Montana State Undergraduate Tuition Stalls For One Year, Fees Rise
Montana’s university system freezes undergraduate tuition fees in the state in the upcoming school year and increases them the following year.
Montana has the third lowest four-year tuition cost of the western states, about $ 2,000 a year below average, according to Montana University System Data.
Assistant Commissioner Tyler Trevor said the regular tuition freeze has made the state’s flagship public schools more competitive compared to other Western colleges in recent years.
“We have brought this dial below par where we want to be. More affordable, ”Trevor said.
The University of Montana and Montana State University tuition fees for undergraduate students in the state are approximately $ 7,500 per year. Students living on campus and eating in mess halls pay nearly $ 19,000 per year, with fees.
Flagship Montana schools are getting more expensive than average regional colleges with room, board, and fees included.
Mandatory fees for UMs and MSUs increase from 2% to 3% in fiscal year 2022, which begins in July, under the budget approved by the Board of Regents on Wednesday.
Undergraduate resident tuition fees also climb 3% in four-year public schools in fiscal year 2023.
Higher education commissioner Clayton Christian said the increase in tuition fees usually matches inflation.
Tuition fees at the University of Montana increased in the 1990s and early 2000s as funding for higher education in the state declined. The university system began to freeze tuition fees almost every year after 2006, as the legislature increased funding to universities to make up the difference.
“Where we’ve gotten the bulk of the financial benefit is through state support and making the most of non-resident tuition fees,” Commissioner Christian said.
Undergraduate tuition fees for non-residents are expected to increase by 4% to 5% at UM and MSU over the next two school years.
Kevin Trevellyan is the Yellowstone Public Radio reporting reporter for America.