The New Mexico Higher Education Department has extended its guidance for state financial aid eligibility during the public health emergency through the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.  Please contact your institution’s financial aid office or email for details.


The New Mexico Higher Education Department will make accommodations for students whose eligibility for state financial aid such as the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship, Loan-For-Service and other state aid are impacted by COVID-19.  Please contact your higher education institution financial aid office for details or contact NMHED at (800) 279-9777 or


Click Here for the US Department of Education COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Financial Aid Division

The New Mexico Higher Education Department, Financial Aid Division is dedicated to helping students in pursuing their educational goals by educating students, parents and the community about state aid opportunities. The Financial Aid Division provides over $100 million dollars each year in financial aid to students in New Mexico.  A variety of programs are offered to meet the needs of our state’s diverse population.

Financial Aid Division Goals

  • Inform students that college is attainable and affordable;
  • Provide students and their families with the consumer information needed to make informed decisions about financing an education;
  • Make information about our financial aid programs accessible to all who qualify;
  • Provide funding to pay for educational expenses for as many New Mexican students as possible;
  • Strive to keep the process of applying for state financial aid easy.


Financial Aid Division Program Matrix 



  • Harrison Rommel Ph.D., Financial Aid Director

  • Heather Romero, Financial Aid Manager

  • Mia Candelaria, Financial Aid Program Manager

  • Tea Ramoz, Financial Aid Coordinator


Toll Free: 1-800-279-9777


COVID-19 PowerPoint 
NMHED Financial Aid Programs Update Webinar 7/10/19
PowerPoint Presentation

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