Office of Financial Aid


New Mexico Highlands University is committed to helping all students attain an affordable education. The Financial Aid Office awards funding to as many qualified students as possible. Using a combination of family support, grants, loans, work programs, and scholarships, we work so that each student has a personalized financial aid package.

Students apply for federal and state student aid programs, including Pell Grants, federal and state supplemental grants, Perkins Loans, and Stafford Loans by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office also awards the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship for all recent graduates of New Mexico high schools and GED recipients as applicable, as well as other state, Highlands Foundation and university scholarships.

A financial aid package is prepared for you after all components of your application are reviewed by a financial aid adviser. Your package might be different from another’s as the financial aid process is individualized based on your particular living and financial circumstances. Our office will ensure you have a financial aid package that best fits your situation. Once the semester is underway and you are registered for all you classes, the awards in your financial aid package will be credited to your student account in the Business Office to offset the charges of tuition, fees, on campus housing, and other charges (i.e. bookstore charges). Amounts that exceed your charges will be reimbursed to you. Use these funds wisely, as they are intended to help you for the duration of the semester. Plan a budget ahead of time.

Applying for financial aid is simply a matter of accurately completing forms and getting paperwork submitted. You can get help with this process, so do not let the application forms scare you away.

Remember also, that the process is largely created through paperwork. Therefore, you should keep copies of everything you send or deliver, as well as records of any relevant dates. Do not give the Financial Aid Office original income tax forms or other important documents. Make copies and have the copies dated by the Financial Aid Office in order to ensure that materials have been received.