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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog



All costs are given for one term. The university reserves the right to change any of the charges without notice.


Undergraduate New Mexico Residents Undergraduate Non-Residents
Fall or Spring Term
12-18 credits (full-time) $2,913.60 $9,134.40
7-11 credits, per credit or over 18 credits 242.80 761.20
1-6 credits, per credit 242.80 761.20
Summer Term
9 to 12 credits (full-time) $2,185.20
1-8 credits, per credit. 242.80

Tuition and fees for auditing classes are the same as above. Short courses, workshops, and institutes are treated as completely separate sessions with varied credit rates.


Undergraduate admission application fee $15.00
New student orientation fee 40.00
International student admission application fee 50.00
International students orientation fee 50.00
Distance education course fee (per credit) 25.00
ASNMSU Fee (Fall/ Spring 1-11 credit enrollment) 33.50
ASNMSU Fee (Summer 1-8 credit enrollment) 12.40
Course examination fee (per credit) 242.80
Certificate degree fee 10.00
Bachelor or Associate degree fee 25.00
Master or Doctorate degree fee 35.00
Degree application late filling fee 25.00
Late Registration Fee Base Cost 25.00

COURSE FEES (fees assessed per course)

See each term’s Schedule of Classes for lists of courses with additional fees.

Applied Music courses- see Music section of catalog


All international students are required to have Student Health Center coverage and to purchase the student accident and health insurance 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. All International graduate assistants are required to have supplemental health insurance. (see below optional fees for costs)


Wellness/Fitness Fee-RATES MAY INCREASE FOR 2011-2012

The Wellness/Fitness fee is included in full-time tuition for Las Cruces Campus students. 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.

Supplemental Health Insurance

Students who have access to the Student Health Center may choose to purchase 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. Insurance information is available at

Housing Services

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

Fall/Spring Summer
Double Occupancy (Monagle) $1,742.00 n/a
Double Occupancy (Garcia Hall) 1,915.00. n/a
Double Occupancy (Pinon Hall) 2,132.00 n/a
Double Occupancy, Suite Bath(RGH) 1,824.00 n/a
Double Occupancy, Community Bath(RGH) 1,629.00 n/a
Single Occupancy (Garcia) 3,064.00 n/a
Single Occupancy (Monagle) 2,787.00. n/a
Single Occupancy, Suite Bath (RGH) 2,918.00 n/a
Single Occupancy, Community Bath (RGH) 2,606.00 n/a
Four Bedroom Apartment (Cervantes Village) 1,976.00 1,624.00
Four Bedroom (Chamisa Village) 2,421.00 1,990.00
Two-Bedroom Apartment (Cervantes Village) 2,092.00 1,720.00
Two-Bedroom Private Apartment (Cervantes Village) 3,139.00 2,580.00
Two-Bedroom Apartment (Vista del Monte) 2,237.00 1,839.00
Two-Bedroom Private Apartment (Vista del Monte). 3,356.00 2,759.00
Two-Bedroom (Chamisa Village) 2,766.00 2,274.00
Efficiency Apartment (Cervantes Village) 2,160.00 1,776.00
Graduate Community per month (Vista del Monte) 808.00 808.00
Student Family Housing (per month) 630.00 630.00
Family Housing Four-Bedroom (Cervantes Village, per month) 856.00 856.00

Dining Services

See “Housing and Residential Life” section for meal plan descriptions, application process, deposit requirement, regulations, and eligibility.

Fall/Spring Summer
Plan A (unlimited entrances + 100 flex points) $1,395.00* n/a
Plan B (225 entrances + 150 flex points) 1,395.00* n/a
Plan C (165 entrances + 200 flex points) 1,395.00* n/a
Aggie Plan (82 entrances + 100 flex points) 683.00* n/a
Pete's Plan (50 entrances + 100 flex points) 463.00* n/a
Crimson Plan (14 entrances + 175 flex points 276.00* n/a

Late Registration Penalties

A late registration penalty of $25 will be assessed for course registrations processed during a term's late registration time period. Failure to make scheduled payment with the University Accounts Receivable on due dates may result in additional liability.


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 class schedule. Payments can be made by mail, web, telephone, or in person at the 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. Students utilizing the payment plan for Fall and Spring terms will have the balance due in four equal monthly installments within the term. Summer terms have two installments within the term. A payment plan fee of $20.00 is assessed to students using the plan for each campus enrolled. 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 class schedule. 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.

Tuition Adjustments, Refund, and Forfeitures

Any student officially dropping or withdrawing from a course or courses during a term may receive tuition and fee adjustments as outlined in the current class schedule. No tuition adjustments will be made on classes of less than five weeks’ duration. Non-attendance does not constitute official course drop or withdrawal. All charges due to the University must be paid before refunds will be permitted.

In cases of academic or disciplinary suspension, eligibility for tuition adjustments will depend on the conditions of the suspension and will be entirely at the option of the university. Should unforeseen circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the University result in curtailing classes, closing residence facilities, or otherwise withdrawing services that are a normal function of NMSU, refunds of any nature will be at the discretion of the university administration.

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

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.


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).


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 nearby off-camps workstation may purchase the student wellness/fitness optional fees the same as a part-time student enrolled in 1-5 credits.


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 NMSU Registrar's Office administers residency.

Information on the following programs may be obtained from the Office of Admissions:

  • Residents of Texas who reside in Texas within 135 miles of the NMSU-Las Cruces campus may be eligible for a special tuition rate for the Las Cruces campus only.
  • American Indian nations, tribes and pueblos. All out of state members of an American Indian nation, tribe, and pueblo, located wholly or partially in New Mexico, regardless of the residence of the member prior to acceptance at a post-secondary educational institution shall be eligible to pay the in-state tuition rate. These include members of the following tribes or pueblos: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Taos pueblo, Picuris pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara pueblo, Nambe pueblo, Navajo tribe, San Ildefonso pueblo, Pojoaque pueblo, Tesuque pueblo, Cochiti pueblo, Jemez pueblo, Santo Domingo pueblo, San Felipe pueblo, Zia pueblo, Santa Ana pueblo, Sandia pueblo, Isleta pueblo, Laguna pueblo, Acoma pueblo, Zuni pueblo, and the Ute Mountain tribe.
  • The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) allows students in western states to enroll in college programs at a special tuition rate. Students interested in dentistry, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, forestry, graduate library studies, graduate nursing education, and public health should see the paragraph on Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in the “Resources for Students” section.
  • Special provisions consistent with the NMSU Servicemembers Opportunity College and other agreements apply for active military and veterans- see section Military/ Veterans and Family Members.


All full-time students may purchase an additional accident and sickness policy to supplement the Student Health Center service. Part-time students enrolled for 6 or more credits may purchase the additional accident and sickness policy provided they have paid the health fee.