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Financial Aid

Welcome to Highlands! 

NMHU’s President Minner and Vice President Roxanne Gonzales welcome students and encourage everyone to complete their current FAFSA. Concepcion Perez-Carrillo and Damien DeRego also provide testimonials on how financial aid assisted with completing their degrees at NMHU.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Staff Directory
Main Office 505-454-3318 or 1-800-379-4038
Fax: 505-454-3398

New Mexico Highlands University School Code: 002653


Important Financial Aid Notice

The 2024-2025 FAFSA launch is delayed until December 31, 2023. Due to significant changes the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the launch date has been delayed from October 1, 2023 until December 31, 2023.

2024-2025 FAFSA Simplification Act Update

Useful links

The overhaul is expected to make applying for federal financial aid easier for student and their families. More information can be found at:

The 2023-24 FAFSA is available starting October 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024 for Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024. The free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is online at The FAFSA must be completed every year to be eligible for Federal Aid. These funds include the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study and Direct Student Loans.

New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship:
Learn more about how to access tuition-free college in New Mexico through the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.

Understanding Tuition-Free College in New Mexico – YouTube

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FAFSA and FSA ID Tips (video)

To view your financial aid information and awards, visit Self Service Banner/Student Awards.

Always follow up with our office after completing the FAFSA. We communicate through your NMHU email to notify you of any forms needed from our office. Click below to print financial aid forms needed to complete your financial aid file.

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Types of financial aid

Grants  | Loans  | Scholarships  | Student Employment |

Student resources

Disbursement Dates

NMHU Consumer Information

Financial Wellness

Constitution Day

New Mexico Higher Education Department

Federal Student Aid

US Department of Education COVID-19 information

Financial aid and scholarships FAQs

Where do I submit my financial aid documents that are being requested by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships?
Please submit all requested documents to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships via email at Once we receive your documents, we will send a confirmation email to you or your parent. If we need more information, we will email you.

When will my financial aid disburse to my student account?
Financial aid disbursements are on the third week of classes for each semester. Reimbursements will be available starting on the third Friday of the semester if your financial aid file is complete. Disbursements are posted to student accounts on Wednesdays for the remaining semester, and reimbursements are available on Fridays. Inquiries related to reimbursements should be sent to the Student Accounts Receivable Office at or by calling 505-454-3444. Disbursement Dates

When are loan disbursements?
Two term loans (fall/spring) are disbursed into two disbursements. The first disbursement is in the fall semester and the second disbursement is in spring semester. One-term loans (spring only, summer only) are disbursed in two disbursements as well. The first disbursement is disbursed when the loan is processed and second disbursement at mid-terms.

Are there emergency funds available for students to apply for through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships?
For emergency funding provided from NMHU, please contact the NMHU Foundation Office at