Course Delivery Fee

NMSU charges a Course Delivery Fee (CDF) of $35 per credit hour for Distance Education courses designated as M70-M89 on the Course Schedule.

Courses will be charged the $35 per credit hour fee as follows:

  • Online – greater than or equal to 80% web-based and less than or equal to 20% face-to-face delivery*.
  • Interactive Television or ITV delivery.
  • Off-site – courses delivered off the Las Cruces main campus.

* Starting in Spring 2018 an online course will be defined as 50% or greater web-based and be charged the CDF.

The monies from the Course Delivery Fee (CDF) are distributed as follows to:

  • College Deans to support the delivery of online courses and programs, such as faculty salaries, mileage, etc. The CDF distribution is based on the percentage of Student Credit Hours generated by the DE courses and programs for that college.
  • NMSU Albuquerque Center to support the Distance Education (DE) programs and services offered at the off-site campus facility.
  • The Online Course Improvement Program to support faculty professional development for and quality in blended and online courses.
  • Distance Education unit to support the maintenance and growth of DE program and courses and support for exam proctoring for faculty teaching and students taking DE courses.
  • Academic Technology, which administers the learning management system (Canvas) and other learning technologies, and provides workshops and other support services.
  • Instructional Media Services which supports courses and programs delivered via Interactive Television (ITV).

NMSU’s Course Delivery Fee is comparable to what is charged by our regional peer institutions such as University of New Mexico ($33.33 per credit hour or $100 per three credit course) and University of Texas at El Paso ($50 per credit hour or $150 per three credit course).