Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA), or Student Budget, is an estimate of your educational expenses for a given period of enrollment. A fall and spring budget will each be calculated for 4.5 months, and a summer budget will be calculated for 3 months. Below is an example of Cost of Attendance for one academic year. These amounts are estimates for the 2015-16 year. Each student will have a personalized cost of attendance that may vary from this example.

2015-2016 One Year Budget

Resident* 135 Mile Rate* Non-Resident* WUE* Colorado-Arizona Reciprocal*
Tuition and Fees $6,729 $7,128 $21,234 $10,093.50 $6,729
Residence Hall† $3,890 – $4,544 $3,890 – $4,544 $3,890 – $4,544 $3,890 – $4,544 $3,890 – $4,544
Dining Membership $3,488 – $3,584 $3,488 – $3,584 $3,488 – $3,584 $3,488 – $3,584 $3,488 – $3,584
Books and Supplies $1,206 $1,206 $1,206 $1,206 $1,206
Total $15,313 – $16,063 $15,712 – $16,462 $29,818 – $30,568 $18,677.50 – $19,427.50 $15,313 – $16,063

*These are estimated expenses for a freshman based on 15 credit hours. Costs for transfer students or upperclassmen may vary.

†Prices vary depending on residence hall. Cost is the year rate for double occupancy.

How do I view my Cost of Attendance?

To view your Cost of Attendance, log in to your my.nmsu.edu account and find your Award Overview under Financial Aid.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Download our Out-of-Pocket Cost Worksheet to help determine what you may need to pay out-of-pocket. Visit your Award Overview in your myNMSU to determine how much total aid you will receive.

Out-of-Pocket Cost Worksheet

Direct Budget Components

Tuition and Fees will be determined based on the exact cost of the program (Undergraduate/Graduate) in which you are enrolled, and the credit hours you are taking in a single semester. The enrollment hours default to 12 hours for an undergraduate student and 6 hours for a graduate student until you are officially enrolled.

Tuition & Fees

Room and Board will be determined according to information received from your FAFSA and your home campus. Room and board rates are based on a survey of apartments, dorms, meal plans and food expenses located in the vicinity of your home campus. Students may be ineligible for the Room component of Student Budget if you receive a military housing stipend or are independent and live at home. You will be ineligible for both a Room and Board component if you are enrolled less than half-time (6 hours for undergraduates and 5 hours for graduates) or if you are currently incarcerated.

Housing Rates

Dining Membership will be calculated for students who are enrolled in a dining plan through the University. If a student does not have a dining membership, a fixed estimate is used.

Meal Plans & Rates

Books and Supplies will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The following Budget Components are not included in the example Cost of Attendance, but are considered when packaging financial aid.

Personal Expenses will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the IRS. Personal expenses include costs for clothing, toiletries, recreational and other miscellaneous expenses. You will be ineligible for a Personal Expenses component if you are enrolled less than half-time (6 hours for undergraduates and 5 hours for graduates).

Transportation will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the IRS. Transportation costs are based on a student living locally and commuting to class five days a week.

Please keep in mind that your budget will change to reflect any updates you may make to your student record and/or FAFSA.