In 2014, tuition for full-time students at Helena College University of Montana was $2,606 a year for in-state students and $8,608 a year for out-of-state students.
On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.
Remember, the total cost of tuition isn't the final cost for attending college. Many students owe much less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. And, student loans can make thecost of college more manageable until after graduation.
Helena College University of Montana is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $2,606 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for students who are residents of that state.
Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state tuition can cut the cost of college tuition. Be sure to verify your state's eligibility criteria for in-state tuition. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be other criteria as well, depending on the state you and your parents currently live in.
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Helena College University of Montana has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
International students are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may qualify for private or Helena College University of Montana-specific aid and scholarships.
Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Helena College University of Montana.
Helena College University of Montana doesn't provide on-campus housing for students, so there is no cost for housing, however you should take into account other housing costs when evaluating the cost of different schools
Meal-plan costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.
The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The actual cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.
The majority of colleges charge some yearly fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
There may be optional fees associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer ways so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these fees.
The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation.
A school's location can impact transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in a city is sometimes pricey, but cities may offer more trains, busses and affordable flights to actually get to school. Helena College University of Montanais located in a small town setting in Montana.
When estimating your budget for college, don’t forget to consider the cost of things like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.
Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better estimate of how much students can expect to shell out for Helena College University of Montana.
What will the cost of attending Helena College University of Montana be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
In 2022, 324 of the 1,430 undergrads enrolled received financial aid.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $5,786 a year. Around 75% of Helena College University of Montana undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Helena College University of Montana graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $14,068 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Most Common Loans for Helena College University of Montana Students|
Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Helena College University of Montana financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2022, Helena College University of Montana awarded 238 need-based scholarships to students.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Helena College University of Montana students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Helena College University of Montana was $5,786 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Helena College University of Montana seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
|Net In-state, Off-campus||$5,858|
Note: a negative number can indicate that a refund will be given to use toward other expenses such as housing, fees, and books. In such cases, be sure to reach out to the school directly for any clarification or questions.
What will attending Helena College University of Montana really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families understand the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Helena College University of Montana's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.
Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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