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Application Process

For easy steps to completing the FAFSA, view this video tutorial.

FAFSA Video Tutorial

Before you start the FAFSA, you will need to register for an FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID, if you do not already have one.

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What you may need:

  • The 2021-22 FAFSA will require 2019 tax information.
  • 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
  1. You will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) and the Financial Aid Office receives your data electronically.
  2. The Financial Aid Office then requests any additional information needed to complete your file.
  3. Submit any requested documentation to the Financial Aid Office.

Note: 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.

NMSU Campus School Code
NMSU – Main Campus/Las Cruces 002657
NMSU – Alamogordo 002658
NMSU- Carlsbad 002659
NMSU – Grants 008854
NMSU – DACC E00876


If you have unusual circumstances that affect your financial resources for college, make an appointment to see your 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.


Want us to manually add NMSU to your application?

Students may ask for NMSU Financial Aid to add their school code to an application. The student must provide their primary campus office with the Data Release Number (DRN) which is a four-digit number assigned to an application by Federal Student Aid. Follow the directions below to retrieve your DRN and then head to our Contact Us page to get in touch with your campus’ Financial Aid Office.

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.

For additional help, call 1-800-433-3243.


After You Submit Your FAFSA

  1. Once you’ve submitted your FAFSA, it is important that you do not make any changes unless instructed by your Financial Aid Office.
  2. For New Freshman students, if the application is completed after the form’s opening in October, requirements for the financial aid typically begin posting by January or sooner if applicable. New Freshman students for the main campus, receive an Out-of-Pocket packet that provides a financing plan that includes an estimated student budget and awards offered for the academic year (spring and fall semesters).
  3. For continuing students who completed the FAFSA after the form’s opening in October, requirements begin posting in March or sooner if applicable, but awards do not post until after final grades have posted for the spring semester.
  4. Financial Aid Status, Awards, Requirements can be view under the Financial Aid tab via myNMSU. 
  5. After the start of posting requirements at NMSU (January-March), students who submit their FAFSAs can expect to see updates on their account within 3 business days. Verification document processing typically begins in April. If students are required to provide additional documentation, after April, it may take up to 14 business days for their verification documents to be reviewed and their account to be updated.
  6. Financial Aid disburses into student’s accounts the Monday before classes start of each semester if all requirements are satisfied. Refunds may take up to 2 business days to process by direct deposit or check. Please view our page, for more information on disbursement schedules.
  7. Students are responsible for satisfying their requirements in a timely manner. If requirements are not complete by the Thursday before classes start, they will not receive their aid on time.
  8. Students are strongly encouraged to provide all additional documentation by July, otherwise, their awards may disburse late.
  9. NMSU- Main Campus students are assigned advisors, and other campus students can find their campus’ information on our Contact page.