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27 Colleges
1,661 Yearly Graduations
$30,323 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,988 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Montana ranked #47 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 1,661 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 $7,581 per year to get their degree at a college in Montana, while out of state students will pay an average of $13,250 per year.

An estimated 54% of college students in Montana take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,997 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
203 Yearly Degrees
$3,418 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 523 full-time undergraduates at Great Falls College Montana State University, and 1,218 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

49% of Great Falls College Montana State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,860 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% 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
$7,354 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at The University of Montana is 10,487, of which 7,714 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,163 are full-time. It takes the average UM undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at UM take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,104 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
$7,325 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,760 undergraduates at MSU Bozeman, of which 12,359 are full-time, and there are 16,692 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

Roughly 46% of students at MSU Bozeman take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,859 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.3% which is much lower than the average 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
$5,933 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,416 students at Montana State University - Billings in total, 4,031 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,216 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

50% of Montana State University - Billings students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,438 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Montana State University - Billings is $30,400.

#5

Flathead Valley Community College

Kalispell, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
111 Yearly Degrees
$6,377 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,406 students at Flathead Valley Community College in total, 773 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,277 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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 1,073 students at Montana State University - Northern in total, 1,022 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 794 are full-time. It takes the average Montana State University - Northern undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Around 66% of accepted students are men, and 33% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at Montana State University - Northern take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,495 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Montana State University - Northern is $33,600.

Public Public vs. Private
92 Yearly Degrees
$3,579 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Highlands College of Montana Tech is 707, which includes 328 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,654 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.4% 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 82 students at Montana Academy in total, 82 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

72% of Montana Academy students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,227 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Public Public vs. Private
82 Yearly Degrees
$3,455 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Helena College University of Montana is 1,423, which includes 428 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

46% of Helena College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,542 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,900 during the early-career years.

#10

Salish Kootenai College

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

There are 690 students at SKC in total, 558 are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at SKC is 4.2 years.

Roughly 20% of students at SKC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,574 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SKC is $20,100.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
68 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts is 66, which includes 66 full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts is 92%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Approximately 63% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,094 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.9% 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 110, which includes 110 full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Bold Beauty Academy is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,254 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Bold Beauty Academy with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $13,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
50 Yearly Degrees

There are 55 students at PMI Dillon in total, 55 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Roughly 67% of students at PMI Dillon take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,739 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#14

University of Providence

Great Falls, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
34 Yearly Degrees
$25,892 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 998 students at University of Providence in total, 785 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 484 are full-time. For undergraduates at University of Providence, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,919 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.4% 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

The total student population at Bitterroot School of Cosmetology is 14, which includes 14 full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Bitterroot School of Cosmetology is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

64% of Bitterroot School of Cosmetology students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,098 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#16

Carroll College

Helena, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
27 Yearly Degrees
$36,280 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Carroll College is 1,231, of which 1,216 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,140 are full-time. For undergraduates at Carroll Montana, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

57% of Carroll Montana students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,547 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Carroll Montana with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Academy of Cosmetology

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

The total student population at Academy of Cosmetology is 39, which includes 39 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 31 to 1.

Approximately 39% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,371 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
23 Yearly Degrees

There are 28 full-time undergraduates at Butte Academy of Beauty, and 28 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1.

74% of Butte Academy of Beauty students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,382 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.1% 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
$29,552 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,000 students at Rocky in total, 850 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 829 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 64%. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Rocky take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,959 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,100 during the early-career years.

#20

Miles Community College

Miles City, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
19 Yearly Degrees
$5,715 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 312 full-time undergraduates at Miles Community College, and 567 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

67% of Miles Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,318 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,800 during the early-career years.

#21

Stone Child College

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

There are 159 full-time undergraduates at SCC, and 318 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SCC is $10,600.

#22

Aaniiih Nakoda College

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

There are 99 full-time undergraduates at Aaniiih Nakoda College, and 131 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 $14,500.

#23

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
9 Yearly Degrees
$3,010 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 285 full-time undergraduates at BCC, and 366 students altogether. BCC has a freshman retention rate of 97%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Students who graduate from BCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $11,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Dawson Community College

Glendive, Montana
Public Public vs. Private
8 Yearly Degrees
$5,430 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Dawson Community College is 447, which includes 214 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

50% of DCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,871 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,300 during the early-career years.

#25

Little Big Horn College

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

There are 261 students at Little Big Horn College in total, 214 are full-time undergraduates. 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 Tech of the University of Montana 6
27 Fort Peck Community College 4

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