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Disbursement

Each semester, grants, loans, and scholarships are disbursed to student accounts before classes start to pay off any University balances. If there are funds remaining, a refund will be issued to the student. Disbursement and refund dates are shown below for standard disbursement, summer disbursement, one semester only loans, and first-time loan borrowers. Dates are subject to change. Students are encouraged to complete their financial aid requirements early to ensure timely disbursement.

While refunds through direct deposit may take about 48 hours to process, after disbursement, please be aware that check deliveries are dependent on distance and mailing service schedules/delays. 

Standard Disbursement

Fall 2020 Spring 2021
100% of funds disbursed to student accounts to pay University balances August 17, 2020 January 18, 2021
100% of grants, loans, and scholarships refund available through Direct Deposit August 19, 2020 January 20, 2021
100% of grants, loans, and scholarships refund checks will begin to be mailed-out by University Accounts Receivable August 19, 2020 January 20, 2021

Summer Disbursement

Summer 2021
100% of funds disbursed to student accounts to pay University balances May 24, 2021
100% of grants and scholarships refund deposited May 26, 2021
100% of grants and scholarships refund checks will begin to be mailed-out by University Accounts Receivable May 26, 2021

One Semester Only Loans

One semester only loans will be split into two disbursements throughout the semester. 50% will disburse at the beginning of the semester, and the remaining 50% will disburse at the midpoint of the semester.

Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
50% of loans disbursed to student accounts to pay University balances August 17, 2020 January 18, 2021 May 24, 2021
50% of loan refunds deposited or checks will begin mailed-out by University Accounts Receivable August 19, 2020 January 20, 2021 May 26, 2021
Remaining 50% of loans disbursed to student accounts to pay university balances October 12, 2020 March 15, 2021 July 1, 2021
Remaining 50% of loan refund deposited or checks will begin to be mailed-out by University Accounts Receivable October 14, 2020 March 17, 2021 July 5, 2021

First Time Loan Borrower

Loans for first-time borrowers will disburse 30 days after the semester starts.

Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Summer 2021
100% loans disbursed to student accounts to pay University balances September 18, 2020 February 19, 2021 June 25, 2021
100% of loans refund deposited, or checks will begin to be mailed-out by University Accounts Receivable September 22, 2020 February 23, 2021 June 29, 2021

All students face uncertainty during their first semester. As you adjust your schedule during the first 30 days of the semester, this delay in disbursement will give the Financial Aid Office the flexibility to adjust loan amounts to better reflect your financial aid eligibility. This will reduce the need for collecting returned financial aid for courses that you may have dropped during this period, keeping your debt burden lower. Such a delay is standard in many financial aid offices.

NMSU Financial Aid does not anticipate that this change will affect your ability to pay for books, tuition, and other university charges. University Accounts Receivable is aware of this change and understands that you will be receiving loan disbursements later in the semester. Credit up to $500/semester is available from the NMSU Bookstore (online or in the campus store) for purchasing books and supplies. Any concerns you may have regarding this change will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by your Financial Aid Advisor.

National and International Exchange

If you attend another institution through NMSU’s National or International Student Exchange Programs, you retain your financial aid eligibility with NMSU. However, disbursement is delayed to 10 days before your trip begins.

Check List

The first week of school, if you:

  • are enrolled at least half-time in eligible courses (review the NMSU Schedule of Classes for details about eligible and ineligible courses)
  • are academically eligible and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • do not have a previous University Accounts Receivable balance
  • have been awarded aid before the first day of courses

Then disbursement of funds will occur as follows:

  • Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and most scholarships automatically credit to your student account.
  • Funds are applied to charges owed.
  • Any remaining funds will be disbursed as a refund.

Enrollment is verified daily and adjustments to financial aid may result based on award criteria.

Undergraduate students may receive Title IV aid for only one repeat of a previously passed course.

Financial aid may not pay for courses added after the deadline for registration and course additions.

Refunds

If you have financial aid that exceeds the charges on your student account at the time of disbursement, you will receive a refund, which may be used to pay other educationally related expenses.  If subsequent charges are made to your account, after your financial aid has disbursed, you are responsible for paying those charges.

Students have a choice as to how they would like to receive their financial aid refund.  Students are not required to open or obtain a financial account through a specific financial institution.

The following are Financial aid refund options:

Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is the electronic transfer of funds to your personal bank account.

Direct Deposit enrollment is available through your myNMSU account and is the university’s preferred way to pay your financial aid.  It is also the best way to ensure your aid funds are received in a timely manner.  To have your financial aid refunds deposited directly into your personal bank account, please log into your myNMSU account to complete the Direct Deposit Enrollment Form.  For additional information and step-by-step instructions, please visit the University Accounts Receivable Direct Deposit webpage or call 575-646-4911.

Paper Check

For students who do not use Direct Deposit, a paper check will be issued. Due to COVID-19 policies, University Accounts Receivable will only be mailing checks. Checks are mailed-out to the Billing Address listed on your student record.

If you receive a refund check from University Accounts Receivable and subsequently lose, mutilate or destroy the check, please visit the University Accounts Receivable Replacement Checks webpage for information on having a check reissued.