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DACC Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA), or Student Budget, is an estimate 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 2018-19 year.

2018-2019 Estimated One Year Budget

In-District with Parents In-District On Campus In-District Off-Campus Out-of-District with Parents Out-of-District on Campus Out-of-District Off Campus Non-Resident On Campus Non-Resident Off Campus
Tuition and Fees $1,776 $1,776 $2,160 $2,160 $2,160 $2,160 $5,664 $5,664
Housing $2,946 $5,350† $6,674 $2,946 $5,350† $6,674 $5,350† $6,674
Dining Membership† $2,484 $3,902† $2,484 $2,484 $3,902† $2,484 $3,902† $2,484
Books and Supplies‡ $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250 $1,250
Personal Expenses $2,502 $2,502 $2,502 $2,502 $2,502 $2,502 $2,502 $2,502
Transportation $1,690 $1,690 $1,690 $1,690 $1,690 $1,690 $1,690 $1,690
Total $12,648 $16,470 $16,760 $13,032 $16,854 $16,670 $20,358 $20,264

†Actual cost for on-campus students will vary depending on resident hall and dining membership.  Costs above for housing are based on the year rate for double occupancy.
‡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.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

Download our Out-of-Pocket Cost Worksheet to help you determine what you may need to pay out-of-pocket. Visit your Award Overview in your myNMSU to view how much total aid you are eligible to receive.

Out-of-Pocket Cost Worksheet

Direct Budget Components

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

Room and Board will be determined according to information received from your FAFSA and your home campus. Room and board rates are based on a survey of apartments, dorms, meal plans and food expenses located in the vicinity of your home campus. Students may be ineligible for the Room component of Student Budget if you receive a military housing stipend or are independent and live at home. You will be ineligible for both a Room and Board component if you are enrolled less than half-time (6 hours for undergraduates) or if you are currently incarcerated.

Housing Rates

Dining Membership will be calculated for students who are enrolled in a dining plan through the University. If a student does not have a dining membership, a fixed estimate is used.

Meal Plans & Rates

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.