Getting Started

Research Before You Choose

Choosing the right school can be tough, so research first to make an informed decision!

Research Before You Choose use the various tools available to you:  College Scorecard , College Navigator , Federal Student AidFinancial Aid Shopping Sheet , Paying for College, and Tuition Assistance (TA) Decide. To find out the total estimated yearly cost of attendance, including tuition, fees, and other living expenses, go to Cost of Attendance. Our Net Price Calculator can provide a preliminary estimate of federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility.  NMSU Financial Aid Advisors can help you create the best financial plan. Determine the price of books, course materials, and supplies at the NMSU Bookstore.

Explore financial assistance through University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Use this  checklist to help you in the financial aid process. Visit the FAFSA Application Process page and view the FAFSA video tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

Getting Started

Step-by-step instruction on how to get started

1.Apply for VA Educational Benefits:

-We STRONGLY encourage you to apply as soon as possible, since the application process can be lengthy.

2. Apply for Admission: Note this can be a lengthy process due to the transcripts.

-If you are an out-of-state student, discuss being an in-state student for tuition purposes only.

3. Request Transcripts: College, military and high school transcripts

-Remember: Transcripts must come from one institution directly to our institution

Air Force Transcripts

Army, Marines, and Navy Transcripts

4. Advising: Talk to an Academic Advisor and have them sign your degree plan, and request a copy of placement test scores.

5. Certification: The Veterans Programs office will need a copy of each of the following documents:

Registration Document (mynmsu)

Signed Degree Plan (Advisor)

Placement test scores (Advisor)

VA Certification of Eligibility (VA)

DD214 (Veterans) or N.O.B.E (for Guard or Reservist)

Student Responsibilities Form (Veterans Program office, or website)

Information Sheet (Veterans Program office, or website)

6. Veterans Lounge: Please remember if you wish to gain access to the Veterans Lounge, submit a request to the Veterans Programs Office to gain access.

If you have any questions, please call the NMSU-A Veterans Office.

1. Apply for VA Educational Benefits:

-We STRONGLY encourage you to apply as soon as possible, since the application process can be lengthy.

2. Apply for Admission: Note this can be a lengthy process due to the transcripts.

-If you are an out-of-state student, discuss being an in-state student for tuition purposes only.

3. Request Transcripts: College and high school transcripts

-Remember: Transcripts must come from one institution directly to our institution. If you have over 30 college credit hours, we will not require your high school or GED transcripts.

4. Advising: Talk to an academic advisor and have them sign your degree plan, and request a copy of AccuPlacer Test scores.

5. Certification: The Veterans Programs office will need a copy of each of the following documents – please have all documents ready before submitting to the Veterans Program office:

Registration Document (mynmsu)

Signed Degree Plan (Advisor)

Placement test scores (Advisor)

VA certification of Eligibility (VA)

Student Responsibilities Form (Veterans Program office, or website)

Information Sheet (Veterans Program office, or website)

1.Step 1: VA

Fill out a change of place of training on Vets.gov to transfer your VA Education Benefits to NMSU Las Cruces. Form 22-1995 for Veterans or Form 22-5495 for Dependents.

2. Step 2: Transfer Coordinator

Schedule an appointment with the transfer coordinator to talk about transferring from NMSU Alamogordo to NMSU Las Cruces.

NMSU-A Advising

575.439.3600

advisingNMSUA@nmsu.edu

3. Step 3: Admissions

Fill out a Change of Campus form with NMSU Las Cruces.

4. Step 4: Academic Advisor

Set up an appointment with an academic advisor at NMSU Las Cruces for a degree plan.

NMSU Las Cruces Advisor Contact

Step 5: Military and Veterans Programs

During your first visit to the MVP at NMSU Las Cruces, you will need the following:

Certificate of Eligibility

NMSU Office of Military and Veterans Programs Information Sheet

NMSU Office of Military and Veterans Programs Student Responsibilities Form

NMSU Office of Military and Veterans Programs Semester Hold Sheet

College Degree Plan or STAR Degree Audit Report

Concise Student Schedule

If you have any question please contact the MVP Office: 575.646.4524

mvp@nmsu.edu

mvp.nmsu.edu

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA. To find out more, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp
1. Apply for Admission: Note this can be a lengthy process due to the transcripts. (If you are an out-of-state student, discuss being an in-state student for tuition purposes only)

2. Request Transcripts: College, military and high school transcripts (Remember Transcripts must come from one institution directly to our institution) You can request military Transcripts at:

Air Force

Army, Marines, and Navy

3. Advising: Talk to an Academic Advisor and have them sign your degree plan, and request a copy of placement test scores

4. Certification: The Veterans Programs Office will need a copy of each of the following documents.

  • Class Schedule & Statement of Account (mynmsu)
  • Signed Degree Plan (Advisor)
  • Placement test scores (Advisor)
  • Student Responsibilities Form (Veterans Program Office, or website)
  • Information Sheet (Veterans Program Office, or website)

5. Create a mynmsu account to order your textbooks.

6. Veterans Lounge: Please remember if you wish to gain access to the Veterans Lounge, submit a request to the Veterans Programs Office


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.