Financial Aid / Preparing for College

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Getting Ready to Continue Your Education After High School

Continuing Your Education - Preparing for College or Career School

Find tips and advice on getting ready for college or career school from Federal Student Aid.  Features on this website can help you to start defining your goals and interests, understanding college costs, and planning financially and academically.

Whether you’re a student or parent, years away from college or just about to start, checklists from Federal Student Aid provide checklists to help you understand and master the steps central to applying for college admission and financial aid.

Mapping Your Future provides programs and initiatives to help people achieve financial wellness and lead successful lives. Find tips and activities to help students explore careers, prepare for college, manage money and pay for college. 



General Online Financial Aid Resources

General Online Financial Aid Resources

Federal Student Aid (FSA)
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, administers programs that comprise the nation's largest source of student aid.  This office is responsible for developing, distributing and processing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
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U.S. Department of Education publications can be identified and ordered through the Ed Pubs site.  All publications are provided free of charge to the general public. Students and parents can order single copies of hard copy publications.
Federal Student Aid Publications

Per the Federal Student Aid website: 

  • As of Aug. 30, 2018, FSA publications are no longer in print. 
  • FSA's current offering of publications and resources will continue to be available electronically.

Financial Aid Toolkit's resource page offers tools and resources (including electronic versions of publications) financial aid awareness and outreach to students and parents.

Electronic versions of publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help students prepare and pay for college or career school are available at is FSA's informational website for students, parents, and borrowers.

*Printed copies of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form will continue to be made available. Students and parents who do not have access to the internet can request a printed-out copy of the FAFSA PDF (in English, Spanish, or Braille) by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 334-523-2691 (TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913). We will no longer provide bulk shipments of FAFSA forms to institutional customers (e.g., high schools and postsecondary schools).

Federal Loan Programs

Federal Loan Programs 

Financial aid to help pay for college or career school is available from a variety of sources - including federal, state, school, and private sources. The Federal Student Aid website provides details on  the types of aid offered by government, education, private and nonprofit entities.

Well-known loan programs include:

Federal Perkins Loans - This program provides low-interest loans to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education.

Direct PLUS Loans - Parents of dependent students may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child's education expenses as long as eligibility requirements are met.  Graduate and professional students may apply for PLUS Loans for their own expenses.

Federal Grant Programs

Federal Grant Programs

Federal Pell Grant Program - Provides need-based grants to low-income graduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education.  Grant amounts are dependent on student's expected family contribution, cost of attendance, enrollment status, and attendance during an academic year.

Federal Supplemental Education Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) - This program provides need-based grants to low-income undergratuate students to promote access to postsecondary education.  Priority is given to those students with "exceptional need", and those who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients.

NM Dept of Higher Education

New Mexico Department of Higher Education

NM Dept of Higher Education - The Financial Aid Division makes programs, including Legislative Lottery Scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities, available to students in New Mexico.  For general Financial Aid Division inquiries -  call (800) 279-9777.

Financial Aid Contacts and Information - New Mexico Colleges & Universities

Financial Aid Offices for New Mexico Colleges and Universities


Central New Mexico Community College
Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
(505) 224-3090

Dine College
Financial Aid General Information
1228 Yucca St
PO Box 580
Shiprock, NM 87420
(505) 368-3511 / 3513

Eastern New Mexico University
Office of Financial Aid
ENMU Station 20
1500 Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
(575) 562-2194 | 1-800-FOR-ENMU (1-800-367-3668)

Institute of American Indian Art
Student Success Center - Financial Aid
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508-1300
(505) 4245724

New Mexico Highlands University
Financial Aid
Felix Martinez Building
New Mexico Highlands University
Las Vegas, NM 87701
(505) 454-3318 | 1-800-379-4038

New Mexico Junior College
Financial Aid
1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, NM 88240
(575) 392-5172 | 1-800-657-6260

New Mexico State University
Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
MSC 5100
New Mexico State University
PO Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-4105 | (877) 278-8586

New Mexico Tech
Financial Aid
Fidel Center, Second Floor
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(800) 428-8324 | (575) 835-5333

Northern New Mexico College
Financial Aid Home
921 N. Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM 87532

Santa Fe Community College
Financial Aid Office
6401 Richards Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87508
(505) 428-1268

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)
Financial Aid Office
9169 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120
(505) 346-2361 | (505) 346-2344

University of New Mexico
Financial Aid Office
MSC11 6315
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-8900 | 1-800-CALLUNM (1-800-255-5866)

Western New Mexico University
Financial Aid
Western New Mexico University
PO Box 680
Silver City, NM 88062
(575) 538-6173


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