MDA Student Loan Assistance Program Accepting Applications

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Student Loan Assistance Program is now accepting applications. Established during the 2019 legislative session, this program provides student loan assistance to Montana’s college-educated youth pursuing careers in farming or ranching.

“The Student Loan Assistance Program seeks to relieve the financial stress facing our young producers so that they can focus their energies on raising some of the world’s highest quality commodities and carrying forward Montana’s agricultural traditions,” said MDA director Christy Clark. “And when we can keep a family ranch in family hands, that is a success for Montana agriculture.”

Qualified farmers and ranchers are eligible for student loan assistance through the program for up to five years. Applicants must be a Montana resident designated as the primary owner, heir, successor or assignee of a farm or ranch in Montana that obtained their associated or baccalaureate degree(s) from a Montana college or university and have agreed to operate their farm or ranch for at least five years.

Applications are due June 3, and can be submitted through WebGrants. Full program guidelines are available on the department’s website at

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