2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After Graduation
For the academic year 2020-2021, the undergraduate tuition & fees at Montana State University is $7,371 for Montana residents and $27,104 for out-of-state students.
The undergraduate 2021-2022 estimated tuition & fees for MSU is $7,417 for Montana residents and $28,413 for out-of-state students.
The 2021 undergraduate tuition has been risen by 0.63% for Montana residents and increased by 4.83% for out-of-state rates from the previous year.The Living costs increased by 1.42% from the previous year for both on-campus and off-campus stay. Its in-state undergraduate tuition and fees are lower than the average amount ($10,868) and its out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees are a little bit higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($24,207 - Public Research University (high research activity)).
2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$7,325 $25,855$14,038
2020-2021$7,371$27,104$14,238
Change % 2020-20210.63%4.83%1.42%
2021-2022$7,417$28,413$14,441
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
For Graduate School, in-state tuition and fees are $6,650 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,446 for the academic year 2020-2021.
The graduate 2021-2022 estimated tuition & fees at MSU is $6,694 for Montana residents and $22,433 for out-of-state students.
The graduate tuition has been risen by 0.67% for Montana residents and increased by 4.60% for out-of-state rates from the previous year. Its in-state graduate tuition and fees are much lower than the average amount ($11,136) and its out-of-state graduate tuition and fees are around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($22,993 - Public Research University (high research activity)).
2020-2021 Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2019-2020$6,606 $20,502$14,038
2020-2021$6,650$21,446$14,238
Change % 2020-20210.67%4.60%1.42%
2021-2022$6,694$22,433$14,441
***Updated with 2021 tuition data from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) . The estimated 2021-2022 costs are based on the costs change rate of last year.
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.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2020-2021)
YearIn-StateOut-of-State
Undergraduate2019-2020$353$1,125
2020-2021$358$1,180
2021-2022$363$1,238
Graduate2019-2020$400$1,172
2020-2021$283$1,092
2021-2022$200$1,017
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

Tuition & Fees for 4 Years

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid

How Much is the tuition for 4 years at MSU?

For the students who were admitted in Fall 2021, the estimated tuition for 4 years is $30,221 for Montana residents and $116,214 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.
4 Years of Tuition & Fees
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$7,444$7,518$7,592$7,667$30,221
Out-of-State$27,862$28,642$29,443$30,267$116,214
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$7,518$7,592$7,667$7,743$30,521
Out-of-State$28,642$29,443$30,267$31,113$119,465
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$7,592$7,667$7,743$7,820$30,823
Out-of-State$29,443$30,267$31,113$31,984$122,807
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$7,667$7,743$7,820$7,897$31,128
Out-of-State$30,267$31,113$31,984$32,879$126,242
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$7,743$7,820$7,897$7,976$31,436
Out-of-State$31,113$31,984$32,879$33,798$129,774
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 2021, the estimated 4-years COA is $97,178 for Montana residents and $183,170 for out-of-state students.
The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at Montana State University.
4 Years of Costs of Attendance
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$23,542$24,036$24,516$25,007$97,178
Out-of-State$43,960$45,160$46,392$47,659$183,170
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$24,036$24,541$25,033$25,537$99,226
Out-of-State$45,160$46,392$47,659$48,960$188,170
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$24,541$25,059$25,563$26,079$101,324
Out-of-State$46,392$47,659$48,960$50,297$193,308
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$25,059$25,590$26,106$26,634$103,472
Out-of-State$47,659$48,960$50,297$51,671$198,586
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$25,590$26,133$26,662$27,203$105,671
Out-of-State$48,960$50,297$51,671$53,082$204,009
Last year, 44% 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 $78,742 for Montana residents and $164,734 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.
4 Years Costs of attendance after Financial Aid
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2025 (Admission Fall 2021)In-State$18,933$19,427$19,907$20,398$78,742
Out-of-State$39,351$40,551$41,783$43,050$164,734
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$19,427$19,932$20,424$20,928$80,790
Out-of-State$40,551$41,783$43,050$44,351$169,734
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$19,932$20,450$20,954$21,470$82,888
Out-of-State$41,783$43,050$44,351$45,688$174,872
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$20,450$20,981$21,497$22,025$85,036
Out-of-State$43,050$44,351$45,688$47,062$180,150
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$20,981$21,524$22,053$22,594$87,235
Out-of-State$44,351$45,688$47,062$48,473$185,573

2021 Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2021 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.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
Montana State University 2021 Costs of Attendance
In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition and FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$7,371$1,450$14,238$27,104$1,450 $14,238
Graduate$6,650 $1,450$14,238$21,446 $1,450$14,238


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