Golden College

The Golden College Program enables residents of Montana who are 65 years of age or older to take classes at the University of Montana at greatly reduced rates.


To be eligible for the Golden College Program and the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver, you must meet all the following requirements:

  • Be at least sixty-five (65) years old prior to the start of the semester
  • Be classified as a Montana resident for admissions purposes

First Time Application/Registration Process Apply for Admission

Fill out the Golden College application for admission (PDF document) and return it to Enrollment Services-Admissions with a one-time application fee of $30. Be sure to mark undergraduate or graduate non-degree unless you intend to complete a degree. You will be notified by mail of your admission.

Complete the Tuition Waiver Application

Complete the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver application and return it to the Financial Aid Station in Griz Central (second floor of the Lommasson Center). Please bring proof of age; a driver’s license or state ID works best. The tuition waiver does not waive all fees. Only tuition is waived.

Complete Medical Requirement Form

Complete the Medical Requirement Form (PDF document) in your acceptance packet and return it to: Curry Health Center, UM, Missoula, MT 59812. You do not need to submit proof of immunizations. Once you have been admitted and have turned in your Medical Requirement Form, you should be able to register online for classes.

Register For Your Classes

Before you can register, you must have an advising number. Your advising number may be obtained after admission acceptance by calling (406) 243-6266 or in person at Enrollment Services-Admissions (in the Lommasson Center - Griz Central). Graduate non-degree students do not need an advising number to register.

Golden college students register using the Cyberbear online registration system. Instructions are available on Cyberbear. You'll need your NetID and password to login.

If your class is full, we recommend that you attend the first day of class and have the instructor sign you into the class with an override slip (available at the Registration Desk in Lommasson Center Griz - Central).

Pay For Your Classes

Follow the instructions on the Cyberbear registration system for fee payment (the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver only waives tuition, not fees). You will need to meet certain payment deadlines depending on when you register. You may make electronic payments using Cyberbear, or make a payment in person at Business Services in the Lommasson Center - Griz Central.

Subsequent Registration

Registration for future semesters follows the same procedures except the application and pre-registration form are not required. A new tuition waiver application is required for each academic semester.

Auditing vs. Earning a Grade

Many Golden College participants audit courses they take. Auditing a course means you intend to observe the course without earning credit or being graded. The same fees are assessed as when registering for credit. Any attendance or participation expectations are established by the instructor of the course. If attendance expectations are not met, the instructor may request a notation be placed on the student's academic record indicating attendance was not satisfactory. Talk to your instructor for further details about course auditing.

More Information

For more information and to have questions answered, please call Enrollment Services-Admissions at (406) 243-6266 or (800) 462-8636. Please be sure to mention Golden College.