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My Award Letter

Award Letter Information

My Electronic Award Letter
All steps are required to complete the process

Step 1: My Award Letter
All students must sign.  It is illegal for any other individual (even a parent) to accept aid on behalf of a student. Award Letters for 2015-2016 are no longer available online.  Please visit the financial aid office.  Award letters for 2016-2017 will begin to be available after April 21st.

Important instructions:

  • Click on the "Ready to Sign" link below only AFTER reading all of these bullets
  • Log In to Dawgs using your Student ID (8000#) and PIN (Your 6 digit date of birth unless you changed it)
  • Click on "Financial Aid" first, then "Award", then "Award By Aid Year" (2017-2018)
  • Follow All Instructions to move through the tabs and submit your award
  • Return to this screen and complete Steps 2 and 3 if needed (see instructions for each step)
Ready to Sign

Step 2:  Loan Entrance Counseling (New Borrowers!!)

If you have accepted a loan at Montana Western, you MUST complete the online entrance counseling.  Click on the link below to complete this process.

Federal Direct Loan Counseling

Step 3:  Signing Electronic Federal Direct Master Promissory Note (New Borrowers!!)

If you are a student loan borrower you must fill out a Master Promissory Note (MPN) to receive your loan funds.  Click on the link below to fill out your Direct Loan Master Promissory Note.

Signing my Direct Loan Master Promissory Note

Step 4: 

Parent Loans for Dependent Students

If your parent is interested in borrowing a Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan and you accepted the PLUS loan in step one above, your parent needs to clink the link below:

Parent PLUS Loan for parents only

Did you complete the above steps?

You have completed your online award letter.

Parent PLUS Loans

Parent PLUS Loans

Parent Borrowers Only!
Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Application Process

To receive a Parent PLUS Loan at The University of Montana Western, you must answer "yes" to all of the following questions:

  1. Has your child applied for admission and been accepted into an eligible program at Montana Western?
  2. Has your child applied for federal financial aid through the FAFSA form? Has it been processed and the results received by our school?
  3. Has your child received a financial aid award letter for the 2017-2018 school year?
  4. Have you completed (and returned) a Montana Western PLUS Direct Loan Application for Parents?
  5. Parents who have completed all of the steps above can now click on the button below to complete the Parent PLUS Loan Request Process: 
Click Here to Apply Online

Federal Direct Loans at Montana Western

Federal Direct Loans

Attention all students!

If you have not borrowed a student loan before, you MUST complete a Federal Direct Master Promissory Note.  ALL students new to Montana Western MUST complete loan entrance counseling online and attend a live session to receive loans.  Live sessions are scheduled at various times throughout the year. 

Federal Direct Loan Processing

To receive a Federal Direct Loan at Montana Western, you must be able to answer YES to ALL of the following questions:

  • Have you been accepted into an eligible degree program at Western?
  • Have you applied for federal financial aid through the FAFSA form? Has it been processed and the results received at Western?
  • Has your financial aid award letter been sent to you for the 2015-2016 school year?
  • Have you been awarded a Federal Direct student loan for the 2015-2016 school year?

If you meet all the conditions mentioned above, you can now click on the link below to sign your Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and complete online Federal Loan Entrance Counseling: 

Click Here to Apply Online

For assistance signing your Direct Loan MPN, call MUS Student Financial Services at 800-537-7508


Scholarship Information

The Foundation Office of the University of Montana Western is pleased to provide you with information regarding scholarship opportunities.  There are a number of scholarships for both new and returning students and the links below describes them in more detail.

New Student Scholarship List

Returning Student Scholarship List

Those students interested in applying for scholarships should follow the link below to our online application form.  The scholarship application is due by January 1st.  Scholarship awards for the next academic year will be made by April 15.

Students who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming may qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship. Students who are residents of a WUE state who have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA or a 2.7 cumulative college GPA will automatically be considered for this scholarship if their admissions file is completed no later than July 1. Returning students who receive the WUE scholarship must maintain a 2.7 cumulative GPA (reviewed annually) to maintain their WUE scholarship status.

For more information on WUE Scholarships, please go to:

WUE Information

Montana Western Costs

Montana Western Costs

Tuition for 2014-15 is an average since the Board of Regents has approved a two-tiered plan, a lower tuition for underclassmen and a higher tuition for upperclassmen.  Living expenses includes room and board, transportation costs, and miscellaneous costs and are estimated based upon on-campus costs, student surveys, national data, etc.  The loan fees are an average of the loan origination fee of approximately 3% for all loans.  On award letters, loan fees and transportation are listed under miscellaneous expenses.

If you would like to see our current Cost of Attendence, click COA.   

The costs listed in the link above do not include course specific lab fees that may be assesed on a student by student basis, nor does it include estimated miscellaneous expenses and estimated transportation.

Students attending Montana Western are required to carry health insurance.  A charge for health insurance is automatically added to all student accounts each semester.  To waive these charges, students must demonstrate proof of insurance to the Business Services Office at the start of each semester.

The financial aid budget, also called the Cost of Attendance, includes average tuition, fees, books, supplies and standardized living expenses for the student only. Expenses of family members cannot be included in the budget, except for dependent care expenses. Financial aid "need" is determined by subtracting the expected family contribution (EFC) and other education resources (i.e., Job Service benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation or SRS, Tribal Education Funding, and scholarships) from the cost of attendance.

Veteran and Military Educational Benefits Information

Veteran and Military Educational Benefits Information

If you qualify to use Veterans Educational Benefits to pay for school, please select the link below to access a check-list and instructions for applying to use your benefits at Montana Western:

Post 9-11 GI Bill

Dependent Transfer of Entitlement for Post 9-11 GI Bill

Survivors and Dependents Benefits

Active Duty Reserves (1606 or 1607)

Tuition Assistance for Army/National Guard

Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation

If you have questions regarding the above processes, please contact Jennifer Fox VA Certifying Official, at (406) 683-7515

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