Tuition, Fees & 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

Undergraduate admission application fee $25.00
Graduate admission application fee $40.00
New student orientation fee $165.00
International student admission application fee $50.00
International student orientation fee $50.00
Distance Education Course Delivery Fee (per credit) $35.00
ASNMSU Fee (Fall/Spring 1-11 credit enrollment) $33.50
ASNMSU Fee (Summer 1-8 credit enrollment) $12.40
Graduate Wellness/Fitness fee—(Fall/Spring 9-11 credits) $159.30
Certificate degree fee $25.00
Bachelor or Associate degree fee $35.00
Master or Doctorate degree fee $45.00
Degree application late filing fee $50.00
Late Registration Fee Base Cost $25.00
Engineering Technology Fee $36.00-145.00

Course Fees (Fees Assessed Per Course)

See the Course Fee page for a list of courses with additional fees.

Applied Music courses - see Music section of catalog

Mandatory International Student Fees

All international students are required to have health insurance coverage. International student health insurance is provided by GeoBlue unless otherwise covered by comparable health and accident insurance approved by the International Student Services. International students will be required to purchase health insurance for spring and summer during spring registration unless they have applied for spring graduation. (See below) All international undergraduate students will be assessed a $36 International Student Program Fee each semester.

Optional Fees

Wellness/Fitness Fee - Rates may Increase for 2020-2021

The Wellness/Fitness fee is included in tuition for full-time students at the Las Cruces Campus. Options for part-time students enrolled at Las Cruces Campus include:

  Wellness Fitness
Term pass for student enrolled in 6-11 credits $79.00 $40.00
Term pass for student enrolled in 1-5 credits $105.00 $53.00
Single visit for student enrolled in 1-11 credits $35.00 $5.00

The Wellness fee grants access to the Student Health Center with charges accruing for medications, lab work, testing or procedures. The Fitness fee grants access to the Student Activity Center.

Health Insurance

Students who have access to the Campus Health Center may choose to purchase a commercial insurance policy offered through the Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act (ACT). These exchanges are intended to provide consumers with a new way to shop for, compare costs and coverage benefits, and enroll in insurance coverage. For more information visit: or

Housing Services

See the Students Resources section for room descriptions, accommodations, application process, deposit requirement, regulations and eligibility.

For current rate information, please visit our website at:

Dining Services

See the Housing and Residential Life section for meal plan descriptions & pricing, application process, deposit requirement, regulations and eligibility. Freshmen living on campus must choose between Aggie Unlimited and Aggie Choice Plans.

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 will result in additional liability.

Payment of Charges

By enrolling in classes at NMSU, a student makes a financial commitment to pay the tuition and fee charges associated with his/her enrollment. The enrollment action constitutes a financial obligation between the student and NMSU and that all proceeds of this agreement will be used for education purposes and constitute an education loan pursuant to 11 U.S.C 523(a) (8). Terms and Conditions of Course Registration are posted on the University Accounts Receivable (UAR) website and available at time of Registration. 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. All financial aid received must be paid towards balances owed. Additional penalty charges will be assessed for failure to make payments when due. The University reserves the right to  cancel registration of any student who fails to pay, when due, any indebtedness to the institution  if not completed by the deadlines as outlined on the UAR website under important dates related to your Student Account. Transcripts and diplomas will be withheld until all financial obligations are paid in full. Students are prohibited from registering for a term/semester 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 from all courses or dropping a course(s) during a semester or term are eligible for a 100-percent refund of tuition and fees through the deadlines listed online as outlined on the Registrar website under Important Dates for Students for each term. Students withdrawing from a course(s) after that deadline will not be eligible for a refund and will remain liable for payment of full tuition and fee charges. Non-attendance does not constitute an official course drop or withdrawal. It is the student's responsibility to withdraw from the university and/or drop a course if he/she decides to not attend once enrollment has taken place. 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, 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.

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.

Transcripts will be withheld until all financial obligations are paid in full.

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.

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 $625) and personal expenses (estimated at $1,251).

Cooperative Education

Students participating in the Cooperative Education Program who receive academic credit pay the same tuition and 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, NM Administrative Code (NMAC) 5.7.18. The University Student Records Office administers residency. Information on the following programs and offices that administer the reduced rate program may be obtained from the University Admissions, the University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

  • 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
  • Foster Care
  • 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
  • WRGP
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange

WUE states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. For more information about any of the above ways to qualify for lower tuition rates please contact the University Accounts Receivable Office or the University Student Records Office.

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