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Understanding your charges

As a student you may be charged tuition, mandatory fees, class fees, differential tuition, and other charges including administrative fees. This page lists charges you may see on your bill with corresponding descriptions. For more information about how to read and pay your bill, see Understanding Your Bill.

Tuition and Differential Tuition

Tuition rates vary as a function of level (graduate, undergraduate), course load, college/department, program, and residency status (in-state, out-of-state).

Differential Tuition
Tuition differentials are additional tuition costs charged by some Colleges and/or Programs.  In most cases, the differential tuition is assessed based on residency, but some differential tuition is assessed per hour for all hours registered.  Differential tuitions are requested by the College or Program to the Provost and are then approved by the Board of Regents.  Questions pertaining to a specific differential, such as how the funds are used, should be addressed directly with the specific College or Program.  Please see Tuition Rates for the specific semester for rates and information.

Mandatory Student Fees

Mandatory Student Fees, defined by UNM Policy 1310, are assessed to all students registered on main campus, including the Health Sciences Center, and are assessed with tuition on a per-credit-hour basis. Through the Student Fee Review Board (SFRB), ASUNM and GPSA hold deliberation on the fee amount to assess. The Board of Regents approves the final amount. Mandatory student fees are composed of the following:   

  • STUDENT ACTIVITY FEES (assessed to all students)
    • For a list of organizations funded by Student Activity Fees, visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page and click on the Mandatory Student Fees link for the current academic year.
  • DEBT SERVICE (assessed to all students)
    • Debt Service – ERP Project Fee: These fees are applied against the debt service commitment associated with implementation of the Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The ERP project replaced outdated legacy systems (Student; Financial Aid; HR/Payroll; Finance; and Alumni Development) with a new integrated web-based system that can be modified and updated to meet the needs of the University of New Mexico.
    • Debt Service – Facility Fee: These fees are applied against debt service commitment associated with the construction of facilities for academic, research and student life projects. The construction projects provide new and/or improve facilities that directly aid in the University’s academic and research mission while also supporting student life.  Examples include the Student Union Building; Centennial Engineering Center; Architecture and Planning Building; Mitchell Hall; Dane Smith Hall; Science and Math Learning Center; College of Education Building; and the Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB).
    • ASUNM (assessed to undergraduate students)
    • ASUNM – Accounting Office (assessed to undergraduate students)
    • GPSA (assessed to graduate students)

For more information on the allocation of mandatory student fees, visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page and click on the Mandatory Student Fees link for the current academic year.

Course Fees, Class Fees, and Curricular Fees

Course Fees, defined in UNM Policy 8210, are fees that are charged upon registration to students enrolling for specific courses.  They are not included in the “fees” portion of “tuition and fees,” which are paid by all students.  Course fees are intended to help defray costs of additional or unusual materials or services specifically associated with certain courses, and are not intended to replace general operating costs, which are paid from tuition.  Course fees are approved by the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Chancellor for Health Sciences.  There are two types of course fees:  class fees and curricular fees.

Class Fees are charged to support the instructional needs of a specific course.  The fee is used to pay for required, uniquely identifiable materials or services provided to students that exceed the costs of supplies normally provided.  Class fees are approved by the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Chancellor for Health Sciences.

Class fees may be approved and implemented if they cover any of the following expenses:

  • Cost of activities related to a course (e.g., field trip, tickets to off-campus lecture or event);
  • Private instruction and models (e.g., guest speakers, models, tutors);
  • An object or product of value retained by the student (e.g., artwork, safety gear); or
  • Class costs (e.g., specialized equipment or materials, risk management, laboratory supplies, products).

Curricular Fees, defined in UNM Policy 8210, are charged to support curricular needs in the department, college, or school.  This fee funds short-term and long-term needs for the purpose of instructing students, including technology, broadly shared materials and equipment, and other expenses relevant to multiple courses in a program.  A curricular fee can be assessed as a per-credit-hour fee or predetermined flat fee. They are a type of course fee, and are therefore approved by the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Chancellor for Health Sciences.     

Curricular fees may be approved and implemented if they meet any of the following conditions: 

  • Expendable curricular costs (e.g., computer hardware and software, networking components, cameras, projectors and recorders, maintenance fees, sound equipment, musical instruments, laboratory equipment);
  • Personnel costs associated with curriculum support (e.g., technical staff support and training course development);
  • Gross anatomy program support;
  • Student progress assessments, clinical or practical skills assessments, and standardized patient costs;
  • Supplemental instruction programs; Support of program research requirements and student travel to present research;
  • Medical education computer support including provision of tutorial and standardized patient computer interfaces (HSC only);
  • Development, installation, and maintenance of technology capabilities in lecture halls and classrooms.