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Getting Started

We’re here to help you get started with the financial aid process. Use the resources here as a simple guide to financing your education. If you have questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at or 575-646-4105.

Financial Aid Checklist

Use this checklist to help you along in the financial aid process.

Download the Checklist

Cost of Attendance

How much will attending New Mexico State University cost? Visit our Cost of Attendance webpage to see a breakdown of costs associated with attending the University.

Cost of Attendance

Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in determining your eligibility for grants, loans, and/or work-study. NMSU’s priority deadline for the FAFSA is March 1st.

Learn About The FAFSA

After you’ve filed the FAFSA, the NMSU Financial Aid Office will work on an award package for you depending on your eligibility. Award letters will start to go out in March.

Receiving your Aid

After you’ve received your award letter, you will need to log in to your myNMSU account to review and finalize your award. If you were chosen for verification, you will find your verification requirements, and instructions for completing the requirements, on your myNMSU. Verification requirements must be completed before financial aid can be finalized.

For instructions on completing verification through myNMSU, download our Financial Aid & Scholarship Instruction Guide.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Instruction Guide

Accepting or Declining Loans

To accept or decline federal student loans, log on to your myNMSU account. If you accept a loan, complete Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN). These can be found through your myNMSU, and must be completed before loans can be processed. Learn more about student loans.

If you plan on accepting loans, we strongly encourage accepting them before the beginning of the Fall semester in order to finalize your financial aid award and pay off any University balances from previous semesters. If you have a balance over $1,000 from a previous semester, you will not be able to register for classes for the upcoming semester. If you are already registered and have a balance of $1,000 or more from a previous semester, you will be disenrolled from current semester courses.

Work-Study Positions

If you were awarded work-study, you can begin searching for work-study positions through Aggie CAREER Manager. If you were not awarded work-study, but are interested in receiving work-study funds, you can put your name on the work-study waiting list that will open before each semester. Learn more about work-study.