Tuition & Fees

Costs will vary depending on the number of credit hours you take, which courses you take, the textbooks you need and your choice of living arrangements.

Within the Carlsbad School District

In District Cost
per credit $42.00
12-18 credits $504.00
per credit more than 18 $42.00

Outside the Carlsbad School District

Out-of-District Cost
per credit $73.00
12-18 credits $876.00
per credit more than 18 $73.00

Non Resident (Summer only)

Non-Resident Cost
per credit *$73.00
12-18 credits **$876.00
per credit more than 18 $73.00

*Non-resident students who enroll for six semester credits or less will be charged at the out-of-district rate.
**Weekend College/Short Courses are charged separately, regardless of enrollment in other courses.
Note: Tuition and fees are subject to changes as mandated by the New Mexico Legislature and the NMSU Board of Regents.

Reduced Tuition Rates for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens (people 65 years or older) who are New Mexico residents are eligible for reduced tuition, under the Senior Citizens Reduced Tuition Act. The cost is $5 tuition plus a $3 administrative fee for a total of $8 per credit hour; additional fees such as course or lab fees may apply as well. Senior citizens may register for a maximum of six (6) semester credits at the reduced rate, on a space-available basis.

Laboratory and Other Fees

These fees will be assessed to the student in addition to tuition:

  • Application: $35 first-time NMSU international students (non-refundable)
  • Late registration: $25
  • Degree/Certificate Application Fees: $25 for each associate Degree (plus an additional $25 for late application)
  • Certificate Application Fee: $10
  • Distance Education Fee for students taking Online (Blackboard) or ITV Courses: $25 per credit

Laboratory Fees (refundable only through 100 percent period):

$10 ET 106, 182, 183, 184, 202, 246, 250, 272, 274, 275, 282, BOT 150, NURS 150
$15 BCIS110G, 122, 210, 222, BOT101, 102, 105, 106, 110, 121, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 211, 213, 214, 218, 219, 223, 280, CS110G, ET120, 122, 155, 284, OECS101, 105, 110, 111, 120, 125, 150,  200,  207, 208, 209, 210,  211, 215, 220, 225,  230, 231, 260, 280, OEEM290
$20 ANTH 297, HIST 269
$24 HVAC 102, 210
$25 ART150, 151, 155, 157, 250, 252, 260, 261, 262, BIOL111, 211, 221, 222, 225, 226, CHEM110,111, 112, 211, GEOG111L, GEOL 111L, OECS185, PHYS110, 211, 212, 215, PE 150, 250
$40 ET116, 217, 244, CMT 126, 130, 135, 140, 142,145, 155, 170, 175, 180, 190,  192,  195, 205, 210, 215, 220, 227, 230, 240, 241,255, 260, 290, 291, 295
$42 HVAC 101
$50 NA 101, NURS153, 154, 155, 210, 211, 212, WELD100, 101, 105, 110, 115, 125, 130, 140, 150, 151, 170, 180, 211, 225, 295
$55 NA 109
$65 OEEM 127, 157
$80 NURS146, NURS156, NURS157, NURS246, NURS256, NURS258, NURS260
$125 EMT – Basic Courses (OEEM 101, 120, 120L, 121)
$175 EMT – Intermediate Courses (OEEM 150, 150L, 151)

Health Fee

Full-time students are charged a $50 fee per semester for unlimited use of the NMSU Carlsbad Health Clinic located in Room 104 on the lower level of the main building. Part-time students have the option of paying the $50 fee per semester to use the clinic.