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Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 8pm
Wednesday: 8am - 8pm
Thursday: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am -5pm

 

1119 Mesa Vista Hall
MSC06 3800
1-University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-6343
Fax: (505) 277-0033
E-mail: aiss@unm.edu

Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible prior to UNM Priority Filing Deadline of March 1st. Please review the following guides to gain optimal consideration for financial aid each year. Please contact AISS at 505-277-6343, if you have any questions.

FAFSA 101

  1. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  2. Complete your application online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
  3. By completing your FAFSA you gain the opportunity of receiving FREE money from the Federal Government and the State (if you qualify)
  4. Financial Aid consists of FREE grants, student loans, and Workstudy
  5. If you are NOT interested in student loans, please get in touch with the Student Financial Aid Office via http://finaid.unm.edu. Loans may occupy space that otherwise may be filled by a scholarship; also you may apply for student loans at anytime throughout the school year; but we recommend you use them as a last option
  6. ***ALL Tribal scholarships request that you have a completed FAFSA (UNM will not submit FNA’s to your Tribe until you have a completed FAFSA and a completed financial aid file)
  7. **UNM’s Priority Filing Deadline is March 1st for the upcoming school year.

Where to Start

  1. Begin by applying for a PIN for yourself and having one of your parents apply for a PIN as well (this is your electronic signature):  apply online at www.pin.ed.gov
  2. Ensure you have all your documents to complete your FAFSA:
    • Yours and your parents' Social Security numbers
    • Your Driver's License (if you have one)
    • Federal tax returns and W-2s for you and your parent(s)
    • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits for you and your parents
    • Information on your cash, savings and checking account balances; investments including stocks and bonds and real estate but not including the home in which you live; and business and farm assets for you and your parents
  3. Complete your application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  4. ***If you need assistance, please join us for FAFSA-FOR-U at American Indian Student Services, 1119 Mesa Vista Hall, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each Friday from February 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016.  Please check our website for updates as we get closer to the first FAFSA-FOR-U.
  5. Step by Step FAFSA handout

 

Follow Up

  1. Check the status of your application online through LoboWebhttp://my.unm.edu
    • You may print your Award Letter and also view your account information online
  2. If you have missing documents, submit them to Financial Aid at OneStop, 1st floor NW corner of Mesa Vista Hall (remember it is important to have a complete file).

 

Apply for Scholarships

  1. Review the various scholarship listings on our website:  http://aiss.unm.edu/scholarships.html
  2. Automated FNA process:  http://finaid.unm.edu, Click on “Forms”, Select “Forms for 2012-2013”, Click on “Financial Needs Analysis Request-ONLINE”.
    • You must have a complete FAFSA
    • You must have a complete Financial Aid file
    • You must be in good academic standing
  3. www.fastweb.com
  4. www.collegeboard.com
  5. www.finaid.org
  6. Tips to keep in mind:  Scholarship Handout

 

Maintain your Grades

  1. Maintain good grades to remain competitive for the various scholarships you apply for.  UNM’s policy may be found in the UNM Catalog (http://catalog.unm.edu).  As it pertains to Financial Aid, refer to http://finaid.unm.edu and click on the link for “Satisfactory Academic Progress”.  For answers to immediate questions, please see your academic advisor.