Yes, you must complete a FAFSA to demonstrate financial need. The COE requires a FAFSA score for those scholarships that list demonstration of financial need as one of the eligibility requirements. (Note: If you are an International student and therefore cannot complete a FAFSA, see the related FAQ.)
You can complete the free online FAFSA application at http://finaid.unm.edu/fafsa-informantion/index.html . The UNM Federal School code is: 002663. You must submit your FAFSA application by the March 1st deadline date to ensure that a score is on file at UNM.
The confirmation email you will receive once you have submitted your FAFSA is also required for your scholarship application; therefore, you will need to convert it to PDF so it can be uploaded. If you need help with this, you can stop by the Center for Student Success Support Desk in Travelstead Hall.