The Free Application for Federal Student Aid "is the gateway to federal and state grant, loan and work study programs, as well as some scholarships," said Brian Malone, director, student financial aid. Students are eligible for more types of aid when they turn in the FAFSA by the March 1 priority deadline.

Students can get help with the financial aid application process in person, online or by phone. Call (505) 277-8900 or visit the Student Financial Aid Office to chat live with a representative over the phone or the Web. To talk to a financial aid representative in person, visit the University Advisement and Enrichment Center on main campus or the Student Support & Services Center on south campus.

Additionally, American Indian Student Services offers FAFSA Fridays Financial Aid Workshops every Friday through Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., to help students navigate the complex form.