How to Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for Federal financial aid is FREE. You do not need to pay for this service. The Financial Aid Office at UNM-Taos is equipped to handle all of your financial aid application needs, even if you are not planning to attend UNM-Taos.

Financial Aid awards are need-based. Your need is determined by the income information on you Federal Income Tax return from the prior calendar year. If you plan to enroll in the Fall of 2004, use the information from your 2003 Federal Income Tax Return.


  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA). You must complete a FAFSA form every year that you are enrolled in order to receive financial aid. The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA form is March 1st. If you apply by the priority deadline, you may be eligible for additional financial aid benefits.
    Click here to go to the FAFSA website to complete the form electronically.
    You may also obtain the application form at the UNM-Taos Financial Aid Office,  1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM
  2. Your application will take between 3 and 4 weeks to process. When your application process is complete you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) or a SAR Acknowledgement in the mail or via e-mail if you provided your e-mail address on the application form. 
  3. Make sure that your UNM admissions application has been submitted and that all necessary high school and/or college transcripts are on their way or have been received by the Registrar.
    Call The UNM-Taos Registrar at (505) 737-6212 to check on your transcripts. 
  4. When you receive the Student Aid Report (SAR), call (505) 737-6200 to make an appointment with a UNM-Taos Financial Aid advisor. Below is a list of documents to bring with you to this appointment.
    •  Student Aid Report (SAR)
    •  A copy of your most recent Federal tax form. If you are a dependent student, bring a copy of your parents' tax form; if married and filing separately, bring your spouse's tax form along with yours.
  5. Register for classes during the normal registration period even if you have not received your SAR or other confirmation of Financial Aid awards.


Financial Aid is intended to help students pay for their college education.

Financial Aid CAN NOT be awarded and monies CAN NOT be disbursed until all steps have been properly completed.

Students are responsible for paying all charges relating to their classes including tuition, books, course fees, and course supplies from their Financial Aid award monies.