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Application Process

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens January 1 for the next academic year. Priority consideration for grants and work-study is given to students who apply for the upcoming academic year by March 1.

  • Completion of a FAFSA is necessary to be considered for financial aid.
  • Certain funds are limited and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis to those who are eligible.
  • You must file and complete your financial aid files early to be considered for maximum awarding.

For more information see the Financial Aid Timeline.

Financial Aid Workshops

Workshops are also held on the NMSU campus during the spring semester. Dates and locations vary but details are available from the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Application Process

The financial aid application process can take 8 to 12 weeks depending on the time of year and any additional documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office. The typical order of events is shown below:

  1. Complete a FAFSA application, and either mail your application to the Department of Education, or submit your information online at the FAFSA website.

    What you may need:

    • Student and parent Social Security Numbers.
    • Parent date of birth.
    • Student Alien Registration or Permanent Resident Card.
    • Student and parent previous years tax W-2 Forms.
    • Student and parent previous years tax 1099 Forms.
    • Student and parent previous years tax 1098-T Forms.
    • Student and parent previous years tax Federal Tax Returns.
    • Student and parent previous years tax untaxed income records (such as VA Non-Educational Benefits, child support or worker’s compensation).
    • Student and parent current assets: savings, checking, cash, net worth of investments, net worth of current business and/or investment farms.
  2. You receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) and the Financial Aid Office receives your data electronically.
  3. The Financial Aid Office then requests any additional information needed to complete your file.
  4. You submit the requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office.


  • If you plan to attend an NMSU Branch Campus, list both the NMSU Main Campus Federal School Code and the Branch Campus Federal School Code.

If you have unusual circumstances that affect your financial resources for college, make an appointment to see a financial aid advisor after filing the application and receiving a Student Aid Report (SAR). Unusual circumstances may include a reduction in income or benefits, medical expenses not covered by insurance, a death in the family, divorce, etc.

Submitting A FAFSA

The first step in the Financial Aid process is to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To submit your FAFSA, visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

The video tutorial below will help you complete the FAFSA in seven steps.

For any questions about the FAFSA not answered by this tutorial, please contact us.

DRN Number

  1. Go to the Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website.
  2. Click on View and Print Your Student Aid Report.
  3. Student Access page comes up. Scroll down and click select to choose the school year from the pull-down. Click next.
  4. FSA ID page comes up. Enter the requested information.
  5. SAR Transactions page comes up. Click on Transaction Number 01.
  6. Processing Information page comes up. Click on You the Student (on the left-hand side of the page).
  7. You the Student page comes up and the DRN# is on it (you can print it out).

If you need help, call 1-800-433-3243.

More Information

Please visit the following pages for more information about the FAFSA.