Members of the Montana Air National Guard can now apply for a full tuition waiver at all schools in the Montana University System beginning in fall of 2020.

A student who is a member of the MT National Guard is eligible for a tuition waiver, provided the student:

  • Is a member of the MT National Guard at the start of each semester for which the student is enrolled
  • Is certified as a MT National Guard member in good standing who has completed Initial Entry Training
  • Has applied for and is eligible to receive Military Federal Tuition Assistance prior to each eligible semester
  • Does not hold a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Maintains reasonable academic progress in accordance with the campus’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy used in administering federal financial aid
  • Has an outstanding tuition balance after applying all other sources of aid (see award calculation example below)

Eligible campuses:

  • MSU Bozeman
  • Great Falls College MSU
  • UM Missoula
  • MT Tech
  • Bitterroot College UM
  • MSU Billings
  • City College MSU
  • UM Western
  • Missoula College UM
  • Flathead Valley Community College
  • MSU Northern
  • Gallatin College MSU
  • Helena College UM
  • Highlands College MT Tech
  • Miles Community College
  • Dawson Community College

Montana National Guard members who do not meet the residency requirements but do meet the criteria listed above, are eligible for in-state tuition status for purposes of applying the tuition.

The tuition Waiver is a last dollar award and is calculated based on the in-state tuition rate.

Here's how to apply:

  • Applicants must apply for this waiver each academic year no later than the third week of the first semester for which you are requesting the waiver
  • Apply for a PELL grant on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.FAFSA.gov)
  • Apply for and be eligible to receive Federal Tuition Assistance prior to each semester