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Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA), or Student Budget, is an estimate of your educational expenses for a given period of enrollment. A fall and spring budget will each be calculated for 4.5 months, and a summer budget will be calculated for 3 months. Below is an example of Cost of Attendance for one academic year. These amounts are estimates for the 2017-18 year.

2017-2018 Estimated One Year Budget

Undergraduate Resident*  Undergraduate Non-Resident* Graduate Resident* Graduate Non-Resident*
Tuition and Fees $7,122 $22,701 $5,243.40 $16,162.20
Residence Hall† $4,886 $4,886 $4,886 $4,886
Dining Membership† $3,800 $3,800 $3,800 $3,800
Books and Supplies‡ $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250
Personal Expenses‡ $2,098 $2,098 $2,098 $2,098
Transportation‡ $1,664 $1,664 $1,664 $1,664
Total $20,820 $36,399 $18,941.40 $29,860.20

*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. Costs above for housing are based on the year 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 Financial Aid.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Download our Out-of-Pocket Cost Worksheet to help you determine what you may need to pay out-of-pocket. Visit your Award Overview in your myNMSU to view how much total aid you are eligible to receive.

Out-of-Pocket Cost Worksheet

Direct Budget Components

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.