University of Montana to eliminate some tuition waivers

Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana is planning to eliminate about $2 million in tuition waivers because of budget shortfalls over the next few years, but will continue to honor commitments to Montana military veterans and others who qualify, including Native American residents.

The university says students who currently have waivers will not be affected.

University of Montana will eliminate an estimated $2 million in tuition waivers, or scholarships, over the next two to four years to help reduce its projected shortfall, according to university officials.

Mike Reid, vice president of finance, said the university is facing a $10 million to $12 million shortfall in the 2017 fiscal year, but he said it is still affordable for many residents.

Sharon O'Hare, associate vice president for enrollment and student success, said waivers to out-of-state students will be reduced.

Tuition is about $6,100, compared to about $6,800 at Montana State University in Bozeman.

School officials said UM is transparent about scholarship qualifications, with amounts varying depending on a student's GPA and ACT score, the Missoulian reported (

O'Hare said she does not believe the reductions will have a significant impact on enrollment. She said the university has been working on changing its scholarships for several years.

"We've tightened the criteria, but in some cases, have made a more generous award to the best students," she said.


Information from: Missoulian,

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent Business stories

Related topics

The Associated Press


    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast