We know the out-of-state cost to attend MSU is high and we are investing heavily to increase affordability and accessibility for non-resident students. The following scholarships are awarded to incoming domestic out-of-state freshmen for tuition purposes, pending available funding, and are contingent upon students maintaining out-of-state residency status. In most instances, no additional applications are required.
The MSU Non-resident Scholarship designates award levels for domestic out-of-state students based on high school GPA at the end of junior year. All out-of-state students who apply to MSU as a freshman are automatically considered. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible for additional merit-based scholarships at MSU. For a more detailed and personalized representation of how this could reduce your final tuition cost, please use our net price calculator.
Students living in Ohio or Pennsylvania are not eligible for this award. Please refer to scholarship information by state for more details.
Note: Students who choose to apply without a test score (test optional) will be eligible for scholarships up to $15,000 based on high school performance and a holistic review of their application material.
Red Cedar Scholarship
Awarded to dependents or grandchildren of MSU alumni; $1,250 annually for eight semesters.
Presidential Study Abroad Scholarship
Awarded for use with an MSU-sponsored or co-sponsored study abroad program; $3,000 or $5,000 depending upon the length of the program. Award must be used with the first eight semesters of enrollment as an undergraduate at MSU or before completion of the undergraduate degree, whichever occurs first.
See the out-of-state scholarship regulations for further details regarding these awards.
The following scholarships are awarded to a limited number of incoming freshmen with out-of-state residency status from a specified city, county or state. The amount awarded to each student varies each year. In most instances, no additional applications are required.
MSU Alumni Club of Nebraska Endowed Scholarship awarded to a resident of Fremont, Harrison, Mills or Potawattamie counties in Iowa or Burt, Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Lancaster, Otoe, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward or Washington counties in Nebraska.
Ohio Spartan Grant awarded to Ohio residents who are admitted to Michigan State University.
Pennsylvania Spartan Grant awarded to Pennsylvania residents who are admitted to Michigan State University.