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Do you need help completing the FAFSA?

Our Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is here to help. You can make an appointment with them by calling (505) 747-2183, emailing eoc@nnmc.edu or Make An Appointment.

For other questions about Financial Aid:

Call the office at (505) 747-2128 or email us at finaid@nnmc.edu.

The Opportunity Scholarship: tuition-FREE higher education for every New Mexican

If you are an established New Mexico resident or a member of the Navajo Nation residing in Arizona and plan to enroll in at least six credit hours toward a training certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree, you could be eligible for up to 100 percent of your tuition and fees paid for through the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship. There is no application for the Opportunity Scholarship, the financial aid office will determine if you are eligible. If you have questions please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@NNMC.edu.

For more information, go to www.ReachHigherNM.com, and download our Opportunity & Lottery Scholarship FAQs.

Financial Aid Office
M-F / 8:30a to 5p

(505) 747-2128
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1) How do I get Financial Aid?

The first thing you need to do is file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can do this by going to studentaid.gov. If you need assistance the NNMC Financial Aid Office can help you, go to Bit.ly/FAFSA-completion to set up your one-on-one appointment.

2) I don’t think I am going to qualify for Federal Financial Aid, should I still file a FAFSA?

Yes, even if you think you will not get Federal Aid you may still qualify for State, Institutional or Private funds. The FAFSA is the door to many forms of aid, by not completing it you may be leaving money on the table.

3) Will Financial Aid cover all my education expenses?

There is no guarantee that Financial Aid can cover all your expenses, but the NNMC Financial Aid Office will assist you to help you receive any funding you are eligible for.

4) What do I do if Financial Aid does not cover all my expenses?

There are many options for students who need additional funding for their education. Be sure to check out our Scholarship page https://nnmc.edu/home/student-gateway/financial-aid/scholarships/, follow us on Facebook – Financial Aid at Northern, and read the weekly Eagle Newsletter for announcement on scholarships the come available throughout the year. Northern also has a payment plan option, contact the Business Office at (505) 747-2136 for more information.

5) I have a balance from a previous semester, with Financial Aid cover that?

Unfortunately Financial Aid can not be used to cover prior balances.

6) I filed the FAFSA, but my financial situation changed due to COVID, what should I do?

The NNMC Financial Aid Office can help you by evaluating your situation and seeing if you would qualify for a process called Professional Judgement. Please contact the office at finaid@nnmc.edu to request the proper forms.

7) When I was attending college previously I was not getting good grades; would that prevent me from qualifying for Financial Aid?

It is possible, however in many cases we can evaluate to see if an exception can be made. Please contact the office at finaid@NNMC.edu to request the proper forms.

8) I have been out for a semester (or more) would I still qualify for the NM lottery Scholarship?

Unfortunately you would not qualify for the NM Lottery Scholarship as it does require continuous enrollment. However, there may be other aid that you qualify for. It is a good idea to complete the FAFSA to find out everything you may be eligible to receive.

9) Can I use my Financial Aid to pay for my books?

If a students Financial Aid exceeds the amount of institutional charges they may use that credit to assist with buying books. It is in the best interest of the student to ensure that all their financial aid paper work is completed and submitted at least four weeks prior to the start of the term to ensure they will have the funding in time to apply for the voucher through the bookstore.  Please refer to the academic catalog (https://nnmc.edu/home/academics/academic-calendar/) for the date students can start using their aid toward their bookstore charges. For instructions on how to use your aid for bookstore charges please go to the Bookstore @NNMC page at https://nnmc.edu/bookstore/ and  https://bncvirtual.com/nnmc.

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