Tuition and Fees

For the most up-to-date information please visit New Mexico State University's Accounts Receivable. Prices, rates, and fees are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Application Fee

DACC no longer charges an application fee.

Tuition and Mandatory Fees

For academic year 2024-2025, tuition rates, including mandatory fees, at DACC are as follows:

  • $76.75 per credit, or $921 per semester, for in-district students (residents of Doña Ana County);
  • $93.25 per credit, or $1,119 per semester, for out-of-district students (residents of other counties within New Mexico); and
  • $245.00 per credit, or $2,940 per semester, for nonresident (out-of-state and international) students. However, when nonresidents enroll in a summer session, or when they enroll in six credits or fewer during a regular term, they pay the in-state (but out-of-district) rate.

Per-semester costs for tuition and mandatory fees are calculated by multiplying the number of credits by the applicable per-credit rate. Students taking between 12 and 18 credits are charged for only 12, provided that all credits are taken exclusively at DACC. Then, beginning with the 19th credit, the per-credit charge is again imposed.

At NMSU, tuition with mandatory fees for academic year 2024-2025 are $319.46 per credit for residents and $1,032.96 per credit for nonresidents (out-of-state and international students). For further information about tuition, fees, and other charges at NMSU, visit

DACC and NMSU tuition and mandatory fees are calculated independently of each other.

DACC Academic Services Fee

The Academic Services Fee is applied to nearly all courses including face-to-face but excluding courses for practicum/clinical, dual credit, and those offered by NMSUO. These fees will support things such as academic information technology, academic support services, digital library services, XR/VR software, support of the DACC Xcite iPad initiative, etc.

Resident, Nonresident Status

Resident or nonresident status shall be determined according to the uniform definition set forth by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. The NMSU Registrar’s Office administers residency. Out-of-district information is available at the DACC Office of Admissions in DASR 107 on the East Mesa Campus.

Members of the Armed Forces, as well as their spouses and minor children, who are not otherwise entitled to claim residency are eligible for tuition payment at the resident student rates upon presentation of certification from their commanding officer of assignment to active duty within New Mexico. Certification is required at the time of initial registration.

All enrolled members of the Navajo Tribe who reside on the Navajo Reservation, as certified by the Navajo Department of Higher Education, will be assessed in-state, out-of-district tuition rates at all times.

135 Mile Non-Resident Tuition Discount

Effective Fall 2022 DACC implemented a 135-mile tuition discount for Texas students enrolling at DACC who live within 135 miles of our Las Cruces Campus.  Students should enroll in 12 credits at DACC and must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Students meeting these requirements will be eligible for resident out-of-district tuition times 110% in lieu of non-resident tuition.

Other Fees—Resident and Nonresident

International Student Admission Fee $50

Payment of Charges

By enrolling in classes at DACC/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 DACC/NMSU and all proceeds of this agreement will be used for education purposes and constitutes an education 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 or telephone, as well as in person. Cash, checks, money orders and all major credit cards are accepted.

Those preferring to pay in person may do so at the DACC Cashiers Office (DASR 102B) on the East Mesa Campus or on the NMSU Las Cruces Campus at the University Accounts Receivable Office. Payments are also accepted in person at the Gadsden and Sunland Park centers.

Students may pay in full, enter into a payment plan, or provide proof of a third-party payment agreement. Students who do not pay in full or make third party payment arrangements by the payment deadline will automatically be placed on the payment plan. For payment plan options, visit the NMSU website. Fees vary according to the plan chosen.

Any financial aid received will be applied toward balances owed. DACC/NMSU reserves the right to deny the payment plan to any student who has a poor credit rating or who has been negligent in making payments to the institution for previous debts.

NOTE: Workshops, institutes, and noncredit courses are treated as completely separate sessions. Check the Continuing Education program announcements for the specific noncredit course fees and registration instructions.

Payment Plan

For current information, please visit the Payment Plan website at

Late Registration

A late registration fee of $25 is imposed if registration has not been completed before the late-registration period begins.

Delinquent and Prior-Term Balances

DACC/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 Checks/Credit Cards

DACC/NMSU charges a penalty on all dishonored cash instruments. Personal checks will not be accepted from students who have had a previously dishonored check.

Tuition Adjustments, Refunds, and Forfeitures

Students officially 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 DACC/NMSU must be paid before refunds or adjustments will be permitted.

In cases of academic or disciplinary suspension, eligibility for tuition refunds and adjustments will depend on the conditions of the suspension and will be entirely at the option of the institution. Should unforeseen circumstances beyond the reasonable control of Doña Ana Community College or New Mexico State University result in curtailing classes, closing residence facilities, 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.

Residence hall rentals and dining hall charges may be refunded in accordance with schedules adopted by these departments.

Program-Related and Course-Related Fees

Course and Lab Fees

Certain courses/labs require an additional fee, which is subject to change. At the time this publication went to press, the fees for the following courses were as follows:

ARTS 1310 $25
ARTS 1320 $25
ARTS 2996 $25
AUTO 130 $131.25
AUTO 131 $131.25
AUTO 255 $87.50
DAS 115 $250
DHYG 122, 132, 212, 222 $400
DMS 170, 180, 270, 280 $200
NA 104 (Certified Nursing Assistant lab fee) $150
NURS 136, 147, 201, 226 $250
RESP 110 L, 120 L, 230 L, 240 L $120

Toolboxes, Tool Kits, and Personal Materials

Students enrolled in the Automotive, Dental, Radiologic Technology, Welding, and Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration programs will be issued tools during the first week of classes. One-third of the total price of the toolboxes or tool kits is due at the time the tools are issued. The remaining toolbox/kit balance must be paid by the end of the semester in two equal installments, usually spaced two months apart. Failure to pay the balance will result in exclusion from registration the following semester. Down payment and subsequent payments for toolboxes/kits must be made at the DACC Cashiers Office in DASR 102B on the East Mesa Campus. Students are responsible for full payment even if they withdraw from the community college. Return of toolboxes/kits will not constitute payment, as used tools cannot be reissued. Call the appropriate academic division for current costs. (Division telephone numbers appear on the Contact Information page.)

Medical Insurance Coverage Not Provided

DACC does not provide medical insurance for students. DACC students are encouraged to obtain their own medical insurance for any potential illness, accident, or injury that might occur while they are enrolled at the college. Visit to shop for, compare costs and coverage benefits of, and enroll in, insurance coverage.

Aggie Health and Wellness Center

DACC students enrolled in 12 credit hours or more are eligible to receive services from the Aggie Health and Wellness Center without having to pay an office visit fee.  Students enrolled in less than 12 credits are also eligible to receive services, but are required to pay an office visit of $35.  Students enrolled in less than 12 credits may also purchase semester-long access to the services offered by the NMSU Aggie Health and Wellness Center for $79.  Visit the following site for pricing information:  

Supplemental Health Insurance

Students who have access to the Student Health Center may choose to buy a commercial insurance policy endorsed by NMSU. This insurance is intended to supplement the Student Health Center service. Dependent coverage is not available through NMSU but may be purchased directly from the insurance company; however, dependents of students are not eligible to use the Student Health Center. Information about this insurance can be found at

AggieFit Membership

AggieFit is a good option for improving one’s health while studying at NMSU/DACC. Membership in the AggieFit program provides access to the Activity Center, Aquatic Center, fitness classes provided in both, and participation in our Intramural programs. For additional information, including the fee schedule, visit


Housing is available to community college students on the same basis as it is for other New Mexico State University students. Rates and other information may be obtained online at

Food Services

New Mexico State University, located adjacent to the DACC Espina Campus, offers a number of meal plans and has a wide selection of eateries: The DACC Snack Bar operates stores on the Espina and East Mesa campuses.