Cost of college went up for all students at Montana State University-Billings


In-state tuition and fees rose 1.6 percent for 2018-19 at Montana State University-Billings, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Montana residents paid $5,928 to attend the four-year public institution this year – $95 more than the $5,833 charged for 2017-18.

Non-residents paid 224.7 percent more than residents this year, or $19,246. Their price tag grew 2.8 percent from $18,723 in 2017-18.

About 90 percent of the school's undergraduate population are Montana residents. About 9 percent are residents of other states and 1 percent are citizens of other countries.

Data shows 87 percent of full-time undergraduates who started school in 2015-16 received student financial aid in some form. In all, 400 students received grants or scholarships totaling $2.1 million and 273 students took out student loans totaling more than $1.5 million.

Including all undergraduates (4,315), 1,905 students used grants or scholarships totaling $8.6 million, and 1,661 students took out $10.9 million in federal student loans.

The cost of attending
Enrollment
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change in tuition and fees 2015-16 to 2018-19
In-state
~3,884
$5,808
$5,826
$5,833
$5,928
2.1%
Out-of-state
~388
$17,842
$18,216
$18,723
$19,246
7.9%

Undergraduate financial aid
The following data includes only full-time students who began an undergraduate program at Montana State University-Billings in 2015-16.
Type of Aid
Number of students receiving aid
Percent receiving aid
Total amount of aid received
Average amount of aid per student
Federal grants
213
39%
$987,286
$4,635
State / local grant or scholarship
27
5%
$114,753
$4,250
Institutional grants or scholarships
287
53%
$993,259
$3,461
Grant or scholarship aid total
400
74%
$2,095,298
$5,238
Federal student loans
272
50%
$1,418,233
$5,214
Other student loans
8
1%
$66,371
$8,296
Student loan aid
273
50%
$1,484,604
$5,438
Total student aid
473
87%
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