Military and Veterans Programs (MVP)

NMSU is a military and veteran friendly university which strives to provide the best possible service to our current and former servicemembers as they pursue their educational goals. NMSU Military and Veterans Programs promotes lifelong learning and professional development for veterans, active-duty military and their families, assisting them in their higher education goals by offering:

  • Affordable, in-state tuition rates for active-duty military personnel and dependents using federal education benefits
  • Affordable, in-state tuition rates for veterans and dependents receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits
  • Easily transferable credits that count toward degrees at NMSU
  • Facilitation of all Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) Benefits
  • Courses taught online and at locations near regional military installations
  • Innovative technology and course delivery methods
  • Internships for veterans
  • Student advocacy at every level, from admissions to graduation
  • Resource materials from a variety of veteran and military service organizations
  • Priority registration for all military and veteran students
  • Veterans on Campus Training by Kognito, training faculty and staff on our student veterans and the unique value they bring to campus
  • Salute Honor Society for student veterans
  • Connection with student organizations
  • A tradition of quality education

NMSU degree programs are approved by the State Approving Agency Directory at the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Eligible students may receive education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

For further information, contact Military and Veterans Programs at:

MSC 4740, PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-4524
http://mvp.nmsu.edu

Costs

Active-Duty

Active-duty military personnel (Armed Forces) stationed in New Mexico or at Fort Bliss, Texas may complete a "Resident Tuition Application for Active Military, Veterans and Dependents of the US Armed Forces" waiver to qualify for in-state tuition. Spouses and minor children of active-duty personnel who are stationed in New Mexico and Fort Bliss, Texas who are not otherwise entitled to claim in-state residency, may apply for in-state tuition by submitting a "Resident Tuition Application for Active Military, Veterans and Dependents of the US Armed Forces" waiver to the Military and Veterans Programs office. Applications are available at the Military and Veterans Programs Office, online at http://mvp.nmsu.edu, or through the Registrar's Office.

Dependents Receiving VA Educational Benefits

Per NM 2015 HB 427:

A spouse or child of a veteran of the armed forces is entitled to pay tuition and fees at the rate provided for New Mexico residents; provided that the spouse or child is eligible for benefits pursuant to the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or any other federal law authorizing educational benefits for a veteran and the dependents of a veteran. Applications are available by contacting Military and Veterans Programs office.

Veterans

Veterans receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits are eligible for in-state tuition through the Veterans In-State Tuition Act by submitting a "Resident Tuition Application for Active Military, Veterans and Dependents of the US Armed Forces" waiver. For further information concerning approved programs and application process, eligible persons should contact Military and Veterans Programs office.

Veteran students enrolled under the following programs are responsible for their tuition and fees in the same manner as a nonveteran student:

  • Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (CH 30)
  • Dependents (CH 35)
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (CH 1606 & 1607)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Ch 31)

MVP Lab

The MVP lab serves as a one-stop shop for military and veteran students with numerous resources on and off campus. Military and Veterans Programs can assist you with all matters at NMSU from admissions to graduation. Military and Veterans Programs has a lab containing 6 PCs. Common Access Card (CAC) readers are available on 2 machines. The lab is open 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday and is available to all military and veteran students including dependents. Enjoy a free cup of coffee while doing your homework or just hang out and network with like-minded veterans. We offer free fax, copy and printing services to further accommodate our students.

Regulations

Note: These regulations apply to all campuses of NMSU and are effective with the publication of this catalog. Tuition amounts, fees, and similar items subject to annual review and change are all effective with the current catalog.

Credit for Military Service

New Mexico State University will award academic credit to United States military personnel for courses and Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), based on the American Council of Education Guide (ACE) as well as through national standardized tests, such as CLEP, AP, PEP and DANTES. Credit for military-training is in accordance with NMSU Faculty Senate Legislation Proposition 24-07/08, which was passed in May 2008. Military Training and Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) must have a recommendation evaluation by ACE (in the ACE Guide) for credit to be awarded. Courses accepted for transfer credit become part of the student’s official NMSU transcript and academic record. If a student wishes to appeal a decision regarding the acceptance of military training/education and/or MOS for academic credit, the student must submit a written statement of appeal to the Dean of the College to which the student has applied. The Dean will review the merits of the appeal and render a decision. The decision of the Dean is final.

Only Primary MOS (s) are eligible for academic credit in the initial review and evaluation. Credit for Duty and/or Secondary MOS may be eligible for academic credit if the student petitions the college’s Associate Dean. Primary MOS is the primary specialty of a soldier and reflects the broadest and most in-depth scope of military experience. Veterans, active-duty personnel, National Guard and Reservists who are current students or students applying for admission to New Mexico State University may be granted academic credit on a case-by-case basis upon evaluation of military transcripts - the Joint Service Transcript (jst.doded.mil) and the Community College of the Air Force transcripts. Course equivalencies and credit hours awarded for a particular NMSU degree are determined by colleges and/or academic departments. Credit hours may be awarded for specific courses toward degree requirement, or as elective credit. The number of credit hours awarded will be determined by the college and/or academic department.

NOTE: Students submitting military transcripts for credit evaluation must keep in mind the Maximum Time Frame policy. See Financial Aid Section.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible active duty members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. The Department of Defense (DoD) has given each service the ability to pay up to $250 per semester credit hour of the actual cost of tuition (no fees) during the fiscal year (Oct. 1 - Sept. 30). TA will pay for up to 13- semester hours of a bachelor's degree and up to 39 semester hours of a master's degree. TA must be requested and approved prior to the start date of the course.

Service members must first be admitted to NMSU before they may enroll in any classes at NMSU.

Please be aware of our admission and registration process:

  1. Servicemembers must apply online to be admitted,
  2. login to my.NMSU.edu to register for classes, and
  3. create an account and Request TA through their service online portal. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, application process and restrictions. Refer to our website for service login information: http://mvp.nmsu.edu/tuition-assistance

It is important to request TA for the same class and section number as enrolled in NMSU for tuition and grading purposes. Only enrollments requested and approved through their service online portal will be eligible for TA. Refer to our website for further information at http://mvp.nmsu.edu/tuition-assistance or contact the Military Programs Coordinator for assistance at mvp@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-4524

Military/Veteran Graduate Student Status

Veteran benefits are determined by the number of graded graduate credits of enrollment for a given semester or summer session. Listed below are the credit hours that determine student status for military veterans.

Fall and Spring semester: full-time enrollment includes 9 or more graded credit hours. Students are considered three-fourths time if they are enrolled in 7 to 8 credit hours. Half time enrollment is 5 hours. Veterans enrolled in less than 5 credit hours are reimbursed for tuition and allowable fees only.

There are several sessions within the summer term. For the 10 week summer session, full-time enrollment is 6 credit hours and half time enrollment is 3 credit hours. During the five week sessions, full-time enrollment is 4 graded credit hours.”

Military Withdrawal

New Mexico State University understands that our military students may be called to active duty, specialized training or up for disaster relief efforts with little notice active duty who wish to withdraw from the U.S. all their classes: armed forces; this includes an order for mobilization of the Reserve Forces as a result of a national emergency. However, the below policy does not pertain to a student’s basic and/or annual training. Military and Veterans Programs: A student who has an order for training is encouraged VA students ordered to formally request, through the proper chain Active Duty must provide a copy of command, a postponement of their orders until the summer or the end of the semester they are currently enrolled in. to the MVP office, Corbett Student Union Building, room 244. If a student’s request for postponement is denied, the student may then follow the below steps but must provide documentation that their postponement request was formally denied.

All NMSU students that have been called up for active duty must take the following steps in order to withdraw from all their classes:

  1. Military and Veterans Programs (MVP): VA students ordered to Active Duty must provide a copy of orders to the MVP office, in Corbett Center Student Union, Room 244. To assist in reporting accurate information to the VA Regional Office, student should also provide, in writing, last day of class attendance.
  2. NMSU Registrar: All students presenting their orders to the Registrar’s Office, (575) 646-3411, will receive a military withdrawal from classes and a full tuition and fees refund for that semester.
  3. Bookstore: Students who still have their receipts for textbooks purchased the semester in which they are called to active duty will be given a full refund for these textbook purchases when they present their orders. (575) 646-4431.

Veterans’ Attendance and Satisfactory Progress

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requires all veterans receiving VA education benefits to make satisfactory progress and systematic advancement toward an educational objective or be liable for over-payments. Satisfactory progress and regular class attendance are expected of such students.

If a veteran receiving benefits is suspended for academic reasons, benefits are terminated and will be restored only after readmission to NMSU.

If the university has liability claims filed against it as a result of a veteran failing to meet compliance requirements of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the university will not release any academic records on the veteran until such time as the veteran has reimbursed the federal government for funds drawn in violation of those requirements.

A student receiving VA education benefits who is pursuing a degree program offered by New Mexico State University should adhere to the curriculum of that program. Failure to do so will result in the student being certified for less than full-time status or becoming liable for an overpayment.

Resources for Students

Military and Veteran Housing

New Mexico State University is one of the first in the nation to offer on-campus housing specifically designated for student veterans and their families transitioning out of the military and into student life. The Department of Housing & Residential Life has worked in conjunction with the Student Veterans Organization of NMSU to offer affordable housing on campus to student veterans attending the university.

For more information, please contact Housing and Residential Life: (575) 646-3202, housing@nmsu.edu, http://housing.nmsu.edu.

Service Members Opportunity Consortium (SOC)

The NMSU system has been designated a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium university. As a member of SOC, NMSU has committed itself to fully support and comply with SOC principles and criteria, ensuring that servicemembers and their families share in the postsecondary educational opportunities available to other citizens. Those eligible are provided with appropriately accredited educational programs, courses, and services. The flexibility of programs and procedures particularly in admissions, counseling, credit transfer, course articulation, recognition of other applicable learning experiences, including those gained in the military, scheduling, course format and residency requirements are provided to enhance access of servicemembers and their families to undergraduate education programs. All SOC rules and regulations apply, including:

  • Credit for military training and experience – NMSU recognizes and uses ACE Guide in evaluating military training experiences
  • Reduced academic residency requirements – 25% maximum for most programs; 30% for 100% online programs
  • No final year or semester requirement
  • Credit for nationally-recognized testing programs such as CLEP (General and Subject exams), DSST (DANTES Standardized Subject Tests)

For further assistance contact the SOC coordinator through Military and Veterans Programs at:

MSC 4740, NMSU
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-4524

Responsibility of Veteran Students

Students must be pursuing a degree in a specific program to be eligible for benefits. Admission procedures for veterans and other eligible persons are the same as for all students. Academic advisors must submit degree plans to Military and Veterans Programs prior to certification. For continued certification, students must submit a Concise Student Schedule and STAR Degree Audit to the MVP office every semester.

Veterans must notify the MVP office when any of the following occur:

  • Dropping or adding course(s)
  • Withdrawing from course(s)
  • Discontinuing regular class attendance
  • Changing programs (academic majors)

VA education benefits are payable for regular attendance in courses that are part of the veteran's program (major) curriculum. VA educational benefits are not payable for:

  • Classes not attended regularly
  • Repeating a course for which a passing grade was received
  • Classes for which credit is received through successful completion of a proficiency test or grade by examination
  • Classes taken on an audit basis
  • Classes that are dropped or withdrawn from
  • Classes taken that are not part of the veteran's program (major) curriculum

Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC)

The Reserve Officer Training Corps is a commissioning program designed to attract, motivate and train qualified students for military service as officers. The ROTC program is represented on the NMSU campus by the Department of Military Science (U.S. Army) and the Department of Aerospace Studies (U.S. Air Force).

Curricula in the Departments of Military Science and Aerospace Studies are divided into basic and advanced courses of two years each. Enrollment in the basic course is voluntary and involves no obligation. Participation in the advanced courses is on a contractual basis and leads to military service as a commissioned officer. Elective academic credit is granted by the university for ROTC classes.

Students with prior military service or Junior ROTC experience may receive credit, although not academic credit, for all or portions of the basic courses.

All qualified cadets enrolled in ROTC receive a stipend that varies dependent upon the year the cadet is in the program. Scholarships, which pay full college tuition as well as various laboratory, textbook and incidental fees, are available on a competitive basis.

For more detailed information about the ROTC programs, see the College of Arts and Sciences departments of Aerospace Studies and Military Science in this catalog. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the departments directly at:

(575) 646-4030 (Army)
(575) 646-2136 (Air Force)

UNIV 115 - Transition from Military to University

UNIV 115 Transition from Military to University - Making a positive transition from military to civilian life is a key to success. This course will cover a variety of topics ranging from time management to critical thinking. It is designed to assist military and veteran students in becoming more effective learners through self-awareness, effective study, learning strategies and interpersonal skills. Skills and techniques for managing military to civilian readjustment transition issues are discussed and examined.