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.

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 2018-19 academic year this is equivalent to a scholarship of $14,969.

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.

Prior to Autumn 2018, WUE recipients were not eligible for the UM Need Grant. Beginning in Autumn 2018, WUE recipients may be eligible for limited need grant funding.

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)

For Autumn 2019, eligibility for the WUE is based upon a student’s unweighted cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT results. If a student takes the SAT or ACT multiple times, UM will "super score" the results, i.e. take the best sub-scores from multiple tests to determine eligibility for awards.

Awarding happens based on the scores and grades available when the student is admitted. If a student later improves their GPA or test scores, they will need to petition for reconsideration using the Scholarship Appeal Form.

For Autumn 2019, incoming transfer students pursuing a first bachelor's degree will qualify for the WUE scholarship with a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.5 to 4.0.

Students from western states, who do not qualify for the WUE, will be considered for the LAS award.

Please visit with your Admissions Counselor to determine the amount of your award.

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

To complete a degree in the required time-frame, most students must earn an average of 15 credits per semester.

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. Courses taken through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) are not WUE eligible and are not counted in meeting the requirement to be full-time.

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 wishing to establish MT residency cannot do so while receiving the benefit of the WUE scholarship.

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 & UM Need Grant

In addition to the LAS scholarship, students 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.

The LAS scholarship and the UM Need Grant are tuition designated awards. As such, they 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.

For Autumn 2019, eligibility for the LAS is based upon a student’s unweighted cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT results. If a student takes the SAT or ACT multiple times, UM will "super score" the results, i.e. take the best sub-scores from multiple tests to determine eligibility for awards.

Awarding happens based on the scores and grades available when the student is admitted. If a student later improves their GPA or test scores, they will need to petition for reconsideration using the Scholarship Appeal Form.

Please visit with your Admissions Counselor to determine the amount of your award.

For Autumn 2019, incoming transfer students pursuing a first bachelor's degree will qualify for the LAS if they meet the following criterion:

  • $11,000* with a 3.50 or higher cumulative transfer GPA
  • $10,000 with a 3.25-3.49 cumulative transfer GPA
  • $9,000 with a 3.00-3.24 cumulative transfer GPA
  • $8,000 with a 2.75-2.99 cumulative transfer GPA

 * Students from western states who meet this criterion will receive the WUE instead of the LAS.

If an incoming freshman 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

To complete a degree in the required time-frame, most students must earn an average of 15 credits per semester.

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). Courses taken through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) are not counted in meeting the requirement to be full-time. The scholarship is not available for use in the summer term.

Students wishing to establish MT residency cannot do so while receiving the benefit of the LAS scholarship.

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, establish Montana residency or become distance only students, forfeit the grant. Receiving additional scholarships from UM may reduce or eliminate the UM Need Grant from a student's award. 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). Courses taken through the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning (SELL) are not counted in meeting the requirement to be full-time. 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.