Colleges in Montana are within two public university systems - the Montana State University and University of Montana. There are a few private schools and community colleges. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Big Sky State:
College Scorecardtells us alums from the Montana State University earn among the highest average salary. 10 years after starting school, the average alum from Montana State University earns $71,400. Meanwhile, the 2018 mean annual wage earned in Montana is $43,860. You do the math!
There are several tuition savings options in Montana. For example, the Achieve Montana program is a 529 savings plan. The program offers tax advantages such as tax free withdrawals, tax-deferred earnings, and tax deductions. Tax deductions for Montana residents can be up to $3,000 or $6,000 if married.
Also, the savings can be used at any two or four year college around the USA. It can be used towards tuition, fees, books, equipment and room and board. It's a great way to save tax-free money for college!
Montana is also a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program. This program enables students to pursue degrees in one of 15 Western states at an in-state tuition rate. Montana is active in all three Student Access Programs. According to WICHE, Montana students have saved $124 million since 1988. In 2018, Montana saved about $8.8 million! Other participating states include Idaho and North Dakota.
Top Montana colleges were ranked by total student population.
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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
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