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Affordability

Discover Montclair State University’s Value

We believe that education should be accessible to everyone. Montclair State offers the quality, variety and academic environment you expect from a top-tier University – at a highly competitive cost. With more than 74% of our students receiving some form of financial aid, our commitment to affordability will make it easier for you and your family to make a smart and practical financial investment.

A Montclair State education affords you the very best return on your investment. So much so that Money Magazine included us on its “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. We offer many options that can help make college affordable, including payment plans, loans, merit scholarships, grants and work-study programs.

Merit Scholarships

The Presidential Scholars Program and National Student Scholarship invite high-achieving students from coast to coast to experience New York City from a quiet suburban campus that’s just 12 miles away.

Presidential Scholars Program
 The Presidential Scholars Program is designed for New Jersey’s most talented and successful students. Representing just over 10 percent of the freshman class, Presidential Scholars receive a $20,000 scholarship and academic advantages, including specialized learning communities.

To be eligible for the Presidential Scholars Program you must be a New Jersey high school student with an unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) with a demonstrated record of rigorous high school study. 

National Student Scholarship
 The National Student Scholarship offers in-state tuition to academically qualified students from across the country. To be eligible, you must be an out-of-state high school student with an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 

 

Get Ahead and Save Money

Montclair State also offers unique opportunities that allow students to save time and money, including our Red Hawk Advantage Summer Program, Five-Year Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs and Early College Programs.

Red Hawk Advantage Program
 Our Red Hawk Advantage Program is designed to help incoming freshmen transition to college by providing a strong academic foundation, individualized advisement, a supportive learning environment, enrichment activities and a stronger connection to the University. These students earn six college credits from two courses and save approximately 40% per credit compared to the fall tuition rate. 
Five-Year Bachelor's/Master's Programs
 At Montclair State, we have 38 five-year bachelor’s/master’s programs – more than any other institution in the state. These combined degree programs allow up to 12 credits to be applied toward an undergraduate and graduate degree, all at undergraduate tuition rates. Offered in everything from Accounting and Art to Spanish and Sustainability Science, these programs are an attractive, efficient and affordable option for students seeking a competitive edge when they enter the job market. 
Early College Programs
 Academically ambitious high school students have an exciting opportunity to complement high school study with Montclair State University coursework. Through our Early College Programs, rising juniors and seniors earn transferable college credits, experience the rigors and expectations of college-level classes, learn alongside Montclair State University students and engage in courses taught by University professors on campus or online. These programs save students up to 30% in tuition compared to normal semester rates. 

 

Cost and Financial Aid

New Jersey residents pay $13,073 per year for full-time tuition and fees and out-of-state residents pay approximately $21,055 per year. Average room and board charges for the school year are $13,342, depending on which residence hall, type of (residence hall) room and meal plan are selected.

Our Financial Aid Department is unwavering in its commitment to secure financial assistance for all who need it. Students and families have several options to help finance their Montclair education including federal and state financial aid, student loans and payment plans. 

To ensure students and parents are well prepared for any and all additional costs that come with attending a university, we’ve put together a list to guide you through.