Non-Resident Scholarships for Entering Students

Non-resident undergraduates pursuing their first bachelor's degree are automatically considered for either the Western Undergraduate Exchange program (WUE) or the Leadership, Achievement and Service scholarship (LAS). Only students who are residents of western states are eligible for the WUE.

The application for admission serves as the scholarship application. Awarding begins November 15.

To maximize grant and scholarship opportunities, new students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA, and apply for departmental and renewable scholarships through the UM Scholarship Portal. High school students can start earning UM micro-scholarships as early as their freshman year of high school through the RaiseMe program.

New international undergraduates are not eligible for these scholarships but are considered for the International Students Scholarship.

LAS scholarships are tuition designated. They cannot exceed the cost of tuition when combined with other tuition designated awards such as tuition waivers.

Students who do not qualify for a scholarship upon entry to UM, but choose to attend anyway, cannot qualify for one of these scholarships at a later date. However, they are encouraged to apply for continuing student scholarships.

WUE

Students awarded the WUE scholarship receive a discounted tuition rate equivalent to 150% of resident tuition. For the 2016-17 academic year this is equivalent to a scholarship of $15,267.

For students entering UM in the fall of 2016, WUE recipients had an average unweighted GPA of 3.80 and test scores of either 28 on the ACT or 1800 on the SAT (old test format prior to March 2016). Transfer students had a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5.

The WUE will not appear as a scholarship on the award letter, but rather will be reflected as reduced tuition on a student's bill.

WUE recipients are not eligible for the UM Need Grant.

WUE Details

Applicants must be first time incoming students to The University of Montana (freshman or transfer) from:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

Scholarships earned on RaiseMe represent a guaranteed minimum amount of institutional scholarship or grant aid a student will receive from the university.

If a student receives the WUE or other UM scholarship/grant that in combination is larger than what they earned through RaiseMe, the amount earned on RaiseMe is included in those other awards.

If an incoming freshmen qualifies for the WUE program it is renewable for four years.

For transfer students, the number of years for which the scholarship is renewable is based on the number of transfer credits accepted by UM.

  • 0-29 credits, 4 years
  • 30-59 credits, 3 years
  • 60+ credits, 2 years

The scholarship will automatically be renewed if at the end of the spring semester a student has been enrolled full-time (12 credits or more), each term, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Students who are not continuously enrolled (except summers), transfer to Missoula College, establish Montana residency or become distance only students, forfeit the scholarship. WUE recipients cannot also receive the LAS scholarship and cease to be eligible for the WUE upon completion of a bachelor's degree.

The WUE scholarship can be used during summer terms.

Students who do not meet scholarship conditions may appeal for reinstatement using the Continuing Student Scholarship Appeal Form.

Post-baccalaureate students (i.e. students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree) and graduate students are not eligible to receive the WUE.

LAS

In addition to the LAS scholarship, students from non-western states with demonstrated financial need may also be eligible for a UM Need Grant. To be considered for this grant a student must file the FAFSA.

Currently, LAS scholarships range from $5,000 to $10,000, and the UM Need Grant ranges from $3,000 to $5,000.

The UM Need Grant is a tuition designated award. As such, it cannot exceed the cost of tuition when combined with other tuition designated awards such as tuition waivers.

LAS & UM Need Grant Details

Scholarships earned on RaiseMe represent a guaranteed minimum amount of institutional scholarship or grant aid a student will receive from the university.

If a student receives an LAS scholarship or other UM scholarship/grant that in combination is larger than what they earned through RaiseMe, the amount earned on RaiseMe is included in those other awards.

If an incoming freshmen qualifies for the LAS scholarship it is renewable for four years.

For transfer students, the number of years for which the scholarship is renewable is based on the number of transfer credits accepted by UM.

  • 0-29 credits, 4 years
  • 30-59 credits, 3 years
  • 60+ credits, 2 years

The scholarship will automatically be renewed if at the end of the spring semester a student has a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Students who are not continuously enrolled (except summers), transfer to Missoula College, are awarded the WUE, establish Montana residency or become distance only students, forfeit the scholarship. LAS recipients cease to be eligible for the LAS upon completion of a bachelor's degree.

The scholarship will not be disbursed in any given semester until the student is enrolled full-time (12 or more credits). The scholarship is not available for use in the summer term.

Students who do not meet scholarship conditions may appeal for reinstatement using the Continuing Student Scholarship Appeal Form.

Post-baccalaureate students (i.e. students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree) and graduate students are not eligible to receive the LAS.

Only non-resident students who first began attending UM in the Autumn of 2017 or later (2016 or later if from a non-WUE state), are eligible for the UM Need Grant.

If a student's EFC changes, the amount of the grant may also change. To be considered for the grant in subsequent years, a student must re-file the FAFSA and continue to demonstrate financial need.

Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the grant. If a student is ineligible for federal aid because they cannot complete their degree in the maximum time frame they are also ineligible for the grant.

Students who transfer to Missoula College, are awarded the WUE, establish Montana residency or become distance only students, forfeit the grant. Recipients cease to be eligible for the UM Need Grant upon completion of a bachelor's degree.

The grant will not be disbursed in any given semester until the student is enrolled full-time (12 or more credits). The grant is not available for use in the summer term.

Post-baccalaureate students (i.e. students who have previously earned a bachelor's degree) and graduate students are not eligible to receive the UM Need Grant.