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Carlsbad Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimation of your educational expenses for a given period of enrollment. A fall and spring budget will each be calculated for 4.5 months, and a summer budget will be calculated for 3 months. Below is an example of Cost of Attendance for one academic year. These amounts are estimates for the 2019-20 year.

2019-2020 Estimated Educational Expenses

In-District with Parents Out-of-District with Parents Out-of-District Off Campus Non-Resident Off Campus
Tuition and Fees $1,276 $2,068 $2,068 $4,108
Housing* $2,988 $2,988 $9,956 $9,956
Meals* $2,526 $2,526 $2,526 $2,526
Books and Supplies* $1,240 $1,240 $1,240 $1,240
Personal Expenses* $2,710 $2,710 $2,710 $2,710
Transportation* $1,706 $1,706 $1,706 $1,706
Total $12,446 $13,238 $20,206 $22,246

*These expenses are included in your Cost of Attendance, but are NOT charged directly to your student account.

How do I view my Cost of Attendance?

To view your Cost of Attendance, log in to your my.nmsu.edu account and find your Award Overview under Financial Aid.

Overview of Expenses

Tuition and Fees will be determined based on the exact cost of the program in which you are enrolled, and the credit hours you are taking in a single semester. 

Tuition & Fees

Housing will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Meals will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Books and Supplies will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Personal Expenses will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the IRS. Personal expenses include costs for clothing, toiletries, recreational and other miscellaneous expenses. You will be ineligible for a Personal Expenses component if you are enrolled less than half-time (6 hours for undergraduates and 5 hours for graduates).

Transportation will be calculated for all students using national averages obtained from The College Board and/or the IRS. Transportation costs are based on a student living locally and commuting to class five days a week.

Please keep in mind that your budget will change to reflect any updates you may make to your student record and/or FAFSA.