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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 2022-23 FAFSA will require 2020 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. The Financial Aid Office will send all communication via your myNMSU email. Once admitted to NMSU, it is important that you register your account and check it regularly.
  3. You may follow this myNMSU Instruction Guide for assistance in reviewing your financial aid account.