Cost Information

Detailed student fee tables can be found on the Student Accounts Tuition and Fees page.

*Students enrolled for 6 credits or less have the option of paying an additional amount to cover Activity, Campus Recreation, and clinical services provided by the Curry Health Center.

**Mandatory health insurance coverage with right of waiver is required for all students.

Fee Payment Information

Students must finalize their bill to complete the registration process. Finalizing your registration is the process for accepting your classes and informing the University that you are actually going to attend classes. Please read carefully the finalization and fee payment details and instructions available on Cyberbear.

Please note the following:

  • Schedule bills are not snail mailed anymore; student bills are available on Cyberbear and will be e-mailed via the student's umontana e-mail address.
  • Students who have graduate assistantship contracts are not automatically finalized. They must go through the process listed at the web site above.
  • If fees are not paid by the deadlines outlined on the Cyberbear web site above  a $80.00 late fee will be assessed. If students still have not finalized by the 15 day of class, for a late petition of $160.
  • If students do not register and pay by the end of the third week of the semester, they will be dropped from their graduate program and must then file for readmission. Readmission procedures are available in the Readmission section.
  • Students who are graduating must have active graduation paperwork and register for at least 1 terminal credit by the end of the third week  or they will not be able to graduate.
  • Newly admitted students must also be registered, finalized and paid by the end of the third week of the semester or their files will be inactivated.

Residency Qualifications

The University of Montana classifies students, including applicants for admission, as either in-state or out-of-state for fee purposes. The following are general guidelines for a person wishing to establish in-state status:

  • Except for some exceptions, a person must reside in Montana for 12 continuous months and not be out of the state more than a total of 30 days.
  • The 12-month waiting period typically begins when a person takes one of the following actions:     
    • Registers an automobile in Montana
      (should be done immediately upon moving to the state)
    • Obtains a Montana driver's license
      (should be done within 90 days of the start of the 12-month waiting period)
    • Registers to vote in Montana
    • Purchases a home in Montana
    • Files a resident Montana individual income tax return
      (all taxable income earned during the 12-month waiting period and thereafter for as long as in-state status is desired, should be reported on a resident Montana individual income tax return)

During the 12-month waiting period, a person is expected to act in a manner
consistent with Montana residency and do all those things required by law of a
Montana resident.

  • If attending school during the 12-month waiting period, registering for more than 6 credits per semester (including summer school) creates a strong presumption you are here for educational purposes and will likely disqualify you from achieving in-state status.
    Each residency case is based on a unique set of facts. For more information about individual cases, prospective students and applicants should contact the Graduate School Office at (406) 243-2672 or email us with questions about residency requirements.

The Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education has more specific information on residency on their website at

Additional information

For more information on student health insurance, please contact the Curry Health Center at (406) 243-2122 or view their web site.

For a complete explanation of The University of Montana fees, refund policy, deferred payment plan and other expenses, please see the online University Catalog section on expenses.

The University's fee schedule is subject to change by the Montana University System Board of Regents without prior notice