Financial Aid Resources




Grants are free money that does not need to be repaid. Students must complete the FAFSA application and be admitted to DACC to be considered for federal, state, and university grants.

Federal Grants

Provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to post-secondary education. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution (EFC), the cost of attendance (COA), the student’s enrollment status (full-time, part-time), and whether a student attends for a full academic year or less.


Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federal grant awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial needs. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.

State Grants

The State of New Mexico offers a number of grants and scholarships to students who graduate from New Mexico High schools.

College Affordability Grant

Must be a New Mexico resident, complete the FAFSA, and demonstrate unmet financial need. The student must be a degree-seeking undergraduate and enrolled at least half-time. May not be receiving other state grants and have graduated with a high school diploma or GED and must be meeting satisfactory academic progress.

Student Incentive Grant Program

The New Mexico Student Incentive Grant is for resident undergraduate students with substantial financial need who are attending a New Mexico public college or university or tribal college.

Employer Information

You will be required to create an employer account in AggieCAREER Manager in order to post a work-study position.  Please follow these instructions:


  1. Visit the Employer sign-up page:
  2. Follow along with the prompts (please use your address)
  3. Choose “Employer”
  4. Fill out profile (please use your email address)
  5. Agree to Employer Guidelines and Confirm Email
  6. After the email is confirmed:
    1. Continue setting up a profile.
    2. When you get to the Find Company to Join section, you should pick our company (NMSU – Doña Ana Community College) from the list and select Request.
    3. Shortly thereafter the Point of Contact will receive a notification that persons in their administrative unit have applied to join the unit.
  7. After approval by the Point of Contact, you will be able to post work-study positions.


If a person posting on-campus student employment is also taking classes and is listed as a student, then the Single-Sign-on feature will not work for persons seeking two roles (student and staff member).  Instead, create an employer account using your NMSU email – How to Create an Employer-Account Linked to Your Student Account – can be located within the  *Handshake Student Guide*.


Note: When interviewing for a Work-study position, please make sure that the student has been awarded Work-study funds; otherwise the student cannot be hired under a Work-study position.

Work-study Information for Students

Work-study awards are a form of financial aid which provides jobs for students who need help to pay their educational expenses. You must complete a FAFSA application by the priority deadline of March 1st. When completing the FAFSA, make sure to answer “yes” to question #31 (are you interested in Work-Study?).

You must complete your financial aid file to be considered for work-study. This means you must submit any additional documentation being requested.

How to Apply for a Work-Study job

  1. Log in to Handshake by logging in to your MyNMSU page:   Click the AggieCAREER Manager (Powered by Handshake) link in the LAUNCHPAD.
  2. Upload a document. You’ll likely want to have a public resume available in Handshake for employers (and your school’s career services staff) to see.
  3. Fill out your profile.  Some of your information will already be in your Handshake profile (provided by the University Student Records). Check to be sure all pre-loaded information is correct and determine if you want to make your GPA public. If you find an error in your profile data, contact your school’s Career Services office. You will likely need to make official updates (such as an address, etc.) with University Student Records (Registrar).  You’ll also need to decide whether to make your profile public or private.
  4. Start by clicking on Jobs in the top navigation bar. You will be taken to the Job Postings page.

For technical assistance, please contact Career Services at 

Note: When applying for a Work-study position, please make sure that you have been awarded Work-study funds; otherwise you will not be considered for the position.

How will you get paid?

Students with work-study jobs are placed on the university payroll and will be paid every two weeks through direct deposit to their bank account. Work-study fund wages are never applied directly to a student’s bill. You will receive a paycheck for working a job and can use these funds to help offset your costs.

Work-Study Waiting List

The Spring 2022 Work-Study Waiting List will close on Friday, January 14. Be sure to review our Work-Study page for important information on eligibility and applying for employment.

This waiting list is for students who will be attending the term listed and are interested in being considered for a work-study award. Please keep in mind that placing your name on the waiting list is not a guarantee you will receive a work-study award. Work-study awards are based on student-budget needs, funding availability, and potential employment.

To be considered for work-study, students must complete their FAFSA (with satisfying requirements), be meeting SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress), and be enrolled in 6 credits hours or more for the semester. If approved for work-study, please be aware that this could decrease the amount you have been offered in loans.

Alternative Funding Sources


The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds eligible, in-demand programs that are designed for adults over the age of 18. Depending on eligibility, individuals can receive tuition assistance to help pay for their education. Assistance can cover tuition fees, books, and supplies. If you would like to see if you qualify for the WIOA Tuition Assistance Program, please contact the Workforce Connection Center at (575) 524-6250 or visit their office at 226 S. Alameda in Las Cruces, NM.


The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) has helped people with disabilities find or retain work for decades. Funding is available for postsecondary education upon meeting eligibility. If you are determined eligible for services, you and your counselor will take on the responsibility to develop and follow an Individualized Plan for Employment (the plan of services and activities that can reasonably be expected to lead to an employment outcome). Apply for services at the office nearest you or visit for more information. Las Cruces locations include: 3381 Del Rey Blvd / (575) 524-6135 and 226 S. Alameda Blvd / (575) 383-6705. Any person with a disability that lives in New Mexico may apply for NMDVR services.


New Mexico’s Skill Up Network (SUN) program is a consortium of New Mexico public colleges working in connection with the NM Dept. of Workforce Solutions. The goal is to increase the attainment of degrees, certifications, and industry-recognized credentials; and create strategic alignment between education and workforce systems, resulting in improved employment outcomes. For more information or to see if you qualify for this assistance, please contact Diana Betts at (575) 524-6250 ext. 1009 

(Note: This program is strictly for participants who receive TANF assistance. For more information on TANF, contact NM Works at (575) 532-0233)

General Information for All Applicants

NOTICE: IPEC (IN-PERSON LOAN ENTRANCE COUNSELING) SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CANCELED PER COVID-19 PREVENTION GUIDELINES. Contact DACC Financial Aid for more information ( / (575) 528-7000. Thank you. – DACC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. 

 To complete your loan process, you must visit the Federal Student Aid website to complete online loan entrance counseling. 

Federal Direct Student Loans are a form of Financial Aid that must be repaid along with the interest that accrues. The U.S. Department of Education assigns students a loan servicer and the funds are disbursed through the institution.  Students are allocated a six-month grace period before they are required to begin making payments on their student loans. Grace periods will begin when a student drops below half-time enrollment or when a student officially/unofficially departs school.


  • Be enrolled at least half-time
  • Be enrolled in a program that leads to a certificate or degree
  • Complete a  Master Promissory Note
  • Complete Entrance Counseling
  • Be in “Good Satisfactory Academic Progress”

Subsidized Loans:

Subsidized Loans are available to students with financial needs as determined through the FAFSA application. The U.S. Department of Education will pay the interest on a Subsidized Loan while a student is enrolled at least half-time, during their grace period, or during a deferment period. Students cannot receive Subsidized Loans in excess of their financial needs. Generally, Subsidized Loans are automatically offered to eligible students.


Unsubsidized Loans:

For Unsubsidized Loans, students are not required to demonstrate financial need. The amounts a student can borrow are determined based on the student’s cost of attendance and other financial aid received/awarded. Students are solely responsible for the repayment of the interest that accrues. Unsubsidized Loans are not automatically offered to students and must be requested via the Direct Loan Acceptance Form.

* Single term loans will disburse in two payments, per Federal regulations.

First Time

Students must complete Entrance Counseling every new aid year that they borrow Federal Direct Student Loans.   To determine if you need to complete an In-Person Entrance Counseling Session or if you are eligible to complete the online alternative please see below.

In-Person Entrance Counseling

Entrance Counseling is a Federal requirement for FIRST-TIME borrowers.  All FIRST-TIME loan borrowers at Doña Ana Community College will need to complete an  In-Person Entrance Counseling (IPEC) session offered by the DACC Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. This includes new transfer students and returning students who have borrowed loans in the past (but never attended an IPEC session). this one-hour session will teach students their rights and responsibilities of borrowing a federal student loan. IPEC takes place at various times and locations including East Mesa Center Auditorium, Gadsden Center, and Sunland Park Center. For FIRST-TIME loan borrowing FRESHMAN (0-27 credit hours), there will be a 30-day hold on Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loans.

* Single term loans will disburse in two payments, per Federal regulations.

Register for IPEC

For In-Person Entrance Counseling sessions please note the following:

  • Arrive early as doors are locked promptly at session start time
  • Must present a picture ID
  • Bring a pen/pencil
  • IPEC is only for students
  • Please make childcare arrangements in advance

*Note: If you arrive late or miss the session please register for another session

Have you already attended an In-Person Entrance Counseling Session at a DACC Campus?

If you have already attended an IPEC in a prior semester then you are eligible to complete online entrance counseling:

  • Login into with FSA username and password
  • Select “Complete Loan Counseling” then Start “Entrance Counseling”
  • When completed will send a confirmation email stating Entrance Counseling was completed
  • Forward the Confirmation Email and Student ID number to your Financial Aid Advisor (determined by the last two digits of the student ID number)

Parent Loan

Federal Direct Parent Plus Loans are available for parents of dependent students. A credit check will be performed when applying. If a parent is denied the student may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loans (based on parent denial). For additional information on  Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans click here.


  • Be enrolled at least half-time
  • Be in “Good Satisfactory Academic Progress”
  • Apply at
  • Direct PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note


Contact your Federal Student Loan Servicer regarding the information on:

  • Loan Repayment
  • Deferment
  • Forbearance
        • 1-855-337-6884 
FedLoan Servicing (PHEAA)
        • 1-800-699-2908 
Granite State – GSMR
        • 1-888-556-0022
 Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc
        • 1-800-236-4300 
Navient (formerly Sallie Mae)
        • 1-800-722-1300 
        • 1-888-486-4722 
        • 1-888-866-4352 
OSLA Student Loan Servicing
        • 1-866-264-9762
 VSAC Federal Loans
        • 1-888-932-5626


Scholarships Fund Your Future

The Doña Ana Community College Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services offers a wide array of scholarships to assist a diverse student population pursuing higher education. As an open-door institution, our office is committed to providing equal educational opportunities to students regardless of personal, economic, or social conditions. As most of the scholarships require you to demonstrate financial need you are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All Doña Ana Community College Scholarships will be awarded based on the completion of the Scholar Dollar$ Application.

The 2022-2023 Scholar Dollar$ is currently open! and remain open year-round. The priority deadline for the Scholar Dollar$ is  March 1st; those who submit their application before March 1st will be given priority scholarship consideration.

Many of our scholarships require students to:

  • Be NM residents
  • Have graduated from an NM high school or received an NM GED
  • Be admitted to DACC in a degree-seeking program
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress or varying GPA requirements
  • Eligibility and renewal criteria vary



The State of New Mexico encourages residents to continue their education in New Mexico post-secondary institutions by providing state-funded scholarship opportunities.

First Time

The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship is automatically awarded to qualified students beginning the second semester of the student’s first year at a post-secondary institution. No application is required; however, the Doña Ana Community College Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships strongly recommends that students complete the FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The scholarship amount for all students is the same. The amount of the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship is set annually by June 1st by the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) and will only be applied to tuition. Students are responsible for any additional unpaid tuition and fees unless other scholarships or grants cover these.

Qualifying for the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship:

  • Be a New Mexico resident.
  • Students must have completed high school at a public or accredited private New Mexico high school, graduated from a public or accredited private New Mexico high school, or received a high school equivalency credential while maintaining residency in New Mexico.
  • Students must enroll at a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation or receipt of a high equivalency credential.
  • Students must enroll in and earn 15 credit hours per semester at a four-year New Mexico public university.
  • Students must enroll in and earn 12 credit hours per semester at a two-year New Mexico public community college.
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average (GPA) each semester of enrollment.
  • Students with disabilities may qualify for reduced credit hour requirements and additional semesters of the scholarship.

Maintaining Eligibility:

  • Complete 12 new graded credit hours (15 at a 4-year institution) each semester.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater after the first qualifying semester.

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship LEGACY STUDENTS

  • If a student has received at least three (3) semesters of the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship by Spring 2014, the student is considered a LEGACY student.
  • LEGACY students are required to complete successfully 12 “new” credit hours each semester and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • LEGACY students are eligible to receive the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship for eight semesters

*This scholarship is valid for seven semesters (three semesters at a 2-year institution and transferable to a 4-year university), or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever comes first. The rules and regulations for the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship for all students, LEGACY or otherwise, are determined by and subject to change by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Legislature.

Parent Loan

Provided below is information regarding External Scholarship Opportunities. Reminder: deadlines, requirements, and award amounts will vary

Scholarship Name Award Deadline
Bonsai Finance Entrepreneur Scholarship $2,500 March 31, 2020
Chairish Scholarship Program $2,500 January 1st & June 30th annually
Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico See Website See Website
Danish Sisterhood of America Varies March 1 -Annually
Daughters of the American Revolution Varies Varies
Game Authority Scholarship $1000 April 15, 2020
Gates Millennium Scholars Varies Annually
Healthcare Administration Scholarships varies Varies
HSF General College Scholarship $500-$5,000 Varies
Live Your Dream Award $500-$1500 See Website
McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship See Website See Website
Money Key $2,500 March 31, June 30, Sept 30, 2020
Oppu Achievers Scholarship $2,500 Varies
PFLAG Susan C. Brown Scholarship  $500 October 30th, 2020
PTK Scholarships Varies Varies
Rising Stars: Interior Design & Architecture $2,500 January 1; June 30
Taco Bell Foundation (Live Mas Scholarship) See Website Annually
The ABC Fundraising Volunteer Recognition College Scholarship $2, 500 June 30, 2020
The FamilyAssets 2019 Scholarship $3,000 August 1, 2020 (Annually)
The Find Answering Service Connectivity Scholarship $1,000 November 7, 2020
Traumatic Brain Injury Scholarship $1000 August 1, 2020
WebstaurantStore Scholarship $1,500 June 15 – Annually
Wikijob Student Scholarship $1,000 August 31, 2020
Wiley CP Aexcel Accounting Student $500 & Wiley CP Aexcel Platinum Course April 30, 2020
Youth Forward -Scholarship $3,000 March 31, August 1, and November 30, 2020


Scholarship Essays

Need help writing a scholarship essay? Many scholarship applications may require an essay submission. Prior to submitting an application be sure to check the scholarship requirements.

External Scholarships:

  • American Trucks
    • AmericanTrucks:  4 x $2000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in the traditional building trades such as HVAC, carpentry, electrical, or related fields of study. Two scholarships will be awarded every spring semester, followed by two additional scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester each year
  • American Muscle
    • AmericanMuscle:  4 x $2000 scholarships for students pursuing an automotive-themed major(mechanical engineering, robotics, etc.) Two scholarships will be awarded every spring semester, followed by two additional scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester each year
  • Extreme Terrain
    • ExtremeTerrain:  2 x $3000 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems. One scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester and another for the spring semester each year.

Beware of Scholarship Scams

Click here for more information on scams and how to avoid them.

Scam Warning Signs:

  • You have to pay a fee
  • Money-back offers or guarantees
  • Provides “exclusive” information

Reporting Scams:

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