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Paying for College

Accepting Financial Aid Award

Bitterroot College students accept their Financial Aid awards using the UM's CyberBear online system.

To accept your Financial Aid Award via CyberBear, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to UM Login
  2. Log on to your CyberBear account
  3. Click on the Student Services tab
  4. Click on the Financial Aid header
  5. Click on the My Award Information header
  6. Click on the Award By Aid Year header
  7. Read and complete each numbered tab in order

IMPORTANT

Tab 5 – Accept My Offer — Be sure to accept or decline all grants and loans; loan amounts may be accepted in full or in part

Tab 6 – What’s Next — Be sure to complete all Unsatisfied Disbursement Requirements

If you accepted any financial aid (grants or loans), you may be chosen for Verification

If you accepted loans, you must:

  • Complete Loan Entrance Counseling
  • Sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN)
    • For Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN), go to studentloans.gov
      • You will need your FAFSA PIN to sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Download printable accepting Financial Aid Award instructions (also includes instructions for registering for classes, paying registration bill, and obtaining financial refund)

Useful Financial Aid Handouts, Forms, and Links:

Verification Links:

Any documents requested by the Missoula College Financial Aid Office may be returned to Bitterroot College Advising and Enrollment Services Coordinator Kathleen O'Leary (contact at (406) 375-0100 or

For more detailed information on Financial Aid, visit UM Financial Aid or contact the Missoula College Financial Aid Office at (406) 243-7886 or