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27 Colleges
1,428 Yearly Graduations
$30,528 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,194 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Montana ranked #49 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2021. Around 1,428 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $7,632 per year to get their degree at a college in Montana, while out of state students will pay an average of $13,029 per year.

An estimated 50% of college students in Montana take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,798 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

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

The total student population at Great Falls College Montana State University is 1,071, which includes 478 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 50% of students at Great Falls College Montana State University take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,148 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Great Falls College Montana State University is $30,993.

#2

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
168 Yearly Degrees
$7,528 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Montana State University is 16,218, of which 14,230 students are undergraduates and of those, 12,026 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Approximately 38% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,758 a year. MSU Bozeman has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,384 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
147 Yearly Degrees
$6,022 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,602 undergraduates at Montana State University - Billings, of which 1,985 are full-time, and there are 4,000 students altogether. For undergraduates at Montana State University - Billings, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

48% of Montana State University - Billings students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,117 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Montana State University - Billings with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,441 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
141 Yearly Degrees
$7,492 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. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 82%. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,953 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UM with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,787 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
100 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.

57% of Highlands College of Montana Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,492 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Highlands College of Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,445 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

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

Approximately 48% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,441 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 Montana State University - Northern with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,908 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Flathead Valley Community College

Kalispell, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
96 Yearly Degrees
$6,721 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 716 full-time undergraduates at Flathead Valley Community College, and 2,049 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans is $4,922 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Flathead Valley Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,929 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

University of Providence

Great Falls, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
81 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. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of Providence is 4.3 years.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at University of Providence take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,135 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% 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 $34,490 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Montana Academy of Salons

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

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

71% of Montana Academy students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,065 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,077 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
71 Yearly Degrees
$3,477 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.

Roughly 43% of students at Helena College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,473 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Helena College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,147 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
56 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts is 32, which includes 32 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1.

Roughly 41% of students at Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,199 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $14,888 during the early-career years.

#12

Salish Kootenai College

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

There are 570 full-time undergraduates at SKC, and 716 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,899 a year. SKC has a 4.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,345 during the early-career years.

#13

Academy of Cosmetology

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

The total student population at Academy of Cosmetology is 33, which includes 33 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Academy of Cosmetology. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,923 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Academy of Cosmetology with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,452 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Rocky Mountain College

Billings, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
22 Yearly Degrees
$31,335 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Rocky Mountain College is 1,014, of which 839 students are undergraduates and of those, 816 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Rocky is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,205 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rocky is $38,362.

#15

Carroll College

Helena, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
21 Yearly Degrees
$38,106 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,108 students at Carroll Montana in total, 1,100 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,065 are full-time. It takes the average Carroll Montana undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 84%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,561 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $43,187 during the early-career years.

#16

Bitterroot School of Cosmetology

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

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

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $13,897 during the early-career years.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
14 Yearly Degrees

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

Roughly 42% of students at Butte Academy of Beauty take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,200 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $13,424 during the early-career years.

#17

Miles Community College

Miles City, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
14 Yearly Degrees
$6,090 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.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,823 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Miles Community College is $34,204.

#19

Fort Peck Community College

Poplar, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
13 Yearly Degrees
$2,250 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 328 students at Fort Peck Community College in total, 164 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Students who graduate from Fort Peck Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $16,894 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
10 Yearly Degrees
$3,610 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Blackfeet Community College is 417, which includes 298 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 29 to 1.

Students who graduate from BCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $17,231 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
10 Yearly Degrees
$7,346 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,431 undergraduates at Montana Tech, of which 1,323 are full-time, and there are 1,650 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Montana Tech is 4.7 years.

Around 90% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 57% are men and 43% are women.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,482 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,445 during the early-career years.

#22

Dawson Community College

Glendive, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$5,745 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Dawson Community College is 377, which includes 233 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 58% of students at DCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,375 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,774 during the early-career years.

#23

Stone Child College

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

There are 147 full-time undergraduates at SCC, and 311 students altogether. 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 $9,744 during the early-career years.

#24

Aaniiih Nakoda College

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

There are 94 full-time undergraduates at Aaniiih Nakoda College, and 143 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Aaniiih Nakoda College is $18,507.

#24

Little Big Horn College

Crow Agency, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
3 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $18,305 during the early-career years.

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