The International Competitive Scholarship offers qualifying students a discount to pay in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition (which is about 3 times lower), plus awards a $100 stipend cash award each fall and spring. The award is based on applicant’s GPA (grade point average). *It is only awarded to current, degree-seeking students on F-1 visa, and is renewable for a maximum of:

  • 8 consecutive semesters maximum or graduation (whichever comes first) for undergraduate students;
  • 4 semesters for master's students;
  • 8 semesters for doctorate students; OR
  • For transfer students, eligibility depends on total number of semesters attended at all previous institutions for a maximum of 8 semesters for undergraduate and doctorate students or 4 semesters for master's students or graduation (whichever comes first)​

An award is given to a student currently enrolled at NMSU is determined by deducting the number of post secondary semesters completed from the maximum number of semesters as mentioned above.

The renewal is subject to GPA requirements. It requires an application, see the award criteria and application deadline.

The review of scholarship application begins on:

  • March 1st for the Fall Semester
  • September 1st for the Spring Semester

*Note: if you are a newly admitted student, please click here.

Apply for International Competitive Scholarship


Other Funding Sources

  • Graduate assistantships are working positions usually in one’s field of study in the form of a teaching or research position. If interested, applicants should contact their academic department directly to inquire.​
  • Office of Experiential Learning offers on-campus employment on a part-time basis. To find suitable positions, students use the on-line campus employment webpages to register and apply for jobs. International students can only apply for regular on-campus student employment and are not eligible for work-study positions. Employment is limited to 20 hours per week on campus during the fall and spring semesters.