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Regents Approve Tuition Hikes for Montana University System


The Montana Board of Regents has approved tuition hikes across the state university system over the next two years. 

The Missoulian reported that in-state undergraduate tuition will remain the same for another year, increasing by 3 percent in 2023.

This will raise tuition in that year to $5,824 at Montana State University (MSU), $5,515 at the University of Montana (UM), $5,878 at Montana Technological University, and $4,620 at MSU-Billings.

Non-Resident and Graduate Students

Out-of-state and graduate students will be subject to slightly higher tuition increases.

Non-resident undergraduate students attending UM and MSU will see a 4 percent increase in 2022, bringing the cost of attendance per semester for both institutions at $26,112 and $26,087 respectively. 

Meanwhile, resident graduate students enrolled in Missoula will see a 4.6 percent increase in 2022. For those living outside Montana, MSU plans to adopt a 4 percent increase in tuition while both UM and MSU-Billings will charge 5 percent more.

Regent Opposition

Regent Todd Buchanan was the only member of the board that voted against the various tuition hikes. He initially proposed an amendment that would eliminate the 3 percent increase for resident undergraduate students. However, the other regents were not on board with the idea. 

“I really believe that our responsibility is to serve the resident students. I truly also believe that non-resident students subsidize the quality of the education on campuses and they’re a market of learners that we treat much differently than our resident students,” Buchanan said.

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