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Cost of Attendance

Period Budgeting Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) or Student Budget is your educational expenses for a given period of enrollment, e.g., fall, spring, and summer. Different standard costs are derived by assigning values to similar components, e.g., tuition, books, fees, residency, enrollment, transportation, among others, to create a student budget. The budget is based on personalized calculations for each student's situation. It is general in nature.

These values, in accordance with federal regulations, are designed to cover the basic cost of your education. Student's attending less than the full number of weeks per term e.g., 15 weeks for fall and spring, 12 weeks for summer will have their cost of attendance adjusted to reflect actual enrollment.

Tuition and Fees will be based on the actual tuition, registration fee, and technological fees in which you are enrolled. If you are currently not enrolled your tuition and fees will default to using the Federal Methodology budget until you have registered for classes.

Awards vary based on financial need, which is the difference between the cost of attendance at CNM less your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and other resources. Learn more about the average cost of attendance.

Please keep in mind that your budget will change to reflect any updates you may make to your student enrollment record and/or FAFSA.

Federal Methodology Budgets

The following budget is based on calculations for several different student situations. It is general in nature.

Tuition Costs

Tuition rates are based on the student's residency status, where the student lives and how many credit hours are taken. Students eligible for New Mexico resident status qualify for in-district tuition if they live within the CNM District. Resident students living in New Mexico, but outside the CNM District, qualify for out-of-district tuition. Here's more information on residency. CNM also offers a senior citizen discount.

Paying for Classes — the CNM Cashier's Office receives payments and offers payment plans split up into installments.

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