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BOZEMAN - A financial technology company that provides research to help individuals make big financial decisions has recognized Montana State University for the value it provides to students.

SmartAsset released its sixth annual study on the colleges that give students the best return on their educational investment. To find the best value colleges in Montana, SmartAsset measured categories, including scholarships provided, starting salary, tuition, living costs and retention rate.

The company pointed to an average starting salary of $53,700 for MSU graduates and scholarships and grants averaging $4,609 for MSU students.

“We are very proud of the return on investment that Montana State University offers to students who choose to enroll here,” said Carina Beck, director of the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at MSU. “This recognition by SmartAsset is confirmation of something we’ve heard over and over again from our graduates: that their MSU education was worth their investment and set them up for a good job and successful career. Of course, a great college education matters now more than ever as we consider and prepare for the effects of a potential economic recession.”

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