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Cost & Financial Aid

Estimated cost of attendance for the full year 2017-2018

Student Type Tuition and Fees Room and Board Total
In-State $12,454 $14,458* $26,912
Out of State $20,566 $14,458* $35,024


For more information about the cost of attendance including a breakdown of tuition and fees, or to review payment plan options, please visit the Office of Student Accounts web page.

Montclair State University offers many options to help you finance your education, including payment plans and financial aid packages; more 78% of Montclair State students receive some form of financial aid.

To contact someone in the Office of Financial Aid or learn more about the process, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

Admissions Merit Scholarships

Available to first-time, full-time freshmen only. To receive full consideration for a Merit Scholarship award, your admissions application must be complete by January 15, 2018.

The review and qualification process considers your high school GPA, the rigor of your academic coursework, standardized test scores (if submitted with your admissions application), and other information already included in your admissions application. No separate application is required.

Though there is no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT requirement for Merit Scholarship eligibility, successful recipients typically possess a 3.55 or higher GPA (on an un-weighted 4.0 scale) in an academically rigorous curriculum.

Montclair State University has a unique merit scholarship review process. Please note that admissions decision letters and merit scholarship award notifications are mailed separately.

Our process is different from other institutions because Montclair State commits the majority of its institutional funds to need-based awards, affirming our mission as an access institution. Montclair State University serves a talented and striving student population that more accurately reflects the full socio-economic and ethnic diversity of New Jersey. We work to provide diverse populations access to a high-quality, affordable education. One of the ways we do this is through need-based funding.

While we do also offer merit funding, these funds are much more limited than what you might see at another institution. Accordingly, competition for merit funds is high. In order to be as equitable as possible, the admissions team reviews all merit scholarship candidates on a periodic basis between mid December and early February. This rolling review process allows us to compare the incoming class on a relatively level playing field and ensure that those students who are the most qualified are offered funds first.