Financial Aid Contacts
Come see us during walk-in hours or schedule an appointment.
Mondays 8:30–11:00 a.m.
Fridays 8:30–11:00 a.m. and 1:30–4:00 p.m.
Our dedicated staff will give you expert advice about paying for your nursing education, and we'll walk you through everything. If you have any questions, please contact:
Kelsey Higgins, Financial Aid SupervisorTaty Williamson, Financial Aid Officer
Clayton Richards, Financial Aid Officer
Nursing school is a major investment of your time, energy, focus, and finances and requires some strategic planning and consideration. The University of New Mexico College of Nursing financial aid team wants you to have the most helpful information possible as you navigate through your financial options. Please take time reviewing this section to learn about your options for funding your nursing education.
Financial Aid, Term Calendars & Aid Disbursement
The bachelor's, master's, and post-master's certificate programs within the UNM College of Nursing follow different terms than the standard UNM semesters. This affects financial aid distributions during summer term(s). Summer awards consist of federal student loans and are offered on a customized loan cycle, according to the UNM College of Nursing policies and term calendar. State and institutional grants are not awarded in summer term(s).
If you have questions about award distribution dates and specific awarding policies, please contact the UNM College of Nursing Financial Aid Office.
RN to BSN Degree Completion
The RN to BSN Degree Completion option follows a 7-week rotation of classes. Financial aid awards are distributed during the second 7-week session of each term to ensure students meet enrollment requirements for receiving financial aid per federal regulations. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits per term (14-week period) to receive financial aid.
The DNP and PhD programs follow the standard UNM semester-based calendar. Financial aid will therefore be disbursed to a student's account on the first week of classes.
Student Financial Aid Programs
- Federal student loans
- New Mexico Higher Education Department Loan-For-Service Programs
Each year, the UNM College of Nursing awards over $270,000 in institutional scholarships. All admitted and current nursing students who complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for available scholarship funding. There is no formal application needed for these scholarships.
The College does have some specific scholarships that require additional applications. Notifications regarding specific applications will be emailed out to all eligible students as necessary.
Other scholarship opportunities include:
- Success in Nursing for Native Americans through Collaboration (SNNAC)
- RN to BSN Scholarship Opportunities
- Graduate Teaching Assistantships
- UNM Scholarship Office
- UNM New Mexico Scholars Award, Graduate Fellowships, Research and Travel Grant Information
- American Indian Education Fund
- American Indian Graduate Center
- Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Indian Health Service Scholarship Program
- HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship Program
- New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence - Nightingale Nursing Scholarship
- New Mexico Health Service Corps
- The Pat Tillman Foundation
- P.E.O. Philanthropic Educational Opportunity- Women Helping Women through Higher Education