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Fall Semester 2009 Residence Halls Open................................................................................Sunday, September 6 Classes Begin......................................................................................Wednesday, September 9 Late Registration Fee Applies ($40.00)............................................................ Friday, September 11 STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED FEE PAYMENT OR SIGNED A FEE STATEMENT BEFORE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 WILL BE DISENROLLED FROM CLASSES AND REQUIRED TO RE-REGISTER

Last Day for Registering/Adding Classes.................................................... Thursday, September 17 Last Day for Withdrawing/Dropping Classes with a Partial Refund...............Tuesday, September 29

FA L L S E M E S T E R 2009

Labor Day – OFFICES CLOSED........................................................................Monday, September 7

Columbus Day – CLASSES IN SESSION – OFFICES OPEN (Exchanged for Friday, November 27)................................................................Monday, October 12 Last Day to Drop Classes Without Penalty of Failing (No Refund)......................Tuesday, October 27 Registration for 2010 Spring Semester Begins.................................................Monday, November 2 Veterans’ Day (Observed) – NO CLASSES – OFFICES CLOSED................ Wednesday, November 11 Last Day to Drop a Class with Approval of Advisor and Course Instructor.....Tuesday, November 24 Thanksgiving Holiday – NO CLASSES...........Wednesday, November 25 thru Sunday, November 29 Final Exam Week............................................. Monday, December 14 thru Thursday, December 17 Semester Ends............................................................................................. Thursday, December 17 Residence Halls Close.........................................................................12 noon, Friday, December 18

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Fall 2009 Orientation

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Spring Semester 2010

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Student Services and Activities

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Residence Life

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U-Card

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Applying for Financial Aid

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The Cost of Your Education

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GET

ACQUAINTED familiar

FA L L 2 0 0 9 O R I E N TAT I O N

attend orientation for Fall 2009 Please complete the registration form found in the back of this guide. .........................................................................................................................

New Student Orientation Overnight Orientation and Registration Days For students who will be living on campus, are interested in or would like more information on living in the residence halls, choose one of these Orientations. In addition to registering for classes and touring the campus on day two, you will meet and connect with other new students, stay overnight in the residence halls to experience living on campus, and participate in student life activities.

June 8-9 • July 23-24 Orientation and Registration Days June 9 • June 26 July 24 • July 31 August 10

Have you taken a break from school for a few years? We invite you to attend one of the

Parents and family members are encouraged to attend.

following evening orientation sessions or schedule an individual advising and orientation session. Please call us at 406-657-2888 to arrange your individual visit.

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June 18 (3:00 - 7:00 PM) August 5 (3:00 - 7:00 PM)

Please indicate on the registration form if a family member will be attending with you.

Transfer Student Orientation Attend Orientation on these dates to meet other new students, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, learn about services available to MSUB students, and tour the campus.

May 22 • June 22 Transfer students may also schedule an individual advising and orientation session. Please call us at 406-657-2888 to arrange your individual visit.

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Adult Learner Orientation

Additionally, we encourage you to attend Return to Learn on September 3-4, 2009. Please call 406-657-2162 to sign up for Return to Learn! ...................................................................................................

New Student Day Plan to attend New Student Day on September 8, 2009!

On this day, workshops will be available to assist you with your transition to campus and answer any questions you may have. Take advantage of the numerous ways to connect with other new students and your university!


Spring Semester 2010 Residence Halls Open.......................................................................................................................... Monday, January 11 Classes Begin................................................................................................................................. Wednesday, January 13 Late Registration Fee Applies ($40.00)...........................................................................................................Friday, January 15 STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED FEE PAYMENT OR SIGNED A FEE STATEMENT BEFORE FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 WILL BE DISENROLLED FROM CLASSES AND REQUIRED TO RE-REGISTER

SPRING SEMESTER 2010

Martin Luther King Day – NO CLASSES – OFFICES CLOSED....................................................................... Monday, January 18 Last Day for Registering/Adding Classes........................................................................................................Friday, January 22 Last Day for Withdrawing/Dropping Classes with a Partial Refund.........................................................Wednesday, February 3 Presidents’ Day – NO CLASSES – OFFICES CLOSED.................................................................................. Monday, February 15 Registration for 2010 Summer Session Begins.......................................................................................... Monday, February 22 Spring Break – NO CLASSES................................................................................. Saturday, February 27 thru Sunday, March 7 Last Day to Drop Classes Without Penalty of Failing (No Refund)................................................................ Thursday, March 11 Registration for 2010 Fall Semester Begins...................................................................................................Monday, March 15 Spring Mini Break – NO CLASSES.................................................................................... Thursday, April 1 thru Sunday, April 4 Last Day to Drop a Class with Approval of Advisor and Course Instructor........................................................ Thursday, April 8 University Day – NO CLASSES – OFFICES OPEN................................................................................................. Friday, April 23 Final Exam Week......................................................................................................... Monday, April 26 thru Thursday, April 29 Semester Ends................................................................................................................................................ Thursday, April 29 Residence Halls Close........................................................................................................................... 12 noon, Friday, April 30 Commencement.................................................................................................................................................Saturday, May 1

part of the fun

attend new student day for Spring 2010

Schedule an individual advising session to register for classes. Please Contact the Advising Center at 406-657-2240 to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.

Plan to attend New Student Day on January 12, 2010!

On this day, workshops will be available to assist you with your transition to campus and answer any questions you may have. Take advantage of the numerous ways to connect with other new students and your university! Contact New Student Services at 406-657-2888 to sign up.

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New Student Day

Adult Learners Have you taken a break from school for a few years? In addition to attending New

Student Day, we encourage you to attend Return to Learn on January 7-8, 2010. Please call 406-657-2162 to sign up for Return to Learn!

Online Learner Orientation Are you earning your degree completely online? We understand that it may not be possible for you

to come to campus. To register for classes, contact the Advising Center and schedule a phone or online appointment. In addition, please visit MSU Billings Online University at www.msubillings.edu/msubonline for new student information. Online Learner Orientation will be offered for both Fall and Spring students. 3


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TO HELP

successful

your success is our most important goal Services at MSU Billings will help you succeed… • Admissions and Records

S T U D E N T S E RV I C E S A N D ACT I V I T I E S

• Advising Center • Alumni Association • ASMSU Billings • Campus Police and Parking • Career Services • Community Involvement • Dining Services • Disability Support Services • Financial Aid and Scholarships • Fitness Center • Game Room

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• Academic Support Center

• Graduate Studies and Research • Health Services • Information Technology • International Studies • Jackets and Company Bookstores • Library • MSU Billings Foundation • Recreational Activities • Residence Life • Student Opportunity Services • Student Union and Activities • U-Card Office • Veterans’ Affairs


participate in a wide array of opportunities, discover what you are all about, and make a difference… • Band and Choral Ensembles • Campus Concerts and Events • Community Volunteer Experiences • Honors Program • Intramural Sports and Recreational Activities • On Campus Employment Opportunities • Student Clubs and Organizations • Student Government • Student Representatives on Campus Boards and Committees • Student Wellness Programs • Study Abroad and Exchange Programs • Theatre Productions • Tutoring and Mentoring • Yellowjacket Athletics For more information go to www.msubillings.edu/getinvolved

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HOME

RESIDENCE LIFE

We are very excited you have chosen to attend MSU Billings, and we strongly encourage all students to consider living on campus, even if you are from the local area! • Students who live on campus are more likely to be successful in the classroom. • It is easier to get involved in campus life and meet people. • There are more opportunities and access to social and educational programs. • You have easy access to the cafeteria, Fitness Center and gym, Student Union, Academic Support Center, and more.

enhance your college experience… live on campus! Residence Halls Opening and Closing Dates ............................................................................

Fall Semester 2009 Halls Open: Sunday, September 6, 9:00 am Halls Close: Friday, December 18, 12:00 noon ............................................................................

Spring Semester 2010 Halls Open: Monday, January 11, 9:00 am Halls Close: Friday, April 30, 12:00 noon

The advantages of living in the residence halls: Convenience, Comfort, and Community • Student services, activities and programs • Sink in each room • Internet access in every room • 24-hour computer labs with internet in each hall** • Phone jacks in each room* • Free laundry facilities • Kitchenette and microwave on each floor • Free cable hookups, offering over 50 channels, in each residence hall room • Television with cable TV in each floor lounge • Beverage and snack vending machines • Mail service in each residence hall • Resident assistants on each floor • Halls are available over holidays and breaks *Phone service will require a $100 phone deposit for the $300 voice over phone that is required with our plan. Phone service may cost the student $100 per semester and $100 for the entire summer. **Lab is open as long as the front desk is open.

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with friends

living on campus puts you in the heart of the university experience

Hall and Floor Requests All rooms and lounges in Petro and Rimrock Halls are equipped with the same furnishings; they provide the same services and they are both directly adjacent to the Montana State University Billings Student Union Building. Several different living options are available by floor. The possibilities include the following:

3rd Coed Floor Single rooms 4th Coed Floor Single rooms 5th Women’s Floor Double rooms 6th Coed Floor Double rooms 7th Coed Floor Double rooms 8th Coed Floor Double rooms

Room Assignments On the Housing Application, you will be asked to indicate your preferences for the kind of roommate you would like to live with, the type of floor you would like to live on and the hall that you prefer.

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Petro Hall

Rimrock Hall* 3rd Coed Floor Single rooms 4th Coed Floor Single rooms 5th Coed Floor Single rooms 6th Coed Floor Single rooms * Priority singles in Rimrock given to sophomore students and above.

Roommate Preference Requests Please complete the enclosed Housing Application to reserve your room on campus. You may request a specific roommate or you may complete the room selection preferences section to be matched with a roommate. Specific roommate requests must be mutual and must be made prior to July 1 in order to be honored. Room assignments will be available to all residents beginning in mid July. Room assignment status and changes may be checked online at www.msubillings.edu. Click on Student Log-In, enter secure area, choose term and then Residence Life. Due to the many changes that may occur related to room assignments, the Office of Housing and Residential Life reserves the right to make changes in room assignments based on resident preferences, space demands, and program needs.

Room Furnishings Rooms in Petro and Rimrock Halls are approximately 14’ x 11’ in size. Each room contains: • two closets • two desks • a sink • curtains • two beds • two chairs • free cable TV hook ups • internet access

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THE HEART OF on campus

CAMPUS

Double room: $1,490/semester

RESIDENCE LIFE

Single room: $1,885/semester Res Net Fee: $75/semester *Fees have not been approved by the Board of Regents and are subject to change. Residence Hall Information Technology/Internet Fee is assessed to all students living on campus.

Residents who live in the halls for at least one semester, are enrolled in 12 credits or more, and maintain a 3.75 cumulative grade point average are eligible to receive a single room for the price of a double as an incentive for academic achievement.

Meal Plan Costs All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan each semester. Students can select from one of the four meal plan choices listed at right. The dining dollars can be used for coffee and other grab and go items. All meals in Rimrock Café are set up as all-you-care-to-eat and allow students to select from a variety of food options. Please note that meals must be used within each week. Dining dollars will carry from Fall semester to Spring, but will need to be used by the end of the Spring semester. COT students that live in the residence halls can utilize their board meals for lunch at the COT. Although it is not an all-you-care-to-eat option, students can select

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Room Costs

from a variety of meal options during the lunch hour and utilize their meal plan rather than paying cash or using dining dollars.

Gold Plan

$1,165 – 19 meals/wk with $50 dining dollars

Silver Plan

$1,110 – 14 meals/wk with $75 dining dollars

Bronze Plan

$1,095 – 11 meals/wk with $125 dining dollars

Copper Plan

$1,030 – 9 meals/wk with $150 dining dollars *Fees have not been approved by the Board of Regents and are subject to change.

Comparisons to Off Campus Housing in Billings As students consider on campus living, we encourage them to look closely at what their costs might be to live off campus. A brief overview of these cost comparisons includes:

Cost for On Campus Living: Double Room.......... $1,490/semester (4 months) Resnet............................................................ $75

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TOTAL.......................................... $391.25/month The room rates include free laundry, free cable TV, 24-hour computer room access (as long as the front desk is open), internet access in each room, and 24-hour security camera with security on call.

Cost Estimates for Off Campus Living

(1 and 2 bedroom apartments and houses):

Rent.....................................$375 - 750 per month Security Deposit ................................$150 - $350 Phone Hook-up . .....................................$25 - $65 Utility Deposit ....................................... $150 plus Phone Bill .......................................$40 per month Utilities . ..............................$75 - $150 per month Laundry ..........................................$30 per month Travel to Campus ...........................$50 per month Cable TV . .......................................$60 per month High Speed Internet........................$60 per month

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TOTAL................................. $690 - $1,140/month


GET A PLAN prepared On Campus Living Requirement

The U-Card is your identification, meal plan card, and a convenient debit card for campus purchases.

All students with fewer than 30 total credit hours are required to live in the residence halls. The following students are automatically exempt from this requirement:

The Business Operations office (SUB 223) will issue your U-Card. They will encode the magnetic strip on the back of your ID, and your U-Card will then be ready to use. All students may deposit money in their U-Card account; additional deposits may be made at anytime during the semester. Your U-Card deposit may be included on your bill at the beginning of the semester and may be included in your installment payments if you would like.

• Students who reside with their parents • Students over 21 years of age • Students residing with a member of their immediate family (grandparents, brothers, sisters)

For more information regarding the U-Card, stop by the Office of Business Operations, Student Union Building Room 223 or call 406-657-2023.

• Married students

www.msubillings.edu/ucard

• Single parents • Students registering for eleven or fewer credit hours

1. Students who have a particular hardship including a physical or mental condition which would preclude the possibility of living in a residence hall. 2. Students who have other extenuating circumstances that compel an exception. Note: COT students are not required to live on campus, but are eligible and strongly encouraged to do so.

University CAMPUS: Rimrock Cafe (SUB) Stingers Coffee Shop (SUB) LA Express Library Copy Machines Jackets & Company Bookstore Transcripts Graduation Fees Health Service Immunizations Parking Permits and Fines Vending Machines

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SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED ALONG WITH THE EXEMPTION FORM FOR THE FOLLOWING:

U - CA R D

All requests for exemption must be made to the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Please contact the Housing Office, SUB 221, by calling 657-2333 or online at www.msubillings.edu/ reslife if you need an exemption form.

Your U-Card can be used at the following locations: COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY: Book Store Cafeteria Cashier Tool Room

Your U-Card is your responsibility. In the event it is lost or stolen, you are liable for any charges until the Business Operations Office is notified. Your U-Card account may be closed at the end of a semester by completing a withdrawal request at the Business Operations Office, (SUB 223). A refund will be mailed to you less any financial obligation to the University. An account with no activity for one full year will be closed.

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APPLYING FOR

FINANCIAL AID complete

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Apply for Admission to MSU Billings.

A P P LY I N G F O R FINANCIAL AID

Apply for a PIN #. This will be your electronic signature when you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Your parent will also need a PIN # if his or her information is required on the FAFSA. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply for a pin and to complete the FAFSA.

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Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. March 1 is the priority date. Call the Financial Aid Office at 657-2188 if you need assistance. The MSUB Title IV school code is 002530.

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When your FAFSA has been processed you will receive an e-mail notification from the federal processor directing you to a secure link to print your Student Aid Report (SAR). Be sure to read it carefully and follow all instructions. This is your record of application, so keep the SAR in your financial aid information file. Be aware that this e-mail often goes to junk mail. If you file electronically, you should hear from the processor within two weeks of submitting a complete FAFSA. If you do not receive your SAR, or if you have other questions, contact the FAFSA processor at 1-800-433-3243 or visit their web site at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

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The Financial Aid Office will contact you if additional information is required to complete your award. You will receive a post card and an e-mail directing you to your secure link to financial aid communication on the MSUB website. Feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 657-2188 if you have not heard from us in a timely manner.

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Submit requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office as quickly as possible. Delays in responding can lead to a late award offer and can limit the type of federal aid for which you may be eligible.

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Financial Aid award offers are available online through your student secure area. You will receive an e-mail and a post card when your award offer is ready for you to accept/decline. Students who do not have a valid e-mail address will receive a paper award letter. Carefully read all instructions and reply to your award within 30 days.

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If you accept a Stafford Loan, you are required to complete the online loan counseling before the loan funds will be disbursed to your student account. First-time Stafford Loan borrowers at MSUB are required to complete a Master Promissory Note. Both are available at: www.msubillings.edu/finaid/Loans.htm.

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Notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes in enrollment or major. If you receive outside scholarships or benefits such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans’ Benefits, JTPA, or any other funding to help meet your educational expenses, you must notify the Financial Aid Office as this may cause a revision of your award. You must confirm your registration and complete the fee payment 10 process by contacting the Business Office even if your school costs are covered by financial aid or outside sources.

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Student Health Insurance Students enrolled in seven or more credits are required to have some form of health insurance. A student health insurance policy is available to MSU Billings students. Before registering, students will be asked to elect or waive the student health insurance. All students are eligible for health insurance if enrolled for 4 or more credits. The waiver or election process must be completed by the 15th class day of fall and spring semesters. The premiums are paid on a semester basis along with tuition and fees. Those students taking the insurance for spring semester will also be covered during the summer semester, even if they are not enrolled in summer classes. Complete information about the Student Health Insurance program provided by The Montana University Insurance Consortium is available at www.university. bcbsmt.com Please note: All students are eligible to use Student Health Services, whether or not they enroll in the student insurance program.


TUITION AND FEES ready

ESTIMATE

This worksheet will help you compute expenses per semester; it is only an estimate and does not take the place of your bill. Please use the worksheet below as a guide to help you estimate the cost of education. As of publication of this guide, the Tuition and Fees for the 2009-2010 academic year have not been determined. We have provided the following information for you as a guide to help you estimate your expenses. The fees listed below are an estimate of the expenses you will need to consider when financing your education. The tuition and fees have not been approved by the Board of Regents and are subject to change. When you attend New Student Orientation, we will provide you with an updated tuition and fee schedule. We will also update our web page as tuition and fees are approved.

Tuition Estimates Per Semester Senior Campus

Resident

WUE

Non-Resident

12-18 credits

$2,586

$3,636

$7,043

(these are 08-09 rates increases pending Board of Regents approval)

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COT Campus

Resident

WUE

Non-Resident

12-18 credits

$1,815

$2,486

$3,535

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Worksheet

THE COST OF YO U R E D U CAT I O N

(per semester)

Fall Spring ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1. Tuition and Fees (# of credits) .............................................................................................................................................................................................................

2. Housing (Optional – see page 8)

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3. Resident Meal Plan (see page 8)

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4. U-Card (Optional – see page 9)

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5. Insurance (Optional – see page 10)

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6. Parking (Optional – see page 12)

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7. New Student Services Fee

$75

$0

8. ID Card

$15

$0

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9. Installment Charge ($30)

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The total amount due (Line 12), or the first installment must be paid before the third day of classes: Fall: 9/11/09 Spring: 1/15/10

10. Total Expenses

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11. Less Any Financial Aid and Scholarships (Consult your Financial Aid Award Offer)

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12. Amount Due

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If On Installment Plan:

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13. Divide Line 12 by 4

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Books and Supplies: Please note that books and supplies were not included in the worksheet figures. Please plan accordingly for this cost at the beginning of the semester. Expenses for books and miscellaneous supplies average $500 per semester. You must make a payment or payment arrangements with the Business Office in order to keep your course registration.

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Parking: Parking permits are required for those students parking on the University and COT campus. Annual Permit (One Entire Year) – $75 Academic Permit (Fall and Spring) – $70 Semester Permit (Fall or Spring only) – $40 Evening Permit (evenings only) – $30 Motorcycle Permit – $12 Summer – $22 New Student Services Fee: Applies only to new students – $75 for transfer and freshmen. ID Card: $15 for the first card. Cards are meant to last 5 years. $15 thereafter to replace a lost or stolen ID card.

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Extra Class Fees: This may include special charges for classes such as lab fees, some activity courses, online courses, and some special courses. Contact the Business Office for details. Installment Payments: Students have the option of paying their balance due in four installments. The charge for this service is $30. A $15 charge is assessed for each late payment.

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Miscellaneous Fees

Fee Payment You will receive a bill prior to each semester. This statement reflects the current charges on your account based on the information we have at that time (it may not include parking, additional fees, or financial aid). All students must contact the Business Office by the end of the first week of classes to make payment arrangements. NOTE: You may also view your student account through the secure student log-in on the MSUB website.

Three ways to pay your tuition bill: 1. By Mail 2. In Person 3. Online View your student account online through the secure student log-in on the MSU Billings website:

www.msubillings.edu


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