FAQs for Veterans

To find out if you are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill® you may call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor.

If you are eligible for the GI Bill® please come visit the Student Services/VA office at NMSU Carlsbad in room 111, or contact us at (575) 234-9221 / 234-9220. We will help you apply for your benefits and provide more information.

It is recommended that you begin the application process early, since it can take some time to finish. 
Dropping a class can affect each student differently. It is important that every student contact the VA/Student Services Office any time there is a change to your schedule.
You may apply for financial aid while receiving GI Bill® benefits. To apply for grants and loans visit the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov and then follow up with the Financial Aid Office within 5 – 10 business days.
If at any time you think you are not receiving the proper amount of money or you find you are not receiving any money at all contact us immediately so that we may research the issue for you.
This is the case for some students on the GI Bill®. Call us to find out if this applies to you. If you know you need to do this, but forgot how: Call 1-877-823-2378 on the last day of each month.
Usually the VA pays every month for the previous month attended and usually students choose what type of payment (either check or automatic deposit) they want during the application process. Expect a payment by the middle of the month.
Yes. But make sure to research this before you do it because in some cases it may be better to use them separately.
You can apply for the GI Bill® as a non-degree seeking student as long as you change to degree seeking before your third semester. For questions on changing to degree-seeking, contact the Student Services office.
It is okay to apply early however we recommend that you wait to use your benefits until you separate from the military.
There is no minimum requirement for the number of classes you take; however, the amount of funding you receive does depend on how many classes you take.


NMSU Carlsbad VA Office

575-234-9226 or
575-234-9233 (fax)

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Location: NMSU Carlsbad Main Building, Room 107

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm and Friday, 8am-5pm