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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is a student budget for educational expenses for the fall and spring semesters that make up the academic year. Fall and spring semester budgets will each be calculated for 4.5 months, and a summer budget will be calculated for 3 months.

While this is a full-student budget, students are not expected to pay all these costs to the university. Costs paid directly to NMSU are dependent on tuition and fee rates based on your credit hours, and if you live on campus and sign-up for a meal plan. If you’re interested in calculating your direct costs, awards, left-over balance, or out-of-pocket costs, please use our Out-of-Pocket worksheet.
Out-of-Pocket Worksheet

2022-23 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance

Resident  Non-Resident 
Tuition and Fees* $8,409 $26,735
Housing† $6,052 $6,052
Meals† $5,200 $5,200
Books and Supplies‡ $1,240 $1,240
Personal Expenses‡ $2,538 $2,538
Transportation‡ $1,742 $1,742
Total of Direct Costs** $19,661 $37,987
Total of Indirect Costs- Full Budget $25,181 $43,507

*For undergraduate students, these are estimated expenses for a freshman living on campus and enrolled in 15 credit hours.

** Direct costs refer to the expenses a student would typically pay to the university. Indirect costs refer to the full-student budget that a student should plan for as a college student.

†Actual cost for on-campus will vary depending on chosen residence hall and dining membership. Costs above for housing are based on the yearly rate for double occupancy. The cost will be adjusted for students who live off-campus or at home and will be published within their Financing Plan from NMSU.

‡These expenses are included in your Cost of Attendance but are NOT charged directly to your student account. You will not owe NMSU these amounts.

2022-23 Graduate Cost of Attendance

Resident  Non-Resident
Tuition and Fees* $6,189 $19,032
Housing† $6,052 $6,052
Meals† $5,200 $5,200
Books and Supplies‡ $1,240 $1,240
Personal Expenses‡ $2,538 $2,538
Transportation‡ $1,742 $1,742
Total of Direct Costs** $17,441 $30,284
Total of Indirect Costs- Full Budget $22,961 $35,804

*For graduate students, these are estimated expenses for students living on campus and enrolled in 9 credit hours.

** Direct costs refer to the expenses a student would typically pay to the university. Indirect costs refer to the full-student budget that a student should plan for as a college student.

†Actual cost for on-campus will vary depending on chosen residence hall and dining membership. Costs above for housing are based on the yearly rate for double occupancy. The cost will be adjusted for students who live off-campus or at home and will be published within their Financing Plan from NMSU.

‡These expenses are included in your Cost of Attendance but are NOT charged directly to your student account. You will not owe NMSU these amounts.

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 the Financial Aid section under Quick Links.

Overview of Expenses

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. 

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).

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.