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High School Senior Timeline

Financial Aid Timeline

January/February You and your parents receive prior year’s W2 forms and end-of-the-year benefit statements and complete your federal tax returns (if necessary.) Using federal tax return and end-of-the-year benefit statement information, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or update your Renewal Application. You may submit your Financial Aid information via the internet at FAFSA. Check with the NMSU Scholarship office for early deadlines. Branch campus students should check with their respective branch offices for details.
March/April You receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail from the Department of Education’s processing center. NMSU accesses your data electronically and sends letters or emails requesting additional documentation, such as copies of federal tax returns, end-of-the-year benefit statements, etc. March 1st is the priority deadline to file for aid and have funds ready for fall disbursement.
May/June Academic progress is reviewed. You can access your NMSU electronic award letter to accept or decline your awards be selecting Financial Aid at myNMSU. You must complete these processes before your award can be finalized. NOTE: First-time Stafford student loan borrowers (at NMSU) must attend an Entrance/Debt Management Counseling Session and sign a master promissory note (MPN) before their loans can be processed.
June/July If you apply for loans , promissory note paperwork is processed during this time.
August During the first days of the fall semester, aid is disbursed. All first-time borrowers must attend one Debt Management Counseling Session.
December Academic progress is reviewed.
January Spring aid is disbursed. Begin applying for the following year’s financial aid.