New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Las Cruces, NM, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$8,625
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$6,739
$30k - $48k
$7,303
$48k - $75k
$9,551
$75k - $110k
$13,188
$110k+
$12,281
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$6,686
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$21,770
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,252
Books and Supplies
$1,250
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: financialaid@nmsu.edu

Aid & Grants

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100
77%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
41%
Average Aid Per Year
$9,582
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
41%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,036
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,400
Students receiving state aid
75%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$4,301
Students receiving federal aid
47%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,036
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$1,367,429
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$11,033,128

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
36%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$4,760
Students receiving federal loans
36%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$4,324
Average Other Loans Per Year
$7,216
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$10,500
Loan Default Rate
15%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$181

What Students Are Saying

3.72 Average Rating
When I first started looking at colleges, money was definitely a factor. NMSU has helped me in that area by providing scholarships for grades, your major and miscellaneous things.
Katrina from Los Lunas, NM
New Mexico State is definately an affordable college. Tuition is practically nothing! I'm paying 5,000 for the year, 18 credit hours this semester, and 18 credit hours next semester. Dorm room and meal plans are a bit pricey, but they're definately worth it!
Ashley from Las Cruces, NM
Money! Money! Money! I didn't really had to think about money when I was in high school, but when I was a senior in high school, that was the very first thing that popped into my head when applying to colleges. If you are having that same situation now, don't worry about it too much when applying to NMSU. The tuition here is less than how it is at UTEP, which is in my hometown of El Paso. I pay 2,856 per semester and it is easy to pay with or without loans. There are a lot of scholarships offered here for just being involved in an organization, having good grades, and for working too. Either way, you should still apply for financial aid if in case the tuition is over your budget. Grants are also useful!
Melissa from El Paso, TX
I am actually from Yuma Arizona so going to an out-of-state school was out of the question. However, the university provides a tuition reduction program called Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, this program allows me to attend this out-of-state college while paying the in state tuition opposed to the out-of-state. I am very happy to say that the tuition is very low and reasonable.
Christina from Las Cruces, NM
I have a full ride to NMSU, if you are from a family that doesn't have much income there are scholarships, grants and other types of financial aid to help you pay the costs. NMSU is pretty affordable.
Yvonne from Las Cruces, NM
At NMSU there are a lot of deals on books at the bookstore and from other students who are selling the books for reasonable prices
Jennifer from Carlsbad, NM
NMSU is one of the most cost efficient schools in the country, welcoming students from all over the world into its unique atmosphere as it is easier to pay for than numerous other schools while still offering a great education.
In addition, scholarships are abundant at NMSU and the desire to see their students succeed is reflected in the amount of money that is rewarded to students in the form of scholarships and grants every year.
Lyndi from Folsom, NM
The campus financial aid department here worked wonders for me. I do not know where i would go to school if it were not for the help I received from these staff members here. They made it so i never fall behind in debt, yet my monthly payments are small enough that I can accomodate to.
Jessica from Las Cruces, NM