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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget for your expected educational expenses. The example below is for the fall and spring semesters or what we refer to as an academic year. A fall and spring budget will each be calculated for 4.5 months, and a summer budget will be calculated for 3 months These amounts are estimates for the 2019-20 year.

2020-21 Cost of Attendance or Estimated NMSU Budget

Undergraduate Resident*  Undergraduate Non-Resident* Graduate Resident* Graduate Non-Resident*
Tuition and Fees $8,044 $25,666 $5,926 $18,815
Residence Hall† $6,088 $6,088 $6,088 $6.088
Dining Membership† $4,140 $4,140 $4,140 $4,140
Books and Supplies‡ $1,240 $1,240 $1,240 $1,240
Personal Expenses‡ $2,709 $2,709 $2,709 $2,709
Transportation‡ $1,706 $1,706 $1,706 $1,706
Total $23,927 $41,549 $21,809 $34,698

*For undergraduate students, these are estimated expenses for a freshman living on campus and enrolled in 15 credit hours. For graduate students, these are estimated expenses for students living on campus and enrolled in 9 credit hours.

†Actual cost will vary depending on residence hall and dining membership. If you are a freshman leaving on campus, you will pay NMSU for your residence hall and meal plan.  Costs above for housing are based on the yearly rate for double occupancy.

‡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.