Why This Matters

  • NEW MEXICO HAS 24 INSTITUTIONS WITH ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

    College Navigator reports that New Mexico has 24 community colleges that grant students an associate degree.

  • $1,945 AVERAGE TUITION AND FEES FOR IN-DISTRICT STUDENTS

    In New Mexico, College Board estimates that in-district students paid $1,945 in tuition and fees at public community colleges for the 2020-21 school year.

  • 76.9% OF STUDENTS AT U.S. COMMUNITY COLLEGES RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID

    For the 2018-19 academic year, financial aid of some type went to 437,899 enrolled students at community colleges in the United States.

Our Research

We reviewed all types of two-year programs, including both public and private institutions. Data collected for this analysis included tuition rates, the number of credits required to graduate, and the format for providing the instruction (online, in-person, etc.).

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is the accrediting body for most of the New Mexico community colleges on our list. It provides quality assurance through equitable, trusted accreditation.

  • 38hours to write this article
  • 30universities and colleges we assessed
  • 105education programs we compared

The Top 50 Community Colleges in New Mexico

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in New Mexico

In New Mexico, the 2020 median wage data shows that the top-paying jobs for people with an associate degree were dental hygienists, radiation therapists, industrial engineering technologists and technicians, and electrical and electronics drafters.

Some career paths offer more job openings than others. New Mexico careers with an associate degree requirement that have the most openings include preschool teachers (except special education), engineering technicians, paralegals and legal assistants, computer network support specialists, and electrical and electronics engineering technicians.

Also, careers expected to have the greatest decline in job openings for people in New Mexico with an associate degree include desktop publishers, human resources assistants (except payroll and timekeeping), air traffic controllers, and chemical technicians.

What’s Next?

Along with choosing a community college, researching the available financial aid options is an important step in earning your associate degree. Below, we’ve listed resources on the state and federal level for all types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships.

  • New Mexico Higher Education Department. This department provides information to help students make informed financial aid decisions and includes support for scholarships, grants, and loan repayment programs.
  • Federal Student Aid. Make the most of financial aid by applying for scholarships, grants, work study, and loans from the office of Federal Student Aid, which provides over $120 billion in financial aid annually. The FAFSA4caster gives you an idea of your eligibility. Once you’re ready, you can apply using the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. Explore a variety of scholarships, grants, and fellowships through CareerOneStop. You can filter the results by degree type and state to focus on the best options for you.