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Browse The Costs Of College

The first step to paying for college is understanding how much it costs. Many people believe that a college education is beyond their budget because they’ve heard how expensive private schools can be. Schools in the Montana University System, however, offer hundreds of opportunities for quality, affordable higher education.

Make it Worth the Investment

Your education is an investment in your personal growth, critical thinking skills, and future career possibilities. Whether you’re looking to earn a degree or get career training, your MUS education can be life-changing and seriously increase your earning potential. Choose an MUS school for an affordable education with a big impact.
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If you want something and you have the determination to do it, nobody can take your education away from you. You can take it back home and do better for your community.
Kyani St. Goddard
Dental hygiene student at Great Falls College

Numbers Don't Lie

The value of your MUS education is far more than just the cost of tuition. Your time at an MUS school can change your life and is sure to improve the trajectory of your future and your career. Learn how you can have an experience that is truly priceless at a price that fits your budget.
savings available through Dual Enrollment program
savings on in-state Montana tuition versus the national average
earnings increase for four-year degree holders versus high school graduates

Understanding Annual Tuition and Fees

The biggest cost associated with college is the cost of tuition. This is the price you pay for the courses you take each term. 

Attending an MUS school as a Montana state resident allows you to pay in-state tuition, which is generally a much more affordable option than going to an out-of-state school. The types of colleges you are interested in attending will also determine the cost of your education, as tuition at a two-year school is generally much lower than tuition at a four-year school. Other college costs include things like housing, transportation, books, insurance, and food.

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Ways to Lower College Costs

You may cut costs by starting at a two-year college to take your general classes and then transferring to a four-year program to take your degree-specific classes, or by living at home while you study. 

Other smart moves like saving for college early, taking dual-enrollment classes in high school, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and having a student job can help lower the overall cost.