Getting Started



Before Starting the FAFSA - create an FSA ID

An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems, and can serve as your legal signature. 

*only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use*

Need help creating an FSA ID?

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

You’ve probably heard of the FAFSA, but do you know what it is and just how important it can be for you and your family? Filling out the FAFSA is one of the first steps in the financial aid process, and determines the amount that you or your family will be contributing to your post-secondary education. The results of the FAFSA determine a student's grants, work-study, and loan eligibility. We recommend that everyone fills out the FAFSA.

Click here to start your FAFSA now.

*FAFSA SCHOOL CODE (Doña Ana Community College): E00876

FAFSA Workshops

The DACC Financial Aid Office hosts free workshops to help students and families complete FAFSA applications. The best time to complete your FAFSA application is between October 1st and March 1st. If you would like help completing the application, or you just have questions, join us for one of our workshops. Bring your information (see below) and we will help you complete and submit your FAFSA application.

East Mesa Campus 

2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011

Academic Resources Bldg. (DAAR) – Library Classroom 203G

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022 | 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Espina Campus 

3400 S. Espina St, Las Cruces, NM 88003

Academic Readiness Center (ARC), DAMA Room 116E

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm 


Gadsden Center 

1700 O'Hara Rd, Anthony, NM 88021

DAGA Room 136, located in Roadrunner Hall



What to bring: 

  • Please set up your FSA ID for a quicker process BEFORE attending a workshop.
  • Student and/or parent (if applicable) 2020 Federal Tax Returns/Transcripts as well as all W-2 forms
  • 2020 Untaxed Income tax records
  • Social Security card – It is important that you enter your Social Security Number correctly!
  • If married, your spouse’s 2020 Federal Tax Return
  • Foreign Tax Return, or Tax Return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or Palau
  • Your alien registration or permanent resident card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

*Please arrive on time – students who arrive at closing time will need to attend a future session*

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (575) 528-7000.  Students with disabilities may contact our office for individual assistance.