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Paying for Graduate School

Tuition   &   Fees


Fall & Spring

Financial   Awards

Montana Tech provides numerous opportunities for financial assistance for Graduate students, including teaching and research assistantships, tuition waivers and scholarships.

To apply for financial awards at Montana Tech, please fill out and send in the Financial Award Application.

Teaching and Research Assistantships (GTA / GRA) 

Graduate Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants are student employees.  Follow the steps below to begin:

Complete Student Employment paperwork:

  1. print the appropriate student employment paperwork from the Student Employment website
  2. complete all paperwork
  3. have the department or person you will be working for complete the appropriate section(s)
  4. return the paperwork to Career Services (ENG 103).

It is important to complete and return your student employment paperwork on time.  Students are not authorized to begin working his/her supervisor receives an “Authorization to Work” from the Student Employment Office. Incomplete paperwork will be returned to your and may delay  your paychecks. 

International students must have a United States Social Security Card to work on campus. The Social Security Administration General Information and Services may be reached by calling 1-800-772-1213. The Butte Office is located at 2201 Harrison Avenue and may be reached by calling 1-888-632-7068.

Other Information about Student Employment

  • Timecards are due on the 18th of each month. 
  • Teaching and Research Assistants will receive four (4) paychecks per semester:  October-January for Fall employement; March-June for Spring employment.
  • Graduate assistants MUST be registered for classes and have all student employment paperwork completed by August 20, 2012, or their paperwork will be delayed to the next month.  The first paycheck received will be October 2012, after the end of the registration drop/add period.
  • GTAs cannot exceed 20 hours of work per week between all of their campus jobs.

Assistantship Continuation

  • Eligibility to continue an award is determined by the Department on a semester-by-semester basis and is based upon the following criteria as well as the availability of funds: 1) satisfactory progress toward the degree; 2) maintaining a 3.0 Grade Point Average; and 3) continued registration for at least 6 credits at the 4000-5000 level for the duration of this award.
  • Because award funds are very limited and there are other applicants who are also interested in receiving funding, we ask that you confirm your acceptance of these awards by signing and returning your award letter immediately.

Tuition Waivers

Tution Waivers are given by the department and waive either In-State Tution and/or Out-of-State Tution.  Eligibility to continue an award is determined by the Department on a semester-by-semester basis and is based upon the following criteria:

  1. availability of funds
  2. satisfactory progress toward the degree
  3. maintaining a 3.0 Grade Point Average
  4. continued registration for at least 6 credits at the 4000-5000 level for the duration of the award.

Little Scholarship

The Ronald & Jessie Little Graduate Endowed Scholarship was established for Montana Tech graduate students who have returned to school after working in industry for a minimum of eight (8) years.  Apply for the Little Scholarship if you recieved your Bachelor's Degree more than eight years ago and have worked in industry since you graduated.


The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) was established over 55 years ago to promote the sharing of higher education resources among Western states. One of the programs established is the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). WRGP makes many high quality graduate programs available at reasonable cost to students in 15 Western states. More importantly, it includes a wide range of graduate programs designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West.

The following states participate in WICHE/WRGP:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
    Northern Marianas Islands
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Students enrolling through WRGP are eligible to enroll at resident rates of tuition in these 15 states, and are not required to demonstrate financial need.

The following programs are part of the WRGP-WICHE Program at Montana Tech:

  • Metallurgincal/Mineral Processing
  • Technical Communications
  • Geosciences