PAYMENT OPTIONS

Tuition Assistance (TA)

The U.S. Armed Services offer tuition assistance (TA) to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel who fulfill certain requirements. TA is a distinct source of financial aid for eligible service members and is mandated to be the first payer of their college tuition.
Prior to enrolling, eligible service members must receive approval for TA funding from an Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their branch of service.

Students can enroll in TA-qualifying courses at the University of Montana, Missoula College, Bitterroot College, or an online program. As much as 100% of the tuition rate is covered by TA for academic credit hours – undergraduate or graduate – that cost $250 or less (up to $4,500 each fiscal year). The tuition cost, along with certain course-specific fees, is paid by the student’s branch of service directly to the University of Montana. Students using TA are responsible for paying the difference in tuition rates above $250 per credit hour, along with any fees not covered by TA.

TA is a form of "Third Party Billing" at the University of Montana and all third party billing is handled by the Student Accounts Office, please submit paperwork to the Student Accounts office:

UMstudentaccts@mso.umt.edu
(406) 243-2223

The University of Montana Military and Veterans Services Office acts as a liaison for military-affiliated students, please contact us with questions or concerns:

vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu
(406) 243-2744

We recommend talking about your financial planning by consulting with the University of Montana's Financial Education Program to ensure you are set up for success.

FinancialEducation@umontana.edu
(406) 243-2684

Students in the Montana Army and Air National Guard are eligible for many different funding opportunities while pursuing higher education at the University of Montana.

VA Education Benefits: Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Selected reserves, please visit our Getting Started page for more information on how to apply and use this benefit.

Montana National Guard Tuition Waiver (MTNGTW): This is a Montana University System waiver that is available for qualified service members, please visit Award Montana for more information.

  • The waiver only waives tuition, not fees, and will be applied after other forms of funding have been applied.
  • Do not have to be using TA to apply for the waiver
  • Do not have to be degree-seeking to apply for the waiver
  • Graduate students are eligible for the waiver
  • Does not apply toward flat fee courses

Military Tuition Assistance (TA): Tuition Assistance is a first payer and can be combined with Chapter 1606 and MTNGTW, for more information please review the ALL STUDENTS USING TA and BRANCH SPECIFIC TA INFORMATION on this page. 

 

All Students using TA

The U.S. Armed Services offer tuition assistance (TA) to active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel who fulfill certain requirements. TA is a distinct source of financial aid for eligible service members and is mandated to be the first payer of their college tuition.
Prior to enrolling, eligible service members must receive approval for TA funding from an Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their branch of service.

Students can enroll in TA-qualifying courses at the University of Montana, Missoula College, Bitterroot College, or an online program. As much as 100% of the tuition rate is covered by TA for academic credit hours – undergraduate or graduate – that cost $250 or less (up to $4,500 each fiscal year). The tuition cost, along with certain course-specific fees, is paid by the student’s branch of service directly to the University of Montana. Students using TA are responsible for paying the difference in tuition rates above $250 per credit hour, along with any fees not covered by TA.

TA is a form of "Third Party Billing" at the University of Montana and all third party billing is handled by the Student Accounts Office, please submit paperwork to the Student Accounts office:

UMstudentaccts@mso.umt.edu
(406) 243-2223

The University of Montana Military and Veterans Services Office acts as a liaison for military-affiliated students, please contact us with questions or concerns:

vetsoffice@mso.umt.edu
(406) 243-2744

We recommend talking about your financial planning by consulting with the University of Montana's Financial Education Program to ensure you are set up for success.

FinancialEducation@umontana.edu
(406) 243-2684

Students in the Montana Army and Air National Guard are eligible for many different funding opportunities while pursuing higher education at the University of Montana.

VA Education Benefits: Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Selected reserves, please visit our Getting Started page for more information on how to apply and use this benefit.

Montana National Guard Tuition Waiver (MTNGTW): This is a Montana University System waiver that is available for qualified service members, please visit Award Montana for more information.

  • The waiver only waives tuition, not fees, and will be applied after other forms of funding have been applied.
  • Do not have to be using TA to apply for the waiver
  • Do not have to be degree-seeking to apply for the waiver
  • Graduate students are eligible for the waiver
  • Does not apply toward flat fee courses

Military Tuition Assistance (TA): Tuition Assistance is a first payer and can be combined with Chapter 1606 and MTNGTW, for more information please review the ALL STUDENTS USING TA and BRANCH SPECIFIC TA INFORMATION on this page. 

 

Scholarship Opportunities and Information

For scholarship opportunities through the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Montana University System, please visit their site: Award Montana

This includes, but is not limited to, the following opportunities:

Montana Honorable Discharge Waiver

National Guard Tuition Waiver

War Orphans Tuition Waiver

and many more...

 

Honorably Discharged Veteran Waiver.

a. Veterans From the Vietnam Era and Before (i.e., served anytime prior to May 8, 1975) - All honorably discharged persons who served with the United States forces in any of its wars and who are bona fide residents of the State of Montana for fee and tuition purposes are eligible for a waiver. This waiver shall not apply to persons who qualify for education stipends or other veterans’ educational benefits under federal law or regulation and shall apply only to those who have at some time qualified for benefits but whose benefits have expired or been exhausted.

b. Post-Vietnam Era Veterans (i.e., service began after May 7, 1975) - Veterans serving in the armed forces subsequent to the conflict in Vietnam are eligible for a waiver if the following conditions are met:

     1)

          a)The veteran has been awarded an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, or

          b) The veteran served in a combat theater in the Persian Gulf between August 2, 1990 and April 11, 1991 and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, or

          c)The veteran has been awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal.; or

          d)The veteran served in a combat theater in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 and received either the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Iraq Campaign Medal. For purposes of this policy any of the above noted medals shall be deemed to have been “awarded” to an individual if the individual was eligible for the medal but chose to receive another medal in lieu thereof.

     2) The veteran is pursuing his or her initial associate degree or initial baccalaureate degree.

     3) The veteran elected to become eligible for educational benefits under Title 38, Chapter 30 or 32, of the United States Code (or a successor federal program granting educational benefits based on active duty in the regular armed forces of the United States) and has exhausted such benefits or is no longer eligible for such benefits because of the passage of time. Participants in the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) or any similar contributory program who withdraw any portion of their contribution before the expiration date for their benefits are not eligible for the waiver.

     4) The veteran is a resident of Montana eligible for in-state tuition and fees under the policies of the board.

The Montana Honorably Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver eliminates tuition costs charged to a qualifying student. It does not, however, waive any other charges.

Montana University System Policy and Procedures Manual

Honorable Discharge Waiver Application

 

For more information about the Montana National Guard Tuition waiver please review the brochure and application below. You may also contact the Financial Aid Office or Business Services Office for more information about processing.

Montanan National Guard Tuition Waiver Brochure

Montanan National Guard Tuition Waiver application

Award Montana

For scholarship opportunities through the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Montana University System, please visit their site: Award Montana

This includes, but is not limited to, the following opportunities:

Montana Honorable Discharge Waiver

National Guard Tuition Waiver

War Orphans Tuition Waiver

and many more...

 

Honorably Discharged Veteran Waiver.

a. Veterans From the Vietnam Era and Before (i.e., served anytime prior to May 8, 1975) - All honorably discharged persons who served with the United States forces in any of its wars and who are bona fide residents of the State of Montana for fee and tuition purposes are eligible for a waiver. This waiver shall not apply to persons who qualify for education stipends or other veterans’ educational benefits under federal law or regulation and shall apply only to those who have at some time qualified for benefits but whose benefits have expired or been exhausted.

b. Post-Vietnam Era Veterans (i.e., service began after May 7, 1975) - Veterans serving in the armed forces subsequent to the conflict in Vietnam are eligible for a waiver if the following conditions are met:

     1)

          a)The veteran has been awarded an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, or

          b) The veteran served in a combat theater in the Persian Gulf between August 2, 1990 and April 11, 1991 and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, or

          c)The veteran has been awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal.; or

          d)The veteran served in a combat theater in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 and received either the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Iraq Campaign Medal. For purposes of this policy any of the above noted medals shall be deemed to have been “awarded” to an individual if the individual was eligible for the medal but chose to receive another medal in lieu thereof.

     2) The veteran is pursuing his or her initial associate degree or initial baccalaureate degree.

     3) The veteran elected to become eligible for educational benefits under Title 38, Chapter 30 or 32, of the United States Code (or a successor federal program granting educational benefits based on active duty in the regular armed forces of the United States) and has exhausted such benefits or is no longer eligible for such benefits because of the passage of time. Participants in the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) or any similar contributory program who withdraw any portion of their contribution before the expiration date for their benefits are not eligible for the waiver.

     4) The veteran is a resident of Montana eligible for in-state tuition and fees under the policies of the board.

The Montana Honorably Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver eliminates tuition costs charged to a qualifying student. It does not, however, waive any other charges.

Montana University System Policy and Procedures Manual

Honorable Discharge Waiver Application

 

For more information about the Montana National Guard Tuition waiver please review the brochure and application below. You may also contact the Financial Aid Office or Business Services Office for more information about processing.

Montanan National Guard Tuition Waiver Brochure

Montanan National Guard Tuition Waiver application

Other Financial Support Opportunities

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

“Army Emergency Relief has always been an important tool for Commanders.  In my nearly 40 years of service, I repeatedly witnessed the impact Army Leaders had on their Soldiers’ lives by sending them to their AER Office for financial assistance.

AER provided $70 million in loans and grants to 40,000 Soldiers and Families in 2019. This incredible amount of assistance was possible due to the support of our generous donors. Since our founding in 1942, this organization has relied on the comradery and generosity that exists between our men and women in uniform.”

–  Gen. John F. Campbell, Chairman, U.S Army Retired

For more information please visit: https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/

The University of Montana's Financial Education Program offers one-on-one financial counseling sessions as well as regularly scheduled workshops on a range of topics such as:

  • FAFSA – file your FAFSA and understand your Financial Aid package
  • Financial Aid Process – understand how federal aid works and examine your borrowing trends
  • Loans – prevent over-borrowing and discuss what will happen to your loans after graduation
  • Budgeting – balance long-term goals against short-term needs
  • Credit – use credit wisely to build a strong credit score and pay off credit card debt
  • Savings – ways to save, reach financial goals and prepare for financial emergencies 

For more information please visit their site at: https://www.umt.edu/financial-education/default.php

Who can get an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if

  • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but

  • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and

  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and

  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

    For more information please visit: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grants/iraq-afghanistan-service

Army Emergency Relief

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

“Army Emergency Relief has always been an important tool for Commanders.  In my nearly 40 years of service, I repeatedly witnessed the impact Army Leaders had on their Soldiers’ lives by sending them to their AER Office for financial assistance.

AER provided $70 million in loans and grants to 40,000 Soldiers and Families in 2019. This incredible amount of assistance was possible due to the support of our generous donors. Since our founding in 1942, this organization has relied on the comradery and generosity that exists between our men and women in uniform.”

–  Gen. John F. Campbell, Chairman, U.S Army Retired

For more information please visit: https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/

The University of Montana's Financial Education Program offers one-on-one financial counseling sessions as well as regularly scheduled workshops on a range of topics such as:

  • FAFSA – file your FAFSA and understand your Financial Aid package
  • Financial Aid Process – understand how federal aid works and examine your borrowing trends
  • Loans – prevent over-borrowing and discuss what will happen to your loans after graduation
  • Budgeting – balance long-term goals against short-term needs
  • Credit – use credit wisely to build a strong credit score and pay off credit card debt
  • Savings – ways to save, reach financial goals and prepare for financial emergencies 

For more information please visit their site at: https://www.umt.edu/financial-education/default.php

Who can get an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if

  • you are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but

  • meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and

  • your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and

  • you were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent’s or guardian’s death.

    For more information please visit: https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grants/iraq-afghanistan-service