Costs and Scholarships

Montclair State 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, international students must plan to pay the entire cost of attending Montclair State.

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 2021-2022:

Estimated Expenses 2021-2022 Academic Year

Expenses Undergraduate (Out-of-State) Master’s (In-State) Weeknight MBA (In-State) Doctorate (In-State) Artist Diploma or Performer’s Certificate
Tuition & Fees $21,031 $13,140 $19,000* $12,050 $10,000
Living Expenses $16,193 $16,193 $16,193 $16,193 $16,193
Miscellaneous Expenses

(includes personal expenses and health insurance)

$5,723 $6,732 $6,732 $6,732 $6,732
Estimated Total $42,947 $36,065 $41,925 $34,975 $32,925

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.


Montclair State offers merit-based scholarships to freshman or transfer international students. Our Presidential Scholarship awards up to $7,000, renewable for up to 4 years, for students who meet certain GPA criteria.

There is no application to fill out! If selected, students will be informed at the time of admission.

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