Tuition, Fees and Other Expenses

All costs are given for one term/semester. The University reserves the right to change any of the charges without notice.

Campus Tuition Rates

For a full listing of all tuition rates from the NMSU System please see the University Accounts Receivable website.

Undergraduate Tuition and Required Fees

Additional Fees

Admission application fee $20.00
Course Delivery (per credit) $25.00
ASNMSU fee $33.50
Certificate degree fee $25.00
Degree application late filing fee $25.00
Late Registration Fee Base Cost $25.00

Note:  A required $50.00 health care fee is included in full time required fee calculation.

Course Fees (Fees Assessed per Course)

Courses in computer science, physical education, manufacturing and craft skills, nursing, science, welding and other courses, may require students to pay fees to acquire special supplies. Some music courses also require additional fees. These fees are approved by the NMSU Board of Regents and are listed each semester in the Schedule of Classes published by NMSU Carlsbad. See each term’s Registration Guide for lists of courses with additional fees.

Payment of Charges

By enrolling in classes at NMSU, a student makes a financial commitment to pay the tuition and fee charges associated with that enrollment. The enrollment action constitutes a financial obligation between the student and NMSU and all proceeds of this agreement will be used for educational purposes and constitute an educational loan pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 523 (a) (8). Terms and Conditions of Course Registration are posted on the NMSU website and available in each term’s registration guide. Payments can be made by mail, web, telephone, or in person at the NMSU Carlsbad Business Office. Cash, checks, money orders and limited types of credit cards are accepted. Term charges can be paid in full or paid by using a payment plan. For payment plan options visit the NMSU website. Fees vary based on the plan. All financial aid received must be paid towards balances owed. Additional penalty charges may be assessed for failure to make payments when due. The University reserves the right to deny a payment plan to any student who has a poor credit rating or who has been negligent in making payments to the University for previous debts. Course reservations may be canceled if payment arrangements for past due dates are not completed by the deadlines as outlined in a term’s registration guide. Academic credits, transcripts and diplomas will be withheld until all financial obligations are paid. Students are prohibited from registering for a term until all previous debts are due to the University are paid in full.

Tuition Adjustments, Refunds and Forfeitures

Students official withdrawing or dropping courses during a semester or term are eligible for a 100-percent refund of tuition and fees through the deadlines listed online. Go to, click on the drop-down menu for the appropriate semester or term, and select “Important Dates and Deadlines.” Students withdrawing from courses after that deadline will not be eligible for a refund and will remain liable for full tuition and fee charges. Non-attendance does not constitute an official course drop or withdrawal. All charges due to NMSU Carlsbad must be paid before refunds or adjustments will be permitted.

In case of academic or disciplinary suspension, eligibility for tuition refunds and adjustments will depend on the condition of the suspension and will be entirely at the option of the institution. Should unforeseen circumstances beyond the reasonable control of New Mexico State University Carlsbad result in curtailing classes or otherwise withdrawing services that are a normal function of the institution, refunds of any nature will be at the discretion of the college/university administration.

Payment Plan

For current information, please visit the Payment Plan website at

Delinquent and Prior-Term Balances

NMSU reserves the right to cancel the registration of any student who fails to pay, when due, any indebtedness to the institution. Academic credits, transcripts and diplomas will be withheld until all financial obligations are paid.

Dishonored Financial Transactions – Checks, Credit Cards, ACH Transactions

The University charges a penalty on all dishonored cash instruments. Personal checks will not be accepted from students who have had previously dishonored checks.

Late Registration Fee

A late registration fee of $25 is imposed if registration has not been completed before the late-registration period begins. Failure to make scheduled payments with the Carlsbad Business Office or University Accounts Receivable on due dates may result in additional liability.

Estimating Other Expenses

In addition to the direct costs stated above, other expenses per semester may include such items as textbooks, supplies and personal expenses.

Cooperative Education

Students participating in the Cooperative Education Program who receive academic credit pay the same tuition fees as regularly enrolled students. Work phase students who are assigned to campus or a nearby off-campus workstation may pay for the student wellness/fitness as if they were a part-time student enrolled in 1-5 credits.

Ways to Qualify for Lower Tuition Rates

Resident or nonresident status is determined in accordance to a uniform definition established for all New Mexico institutions by the Higher Education Department, State of New Mexico. The University Student Records Office administers residency. Information on the following programs may be obtained from the University Admissions, the University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, the NM Administrative Code (NMAC) 5.7.18.

  • American Indian Agreement
  • Colorado-Arizona Reciprocal Agreement
  • Dual Credit
  • Fire Fighter and Peace Officer Survivor Scholarship
  • Foreign Military Dependent
  • Foreign Military Spouse
  • Foreign Military Stationed in New Mexico
  • Immigrant Student (NM HS GRAD)
  • Military Dependent
  • Military Spouse
  • Military Stationed in New Mexico
  • NM Competitive Scholarship
  • Part-time Students
  • Senior Citizen Waiver
  • Summer Session
  • Texas 135
  • Veteran Waiver
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange

Reduced Tuition Rates for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens (persons aged sixty-five years or older) who are New Mexico residents are eligible for reduced tuition under the Senior Citizens Reduced Tuition Act. The cost will be $5.00 in tuition per semester credit, plus a $3.00 administrative fee for a total of $8.00. There may be additional required fees such as course or lab fees. Senior citizens may register for a maximum of 6 semester credits at the reduced rate, on a space available basis.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

University Accounts Receivable, MSC 4570
New Mexico State University
P O Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM  88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-4911