Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
For academic year, 2012-13, tuition is $15,098 for residents and $33,907 for non-residents. Add room and board at $8,774, books/supplies at $1,160, transportation at $1,736 and miscellaneous at $3,184 and the annual cost of attendance is $29,952 for residents and $48,761 for non-residents.
For a detailed breakdown of tuition rates by semester and credit hours click on the following link to the UNM Bursar site. . Please note, that tuition charges are broken down into two components. One is the base rate for graduate students, $276.73 per hour for resident students, then a Law School Tuition Differential of $352.34 is added for resident students making the total $629.07 per credit hour. Tuition rates are set by the Regents in late Spring.
All law students are charged a fee each semester to cover curricular costs including but not limited to Westlaw, Lexis, and CALI passwords; Extegrity Exam4 licenses; student copying and printing quotas; classroom, courtroom, clinic, computer lab, student organization offices and journal suite IT equipment including computers, monitors and software licenses; and emails and media servers, media center equipment and staff support. This fee is $500.00 for the regular 2012-2013 academic year. The fee is payable in two installments—one half is billed in Fall semester; the remainder is billed in Spring semester. In addition, a $175.00 fee will be billed for anyone enrolled in Summer Semester. The UNM Bursar's Office bills students each semester for the curricular fee, and payments should be made directly to that office
Carol Cravens is your financial aid officer. Her office is located in the administrative wing of the law school, room 2414, right next to admissions. Requests for information sent by UNM's Financial Aid Office, and all inquires about federal aid programs should be returned to Carol Cravens.
Applying for Financial Aid
To be considered for any type of federal financial aid, students need to complete online a 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to complete the FAFSA, students need to have filed a 2012 federal tax return. The documents in that tax return are used to answer many questions on the FAFSA form.
The UNM School of Law recommends that students complete their FAFSA no later than March 1. If they have not filled out a FAFSA by March 1 and want to be considered for financial aid, they can still submit an FAFSA, but should do so as soon as possible. It can take several weeks for the application to be processed. Also, most institutional and private aid require a FAFSA to be filed as a prerequisite for any financial aid and scholarships.
Once students have filed an FAFSA, UNM may request additional information. Click here to download forms. When completed, send them to Carol Cravens
UNM School of Law Financial Assistance
To be considered for need-based funding you need to have completed a FAFSA as well as a Need Access application on-line at Access Group. There is a $28.00 dollar processing fee for new applicants and a $15.00 dollar fee for renewals. The priority deadline is May 1st.
Application to UNM School of Law will be evaluated automatically for general merit scholarships, thus, no additional application is necessary. Review for merit awards will occur after an applicant is admitted, therefore, an admission notification does not include merit award notification. Also, all students who receive merit-based awards will need to have a completed FAFSA on file prior to the start of classes in the fall.
Scholarships that Require Separate Application
UNM School of Law offers several endowed scholarships that are separate from the general merit awards described above. These scholarships do require a separate application. Deadline for these scholarships is May 1. Please see this list of scholarships on the Financial Aid Webpage under the section titled, "Scholarships that Require Separate Application."
Financial Aid Disbursement
The disbursement will be the amount of a student’s financial aid minus tuition, fees and any other balances on the student’s UNM account.
If a student is receiving any financial aid awards, the following should be completed in order to be eligible for disbursement of funds:
- An authorization for allowable charges form, which can be found at UNM Financial Aid’s website. Sign a master promissory note by going to the Direct Lending website;
- If a student has not taken out federal student loans previously (either at UNM or another institution), they should complete a pre-loan counseling session. On this website, click on Complete Online Student Loan Entrance Counseling and follow the instructions to complete the session. Be sure to print the confirmation page or write down the confirmation number;
- Register for fall courses
Financial aid normally begins to be refunded, or disbursed, starting the first week of classes each semester. However, depending on the type of aid you are receiving (federal, institutional, private) be aware that your aid might take additional time to process and be disbursed.
If you want your disbursement to be sent directly to your checking or savings account, you must set up your student bursar account for direct deposit. You can set up direct deposit refunds through My UNM (see "Get NET ID" in the "Fall Semester To-Do Checklist" for more information on My UNM). If you do not set-up your student account to direct deposit, your disbursement will be mailed to you.
To set up direct deposit:
- Log onto my.unm.edu
- Click on Student Life Tab
- Click on LoboWeb
- Click on Make Payments, View Bill, Setup eRefunds, Installment Plans, etc.
- Click on UNM Account Suite button
- Click on Refunds
- Click on Payment Profile link
- Add a Payment Method of Bank Account (checking/savings) then click Go
- Fill out the form and be sure to click the radio button under the Refund Option section
- Click on save
- Read the agreement
- Authorize by keying in last four digits of BANNER ID
External scholarships (awards not made by the school or university) are NOT automatically disbursed. Students receiving external scholarships must visit the main campus Bursar’s office to endorse the check/s. Please call 505-277-4748 to find out if the scholarship check(s) have been received by UNM before going to the Bursar’s office. You must ask specifically if your “external scholarship check” has been received.
The New Mexico Higher Education Department, as authorized by the Constitution of the State of New Mexico and state statutes (chapter 235, IE, NMSA 1971 and Section 21-1-4E NMSA 1978), defines rules and regulations for establishing residency for tuition purposes.
An individual must establish legal residency in New Mexico before he or she is entitled to pay in-state tuition rates. The requirements to establish residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency such as voting and holding public office.
Residency for tuition purposes is determined by information you provide on your application for admission or for readmission to UNM. A continuing student classified as a non-resident who has satisfied the residency requirements may submit a Petition for In-State Residency Tuition Classification with the Office of the Registrar beginning in July for the following fall semester. The deadline to file a residency petition is the second Friday of each fall and spring semester.
For details on requirements, criteria, documents and procedures, please visit http://lawschool.unm.edu/admissions/residency-costs.php.