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

Additional Fees

Admission Application fee $20
Course delivery (per credit) $25
Certificate fee $10
Degree application fee $25
Degree application late filing fee $25
Late Registration Fee Base Cost $25

Course Fees (Fees Assessed per Course)

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 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, telephone, or in person at University Accounts Receivable. 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 cancelled 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 due to the University are paid in full.

Payment Plan

Tuition, fees and other charges posted to the student account may be deferred and paid over the course of the semester by signing up for a payment plan.  Students with an account balance of $200 or greater must sign up for a payment plan by the “Last Day to Drop a Course and Receive a 100% Refund” date which is also known as the Census date.  There is a $25 non-refundable enrollment fee and a 20% down payment due at the time of enrollment for fall and spring semesters and a 33.33% down payment for the summer semester.  Equal monthly payments are due on the 15th of each month of the semester.  A $10 late fee is assessed to the student account for late, partial or missed payments. Students who are required to sign up for a payment plan and fails to do so by the deadline will have their current semester courses cancelled.

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 University Accounts Receivable and under Important Dates, click on the appropriate semester or term. 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 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 New Mexico State University 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.

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 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 and supplies (estimated at $300) and personal expenses (estimated at $460).

Resident/Nonresident Status

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;, or the NM Statute (NMSA) 1978 Chapter 21.

  • American Indian Agreement
  • Athletic Grant
  • 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
  • Graduate Assistantship
  • 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

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

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