Student Q&A | Northern New Mexico College
Dr. Bailey, since the number of enrollments have been increasing this past semester, does that mean that there will be a tuition decrease in the near future?

Thank you for the thoughtful question.  It is true — enrollment at Northern New Mexico College has continued to grow over the past two years. This has led us to be one of the only schools in the state not to raise tuition for the FY19 school year. 

We are also exploring a multi-tiered tuition structure, where 1st and 2nd year courses are at a lower tuition and fee structure than 3rd and 4th year. These changes are being considered for the FY20 school year, and we will be looking for input from our students and the public throughout the process.

Let me also say that we take our tuition and fees very seriously.  We continue to be, by far, the most affordable four-year college in all of the Southwest US.  We know we have to stay on the top of that list because of the community we serve.  It is our intention to stay in the number one spot, and we will do everything we can to offer world-class quality, affordable educational opportunities for all of Northern New Mexico.

President Bailey, What are you going to do for students who travel a big distance and would like to attend Northern. Does Northern provide housing for out of town or out of state students? Thank you

Thank you very much for your question.  Right now, Northern New Mexico College is the only 4-year institution in the state without operational student residences (we do have facilities in El Rito for approximately 100 students, but will need a year or so before those are available again).

The good news is that several potential investors have shown interest in the possibility of a public-private partnership to build student residences on or close to our Española campus.  Our best guess is that we are still about two years away from being able to open a facility like that, but will work diligently to move forward.

In addition, Northern is working on increasing our capacity for distance education.  As the most affordable four-year college in all of the southwest US, we know that we will be an attractive option for those who want quality, fully-accredited programs but have challenges with transportation.  I am excited about the possibility of serving students in Northern New Mexico for whom transportation is a prohibitive factor. I will keep the college and community updated on all of these efforts.

Will the passing grade of  C+ change to a C?

On May 29, Northern's Board of Regents will be voting on the change to the failing grade of  "C- and below" to "D+ and below". If approved, this will be valid only for grades assigned starting in Fall 2018.

As a former student of NNMC it has been brought to my attention that the athletic program scholarships are enormous, and it is bothersome that the Native American Communities surrounding NNMC tuition waivers are no longer in place. It seems like this is an injustice to our communities.

Thank you for the question. We do offer scholarships to some student athletes, but they are not as enormous as you think. Some student athlete scholarship money is distributed each year based on need, other funding sources, etc. As for Native American tuition waivers, I am happy to report that we passed a resolution last year with our Board of Regents that allows each of our Eight Northern Pueblo neighbors to select a student each semester (fall and spring), and that student earns a scholarship from Northern New Mexico College equal to full tuition. This is very similar to the program you mention in your question.

We are in the process of putting MOUs (Memorandums of Understanding) together with each of the Pueblos who are interested (we already have them in place for Ohkay Owingeh and Nambe, are finalizing one with San IlDefonso, and hopefully will have the others in place by the end of the summer.) Thanks again for the question!

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