Important Dates

  • The FAFSA application opens January 1st.
  • NMSU’s Priority Deadline is March 1st. File by this deadline to gain priority status for some aid.
  • Scholar Dollar$ is open October 1st to March 1st.
  • For information about admissions applications deadlines, please visit Admissions.
January/February Receive prior year’s W2 forms and end-of-the-year benefit statements and complete your federal tax returns (if necessary.) Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or update your Renewal Application.
March/April March 1st is the priority deadline to file for aid. NMSU accesses your FAFSA electronically and sends letters or emails requesting additional documentation, copies of federal tax returns, end-of-the-year benefit statements, etc.
May/June Academic progress is reviewed and financial aid award packages are released. You can access your NMSU electronic award letter by selecting Financial Aid at myNMSU.  First-time Stafford student loan borrowers must complete online Entrance/Debt Management Counseling Session and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before their loans can be processed.
August On August 1st, students can begin to accept or decline their student loans. Disbursement schedule found here. Students awarded work-study funds must find employment within the first 30 days of class or funds will be canceled.
January Spring aid is disbursed. Begin applying for the following year’s financial aid.