Financial Aid Outreach

Financial Aid Outreach team members provide information and support for Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Meet the Team

Financial Aid Outreach team members offer assistance with FAFSA applications, myScholarship applications, and applications for more than 100 scholarships offered by CNM. These services can be assisted in English or Spanish.

If you have questions or are interested in a one-on-one appointment, please don't hesitate to email us at

Updated 4/17/24

Cruz Ortega 

Cruz Ortega was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has over 10 years of experience in Financial Aid and is ready to assist in both English and Spanish. 

Cruz’s principles align with CNM's Core Value of Caring. He wants you to know that he is here to assist and guide you through the application process. His goal is for students to walk away knowing he cares about their situation and needs. Let Cruz help you with your student journey today. 

Get in touch with Cruz at or schedule a time to meet.

Schedule an Appointment with Cruz

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Gerald Romero

Gerald Romero, Jr. is a first-generation college student who was born in Las Vegas, NM and raised in Albuquerque. He was a non-traditional student who entered college many years after finishing high school. Gerald worked at Financial Aid as a work-study student while he attended CNM, where he earned four associate degrees. Gerald earned his BA at UNM, followed by his MA in Educational Administration at NMSU.

Gerald stands as a testament to the belief that education has no expiration date. He is deeply aware of the obstacles faced by students who are either entering or returning to the academic world. Driven by a commitment to ensuring student success, Gerald aims to enhance the educational experience for all, ensuring they have the resources and guidance needed to succeed. His leadership is marked by a dedication to excellence and a commitment to creating an empowering and supportive educational landscape.

Gerald speaks both English and Spanish. You can reach him at or schedule a time to meet.

Schedule an Appointment with Gerald

Request CNM to Attend your Event

If you would like a Financial Aid Outreach team member to attend your even, please fill out the Request CNM to Attend Your Event form