Costs, Scholarships, and Assistantships

Montclair State University remains committed to making education affordable for all international students, regardless of their country of origin. As a public institution, we cannot administer need-based financial aid to international students. Unless awarded a merit-based scholarship or assistantship, international students must plan to pay the entire cost of attending Montclair State University. International students on F-1 on J-1 status will be charged out-of-state tuition.

Scholarships for Undergraduate Freshmen

Montclair State University offers merit-based scholarships to freshman international students.

Qualified students can receive our Presidential Scholarship.

This scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years and is offered to students who meet certain GPA criteria. Students who qualify will be automatically awarded this prestigious scholarship.

Students will be required to maintain a minimum GPA to continue to receive this award. More information is provided upon acceptance.

Assistantships for Graduate Students

A limited number of assistantships are available for master’s and PhD. students. Students interested in applying for an assistantship for the fall must complete their application prior to March 1. Assistantships for spring are limited.

Please note that assistantships are highly competitive. Students should be prepared to finance their own education through personal/family/sponsor funds or loans obtained in their home country.

Read more here:

General Assistantship Information

Assistantship Application Process


As part of our deep commitment to providing our students with a high quality and affordable education, Montclair is giving our students access to ScholarshipUniverse. This tool brings together external scholarships in one convenient portal for our Red Hawks to access as much funding as possible. Students will be matched with best fit opportunities based on their profile.

This tool is available for DEPOSITED students only (NetID will be required for access).

For more information and FAQ’s about ScholarshipUniverse, please see here.

Cost of Attendance

The federal government requires Montclair State University to verify that prospective students have sufficient funds to be able to live and study in the U.S. for their first year of study before being issued a Form I-20. F-1 students are required to take a full-time course load each fall and spring semester (12 credits for undergraduate, 9 credits for master’s, MBA, doctorate, and 6 credits for Artist Diploma or Performer’s Certificate).

The table below provides the estimated minimum cost of living in the U.S. and studying at Montclair State University for 9 months (one academic year). These estimates do not include the cost of living and studying in the summer; if you plan to remain in the U.S. during the summer, you will need to ensure that you have additional funds for tuition and fees, living expenses, and miscellaneous expenses.

If your program is longer than one academic year, please project the funding that you will need for the following years by planning for an overall increase of 2-3% per year.

The figures below are an estimate for costs like tuition, fees, books, living expenses, and required health insurance for academic year 2023-2024:

Estimated Expenses 2023-2024 Academic Year

*Exact fees to be announced in summer 2023

   Undergraduate       Master’s             Doctorate       Undergraduate Special Rate Programs Artist Diploma or Performer’s Certificate
Tuition & Fees $25,935 $18,551 $14,117 $14,312 $11,395
Living Expenses $17,495 $17,495 $17,495 $16,574 $17,495
Miscellaneous Expenses
(includes books, travel, and personal expenses)
$8,904 $8,904 $8,904 $6,976 $8,904
Health Insurance $2,872 $2,872 $2,872 $2,695 $2,872
Estimated Total $55,206 $47,822 $43,388 $40,557 $40,666

For a full list of programs, see our Estimated Costs page.

All tuition, fees, and room and board charges are subject to change upon approval of the University’s Board of Trustees. Room and board cost reflects an average cost, considering all housing options and meal plans.

*Please note that the “Tuition and Fees” amount that is listed on the MBA website is for students taking 6 credits per semester.  F-1 students are required to take a full-time course load each fall and spring semester, so the estimated amounts in the above table reflect the cost of studying full-time (9 credits/term for MBA students).

Dependents: You must submit proof of additional funds in the amount of $6,000 for each dependent spouse and $4,000 for each dependent (minor) child who will accompany you to the U.S.