Tuition/Financial Aid/Scholarships

How much is tuition at UNM?
Undergraduate tuition for the 2014 fall semester is $6,447 (NM resident) and $20,688 (nonresident) for full-time enrollment. Download a pdf of the Fall 2014 Main Campus Tuition and Fee Rates.

How do students apply for financial aid?
Students should complete a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA application can be obtained from a student’s high school counseling office.  This form should be submitted by March 1.

What types of financial aid are available?
The University of New Mexico offers students a wide variety of financial aid programs.  These programs include grants, loans and work-study.  In order to be considered, a student must submit a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Are there scholarships available?
Yes.  UNM has a number of scholarships available for qualified students.  There are scholarships for NM residents, nonresidents and transfer students.  Most scholarships are based on merit, although some are based on both merit and financial need.  Consult the scholarship section of Preview UNM for a partial listing of scholarships, and a description of eligibility requirements and award amounts.

UNM does offer the Amigo Scholarship for nonresident students.  The Amigo allows a nonresident student to pay NM in-state tuition plus awards a $200 per semester stipend. The eligibility requirements for the Amigo are:

High School GPA ACT Score SAT Score
3.0+ 26+ 1190+
3.5+ 23+ 1070+

Also, several UNM academic departments offer scholarships to beginning freshmen. Please contact the Scholarship Office at (505) 277-6090 for additional information.

What is Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE and WUE Plus)?
WUE is the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in western states may enroll in many two-year and four-year college programs at a reduced tuition level: 150 percent of the institution’s regular resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition.


WUE Enrollment—Interested students must be admitted to UNM prior to applying for the WUE subsidy. First-time freshmen must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT composite score of at least 21 or the SAT equivalent (1000). Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) on 30 transfer hours. All UNM Programs are open to WUE students. Access to the WUE Program is selective; enrollment is limited to 30 students per academic year.

WUE Plus—22 ACT (1030 SAT) and 3.0 Unit GPA.

How to Apply: For consideration, students must contact the WUE Coordinator at (505) 277-3361 to begin the WUE admissions process.

Tuition and Fees Reference Guide

Download a pdf of the Fall 2014 Main Campus Tuition and Fee Rates.

Enrollment Cancellation is Friday, August 8, 2014. Students must pay their Enrollment Cancellation balance by 5:00 PM. Payment plans and online payments will be available through 11:59 PM.

Reduced Tuition for Senior Citizens: A student qualifies for a reduced tuition rate of $5 per credit hour if they are:

  • A New Mexico resident as defined by the NM Department of Higher Ed;
  • Age 65 or older as of the 21st day from the starts of the semester;
  • Registering for no more than six credit hours;
  • Registering on or after August 18, 2014

Refund Deadlines: Courses must be dropped by 5:00 PM on the listed day below to receive the refund.

  All Programs, except
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
First-Half Term Friday, August 29, 2014 Monday, September 15, 2014
Three-Quarter Term Friday, August 29, 2014 n/a
Full Term Friday, September 5, 2014 Monday, September 22, 2104
Second-Half Term Friday, October 24, 2014 Friday, November 7, 2014

Open Learning Courses or courses that are outside the traditional schedule, are fully refundable if dropped before 20% of the course has been completed, except Independent Study through Correspondence courses (see below). Do not include partial days when calculating 20% of completion. For example, 20% of an 8-day course equals 1.6 days; therefore, the refund is calculated only if course is dropped on or before the first day. Courses with duration of 5 days or less must be dropped on or before the first day of the course to receive a full refund.

Independent Study through Correspondence courses are fully refundable if dropped on or before the 33rd day of registration AND no coursework has been submitted. Please contact the Correspondence Office for additional information.

A course is not dropped by not attending. It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop or withdraw from UNM by the published deadline (see above) to insure proper credit of tuition and fees are received.

Mandatory Student Fees, Course Fees, and Curricular Fees

Mandatory Student Fees, as prescribed in UNM Policy 1310, are assessed to all students registered on main campus, including the Health Sciences Center, and are assessed with tuition. Through the Student Fee Review Board (SFRB), ASUNM and GPSA hold deliberation on the fee amount to assess. The Board of Regents approves the final amount.

Course Fees, as prescribed in UNM Policy 8210.3,“are intended to help defray costs specifically associated with certain courses and are not intended to replace general operation costs, which are paid from tuition.” They are approved by the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Chancellor for Health Sciences (UNM Policy 8210).

Curricular Fees, as prescribed in UNM Policy 8210.3.2,“are charged to support curricular needs in the department, college, or school. The fee funds short-term and long-term needs for the purpose of instructing students, including technology, broadly shared materials and equipment, and other expenses relevant to multiple courses in a program.” They are a type of course fee, therefore, are approved by the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Chancellor for Health Sciences.

UNM Alumni Association,
Jun 27, 2014, 9:49 AM