KBUL Newsroom - The Montana University System expects to offer tuition waivers and scholarships worth more than $48 million to more than 3,600 students statewide. The dollar amount has grown nearly $8 million in the last five years. MSU is the largest and fastest growing campus in Montana, and awards the most free tuition. This year it plans to award $24.8 million in tuition waivers and scholarships, or about double 2010. Academicians suggest the reason MSU and hundreds of universities like it award tuition waivers is that it’s a great way to attract the students that colleges really want.

The No. 1 group receiving MSU’s tuition waivers are high-achieving students from outside Montana. No. 2 are Montana high school honors students. Waivers also go to Montana Native Americans, university employees and their dependents, National Merit scholars and more. Read more at billingsgazette.com.