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27 Colleges
1,661 Yearly Graduations
$31,048 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,561 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, Montana is ranked #47 in the country with 1,661 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $7,762 per year to get their degree at a college in Montana, while out of state students will pay an average of $13,538 per year.

An estimated 53% of college students in Montana take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,140 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
203 Yearly Degrees
$3,450 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 478 full-time undergraduates at Great Falls College Montana State University, and 1,071 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

50% of Great Falls College Montana State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,148 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,800 during the early-career years.

#2

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
176 Yearly Degrees
$7,430 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at The University of Montana is 9,808, of which 6,975 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,654 are full-time. For undergraduates at UM, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

Roughly 53% of students at UM take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,953 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
170 Yearly Degrees
$7,371 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,230 undergraduates at MSU Bozeman, of which 12,026 are full-time, and there are 16,218 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at MSU Bozeman is 4.7 years.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 55% are men and 45% are women.

38% of MSU Bozeman students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,758 a year. MSU Bozeman has a 5.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MSU Bozeman is $33,500.

Public Public vs. Private
138 Yearly Degrees
$5,980 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Montana State University - Billings is 4,000, of which 3,602 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,985 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Montana State University - Billings is 4.7 years.

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,117 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Montana State University - Billings with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Flathead Valley Community College

Kalispell, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
111 Yearly Degrees
$6,735 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,049 students at Flathead Valley Community College in total, 716 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,922 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Flathead Valley Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
106 Yearly Degrees
$5,955 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 988 undergraduates at Montana State University - Northern, of which 729 are full-time, and there are 1,024 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Montana State University - Northern is 4.3 years.

48% of Montana State University - Northern students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,441 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,600 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
92 Yearly Degrees
$3,589 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 679 students at Highlands College of Montana Tech in total, 293 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 57% of students at Highlands College of Montana Tech take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,492 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Highlands College of Montana Tech is $38,300.

#8

Montana Academy of Salons

Great Falls, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
85 Yearly Degrees

There are 87 students at Montana Academy in total, 87 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,065 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Public Public vs. Private
82 Yearly Degrees
$3,507 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,324 students at Helena College in total, 331 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,473 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Helena College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Salish Kootenai College

Pablo, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
80 Yearly Degrees
$6,399 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 570 full-time undergraduates at SKC, and 716 students altogether. It takes the average SKC undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Roughly 15% of students at SKC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,899 a year. SKC has a 4.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from SKC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
68 Yearly Degrees

There are 32 full-time undergraduates at Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts, and 32 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,199 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#12

Bold Beauty Academy

Billings, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
65 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Bold Beauty Academy is 98, which includes 98 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

53% of Bold Beauty Academy students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,085 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bold Beauty Academy is $13,900.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
50 Yearly Degrees

There are 50 students at PMI Dillon in total, 50 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Approximately 96% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $12,691 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.0% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

#14

University of Providence

Great Falls, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
34 Yearly Degrees
$26,662 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Providence is 1,005, of which 790 students are undergraduates and of those, 528 are full-time. It takes the average University of Providence undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 99% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $10,135 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from University of Providence with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Bitterroot School of Cosmetology

Hamilton, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
30 Yearly Degrees

There are 15 full-time undergraduates at Bitterroot School of Cosmetology, and 15 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Bitterroot School of Cosmetology is 86%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

#16

Carroll College

Helena, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
27 Yearly Degrees
$37,262 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,100 undergraduates at Carroll Montana, of which 1,065 are full-time, and there are 1,108 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,561 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Carroll Montana is $37,400.

#17

Academy of Cosmetology

Bozeman, Montana
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
24 Yearly Degrees

There are 33 full-time undergraduates at Academy of Cosmetology, and 33 students altogether. Academy of Cosmetology has a freshman retention rate of 86%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,923 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
23 Yearly Degrees

There are 18 students at Butte Academy of Beauty in total, 18 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1.

Approximately 42% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,200 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#19

Rocky Mountain College

Billings, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
22 Yearly Degrees
$30,586 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 839 undergraduates at Rocky, of which 816 are full-time, and there are 1,014 students altogether. It takes the average Rocky undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 71%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,205 a year. Rocky has a 7.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rocky is $30,100.

#20

Miles Community College

Miles City, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
19 Yearly Degrees
$5,910 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 294 full-time undergraduates at Miles Community College, and 567 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

73% of Miles Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,823 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Miles Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Stone Child College

Box Elder, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
12 Yearly Degrees
$2,645 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 311 students at SCC in total, 147 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $10,600 during the early-career years.

#22

Aaniiih Nakoda College

Harlem, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
10 Yearly Degrees
$2,410 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Aaniiih Nakoda College is 143, which includes 94 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $14,500 during the early-career years.

#23

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
9 Yearly Degrees
$3,370 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 417 students at BCC in total, 298 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $11,900 during the early-career years.

#24

Dawson Community College

Glendive, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$5,580 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 377 students at DCC in total, 233 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,375 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Little Big Horn College

Crow Agency, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
7 Yearly Degrees
$3,200 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 157 full-time undergraduates at Little Big Horn College, and 211 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Little Big Horn College is $14,300.

Other Montana Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Montana Technological University 6
27 Fort Peck Community College 4

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