Grants

Grants are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based and determined by your FAFSA. There are state and federal grants available.

State Grants

State grants are provided by the state of New Mexico and are considered priority-based aid. Students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by March 1st, NMSU’s priority deadline, annually to maintain maximum eligibility for state-based grants. State grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

College Affordability

To receive the College Affordability Grant, you must be a New Mexico resident, graduate with a high school diploma or GED, complete the FAFSA, and demonstrate unmet financial need. Students must also be a degree-seeking undergraduate and enrolled at least half-time. You cannot be receiving other state grants and scholarships. Students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Funding Limited.

LEAP

A combination of federal and state grants awarded to undergraduate students to help with education costs. To be eligible for LEAP, you must be a New Mexico resident with demonstrated exceptional need. You cannot be receiving other state grants and scholarships. Students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress. Funding Limited.

Federal Grants

Federal grants are need-based aid provided by the Federal Government. To receive Federal grants, students need to complete a FAFSA, demonstrate financial need, and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a Federal Grant awarded only to undergraduate students. The award amount is determined by enrollment and the expected family contribution.

SEOG Grant

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): is a Federal Grant awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Must have a zero Expected Family Contribution. Funding limited.

TEACH Grant

A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area. You’ll be required to teach for a certain length of time, so make sure you understand your obligation. 

Learn About The TEACH Grant