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Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
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The University of Montana is walking back an urgent message it sent out Sunday telling students living in dorms to go home in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus.

UM students living in campus housing like Freshman Christopher Hurd received an email mostly in all caps from the university Sunday.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
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The Montana University System is moving from in-class instruction to online instruction in every class where it's possible, due to coronavirus concerns. The change takes effect March 23, as students return from spring break. The campuses, including residence halls and computer labs, will remain open for students. Employees will continue to report to work.

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The Montana University System is prohibiting all university-related travel to China until further notice. That announcement Friday as world health officials work to contain the spread of the emerging coronavirus outbreak.

Student Loan Reporting Bill Passes State Senate

Feb 12, 2019

The Montana Senate has passed a bill that would request that the Montana University System host workshops to help students better manage their debt.

Senate Bill 87, sponsored by Senator Keith Regier from Kalispell, is scheduled for the House Education Committee Wednesday.

Bill Would Boost Montana Need-Based College Financial Aid

Jan 17, 2019
The University of Montana campus.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Proposed legislation to boost financial aid for Montana college students from low-income families has attracted support. 

University of Montana's Main Hall.
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Montana State University and University of Montana students are on average tens of thousands of dollars in debt after four years in school. With that in mind, lawmakers are thinking about making financial education a bigger part of the university's responsibility. But the idea could violate the state constitution.

Major Changes In Works For Montana Tech Programs

Dec 3, 2018

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Major changes are in the works at a Montana university.

Montana Tech plans to cut and merge certain programs and cut and transfer some faculty positions. Programs scheduled for elimination include professional and technical communication, data science and statistics, and health care informatics.

Montana Colleges May Tighten Rules For In-State Tuition

Nov 13, 2018

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Montana University System is mulling over tightening the rules for out-of-state students who want to gain in-state residency status that can cut thousands of dollars from tuition expenses.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the proposal will be presented as an informational item next week to the Montana Board of Regents.

Regents Approve Name Change For Montana Tech

May 25, 2018

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The Montana University System has changed the name of Montana Tech to Montana Technological University.

The Montana Standard reports the system's board of regents approved the name change Thursday, moving away from the Butte school's formal name of Montana Tech of the University of Montana, which it has held for about 24 years.

Grizzly statue and Main Hall on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

A newly-released poll says almost three-quarters of Montanans say they would vote to continue a property tax that keeps tuition low for state college and university students. That’s according to the University of Montana Big Sky Poll conducted earlier this year by Sara Rinfret, director of UM’s Master of Public Administration program.

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