially by the MSU directly. See the MSU bursar/financial aid page for more information.
The below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and/or full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at MSU. The undergraduate tuition per credit hour is $477 for Montana residents and $1,329 for out-of-state students. The graduate tuition per credit hour is $283 for Montana residents and $1,136 for out-of-state students.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2021-2022)
YearIn-StateOut-of-State
Undergraduate2020-2021$358$1,180
2021-2022$477$1,329
2022-2023$636$1,497
Graduate2020-2021$283$1,092
2021-2022$283$1,136
2022-2023$283$1,182
The 2022 costs per credit hour has been officially published by IPEDS and 2023 costs is estimated based on the change rate of last two years.
The next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation from the school. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $38,000 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $48,900 for Montana State University graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$38,000$41,800$33,900
7 Years After Graduation$37,300--
8 Years After Graduation$43,300--
9 Years After Graduation$42,300--
10 Years After Graduation$48,900$55,500$41,300
The next table compares the tuition & fees between Montana State University and its similar schools. The similar schools are based on factors such as school type, level, and rivalry schools.
Tuition Comparison between Montana State University and Similar Schools
In-StateOut-of-State
Montana State University$7,528$28,264
Weber State University$6,228$16,644
University of Northern Colorado$10,666$23,785
California State University-Sacramento$7,392$19,272
Portland State University$10,386$29,286
Northern Arizona University$11,896$26,642

Four(4) Years Tuition & Fees and Costs of Attendance

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How Much is the tuition for 4 years at MSU?

For the students who were admitted in Fall 2022, the estimated tuition for 4 years at MSU is $30,745 for Montana residents and $121,474 for out-of-state students.
The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4-year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. The next table shows the estimated 4-years tuition & fees for the next 5 admission years. The estimation is based on 4-years changes in tuition & fees at the school.
Projected Four(4) Years Tuition & Fees
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$7,591$7,654$7,718$7,782$30,745
Out-of-State$29,082$29,923$30,789$31,680$121,474
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$7,654$7,718$7,782$7,847$31,001
Out-of-State$29,923$30,789$31,680$32,596$124,988
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$7,718$7,782$7,847$7,912$31,259
Out-of-State$30,789$31,680$32,596$33,539$128,604
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$7,782$7,847$7,912$7,978$31,520
Out-of-State$31,680$32,596$33,539$34,510$132,325
Class of 2030 (Admission Fall 2026)In-State$7,847$7,912$7,978$8,045$31,783
Out-of-State$32,596$33,539$34,510$35,508$136,154
The table shows the 4-years estimation of total costs of attendance (COA). It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses.
For the students who were admitted in Fall 2022, the estimated 4-years COA is $95,247 for Montana residents and $185,975 for out-of-state students.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at Montana State University.
Four(4) Years of Costs of Attendance
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$23,494$23,705$23,917$24,131$95,247
Out-of-State$44,985$45,974$46,988$48,029$185,975
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$23,705$23,917$24,131$24,347$96,100
Out-of-State$45,974$46,988$48,029$49,097$190,087
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$23,917$24,131$24,347$24,566$96,961
Out-of-State$46,988$48,029$49,097$50,193$194,306
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$24,131$24,347$24,566$24,786$97,831
Out-of-State$48,029$49,097$50,193$51,318$198,636
Class of 2030 (Admission Fall 2026)In-State$24,347$24,566$24,786$25,009$98,709
Out-of-State$49,097$50,193$51,318$52,473$203,080
Last year, 60% of enrolled undergraduate students have received grants or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from the federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes federal/private student loans.
After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 years of attending the school is $68,299 for Montana residents and $159,027 for out-of-state students.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation with financial aid for the next 5 admission years at Montana State University.
Four(4) Years Costs of Attendance after Financial Aid
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$16,757$16,968$17,180$17,394$68,299
Out-of-State$38,248$39,237$40,251$41,292$159,027
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$16,968$17,180$17,394$17,610$69,152
Out-of-State$39,237$40,251$41,292$42,360$163,139
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$17,180$17,394$17,610$17,829$70,013
Out-of-State$40,251$41,292$42,360$43,456$167,358
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$17,394$17,610$17,829$18,049$70,883
Out-of-State$41,292$42,360$43,456$44,581$171,688
Class of 2030 (Admission Fall 2026)In-State$17,610$17,829$18,049$18,272$71,761
Out-of-State$42,360$43,456$44,581$45,736$176,132

Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2022 tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs in detail. We provide the previous 5 years' costs so that you can check the increased amounts of each cost item and estimate future year costs. In addition, you can check the financial aid amount including grant, scholarship, and federal student loans for the last five years. Use the left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at Montana State University.
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Montana State University 2022 Costs of Attendance
In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition and FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$7,528$1,450$14,308$28,264$1,450 $14,308
Graduate$6,805 $1,450$14,308$22,391 $1,450$14,308


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