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Paying for College

Estimated Cost of Attendance

A college education is one of the most important investments you will make in your life, especially when that college is located in the United States. Make sure you are financially prepared by knowing the types of expenses you may incur while attending Montana Tech.

The table below outlines the estimated minimum costs required to attend Montana Tech for one academic year (9 months). The “Total/Academic Year” cost figure is the amount that undergraduate international students will need to show access to in order to receive a form I-20 from Montana Tech. Applicants who plan to bring dependents to Butte should add $3,000 USD for a spouse and $1,500 USD for each dependent under the age of 21 to the total estimated cost.

Montana Tech 2017/18 Estimated Expenses
Undergraduate Estimated Minimum Expense
2017-2018
Tuition & Fees $10,985
Room & Board $4,725
Health Insurance $1,710
Books & Supplies $550
Transportation $950
Miscellaneous $825
Semester Total $19,745
Academic Year Total $39,490
IMPORTANT: Tuition costs are subject to increase by the Montana Board of Regents without prior notice. The amounts listed are estimates. Actual expenses may vary based on program of study and the number of credits taken.

Explanation of Expenses


Direct Costs

Direct costs are the items that are paid directly to Montana Tech in the form of tuition & fees and room & board. The total of these two figures is typically used when comparing the cost of education among various colleges and universities. Direct costs include:

  • Tuition & Fees: Tuition and fees are the price you pay for taking classes at Montana Tech each semester. This amount can change based on your academic program, the types of classes you take, and the number of credit hours you take. The table above estimates tuition and fees based on a student taking 15 credits a semester with no specialty lab or program fees. In addition to basic educational costs, tuition and fees support student activities and provide access to the student health center, computer services, and athletic events.
  • Room & Board: Room and board is the combine costs for housing and food while attending Montana Tech each semester. This amount can change based on the type of room and meal plan you choose. The table above estimates room and board based on a double-occupancy room and a 7-day per week meal plan. If you decide to live off-campus, you’ll have your own rent and meal costs to consider in your estimate.
Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are the items that a student will likely incur while attending college in the U.S., but are not paid directly to Montana Tech. These expenses are highly variable and will fluctuate depending on each individual student’s needs and lifestyle. Indirect costs include:

  • Health Insurance: Montana Tech requires all students to have medical insurance for hospitalization or referral beyond Montana Tech’s Student Health Services. Students may purchase medical insurance through a campus-approved policy at the beginning of each semester. Students who can prove that they have insurance coverage that is equal to, or better than, that provided by Montana Tech are eligible to waive the insurance option during fee payment.
  • Books & Supplies: Books and supplies are the estimated total of all the course materials you will need while attending Montana Tech each semester. This amount can change depending upon the classes and number of credits you take. Textbooks and other materials can be purchased at the Montana Tech Bookstore.
  • Transportation and Miscellaneous Expenses: Transportation and miscellaneous expenses include things like laundry, cell phone bills, and gas money. These items will vary depending on your lifestyle and how often you plan to travel home.

Summer Living Expenses

International students may choose to remain in the United States during the regular three-month vacation period (mid-May through mid-August), which is not part of the regular academic year. Students who stay in the United States should plan to spend at least another $1,500 for living expenses. Students who wish to enroll for summer semester courses should expect to pay tuition and fees comparable to those listed above. Summer expenses are not reflected in the Total/Academic Year cost figures above or elsewhere.


Student Visa & SEVIS Fees

In addition to the expenses outlined above, international students should be prepared for costs associated with obtaining a student visa and the Department of Homeland Security’s $200 SEVIS fee, which supports the continued operation of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. Students entering the U.S. from a land border port of entry will also need $6 USD for their I-94 Arrival/Departure record when crossing the border.