Types of Aid: Scholarships for New Students

MSU Northern freshman scholarships and awards are available to those seeking undergraduate bachelor degree programs only. We have a limited number of scholarships for transfer students, as well.

The following scholarships are for new first-time freshman only:

Chancellor’s Scholarship
The Chancellor’s Scholarship is the most prestigious honor bestowed on an incoming resident freshman, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 per year, for up to four years. $1,000 will be applied as a tuition waiver and $1,000 as a scholarship. To be considered for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, resident freshmen should complete the new student application. To retain the Chancellor’s Scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater; complete at least 15 credits per semester; maintain full-time, resident status; and enroll continuously (except summer).

MSU Northern Scholar Program

MSU-Northern rewards student excellence. We know that excellence in the high school classroom takes hard work and dedication, so the MSU-Northern's Scholar Program rewards outstanding students with:

  • Tuition scholarships of either $500 or $1000 per year, renewable for up to four years
  • Priority Registration for classes each semester

The Scholars Program accepts students who meet the following criteria:

  • In-State - The student went to High School in Montana
  • New - The student has not attended any other universities (note: dual enrollment does not disqualify a student)
  • First-Year - The student is not already enrolled at MSU-Northern (note: dual enrollment does not disqualify a student)
  • 3.5 GPA - The student had at least a 3.5 GPA cumulative throughout high school
  • 20 ACT - The student scored at least a 20 on the ACT

 Other Requirements:

  • Priority Deadline for the Scholars Program is February 7th, 2020
  • Students must apply to earn Scholars Program scholarships, they are not awarded automatically upon application to the university

Lions Club Scholarship
New, incoming freshmen from the following areas will be given preference for the Lions Club Freshman Scholarships: North Star Public School, Turner, Dodson, Malta, Chinook, Havre, Box Elder, Rocky Boy, Big Sandy and CJI Public Schools. Please fill out and return the paper application to Havre Lions Club, PO Box 248, Havre, MT 59501.
     Lions  Club Legacy Student Scholarship Application

Scholarships for new and transfer students by area:

Other Awards and Waivers

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Awards

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Awards will be available for each academic year. Only legal residents of the following states may be considered for WUE Scholarships at Montana State University-Northern: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). WUE recipients must also be US Citizens or permanent residents.

Students who apply for admission, and meet the WUE parameters below, will be offered the WUE award which is worth approximately $40,000 over a four year period. WUE award recipients will be billed at a tuition rate which is only 150% of the resident tuition. New freshmen may retain their WUE Award (which is a tuition rate) for up to four academic years (8 semesters). Students who are awarded a renewable WUE Award must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, enroll for a minimum of 15 credits a semester, and maintain non-resident status and continuous enrollment to retain the award throughout their four years at MSU-Northern.

American Indian Tuition Waiver

The American Indian Tuition Waiver is available to Montana residents who are at least one-quarter American Indian blood or are enrolled members of a state of federally recognized Indian tribe which is located within the boundaries of the State of Montana. Students must also demonstrate financial need. For more information contact the MSU-Northern Office of Financial Aid at (406) 265-3787 .

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Senior citizen waivers are available to Montana residents who are at least sixty-five years old. For more information contact the Financial Aid office at (406) 265-3787 .


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