El Centro Resources

Academic Guidance and Advocacy

The El Centro Staff will guide you through your academic career starting from the admissions process to graduation and beyond. Schedule your appointment today by emailing our staff directly or at (505) 277-5020 or send us an email at elcentro@unm.edu


  • Helpful tips when Applying to UNM:
    • Please be sure to check “I do not have a SSN” on the UNM application if you do not have one, do not try to use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or false SSN.
    • If you are a recipient of Deferred Action for Chilldhood Arrivals (DACA) you may use your Social Security Number (SSN) but you may receive a request for a copy of your SSN and Employed Authorization Document (EAD).
    • Program Specialists at El Centro will help students who are applying to UNM in completing required documents, for example: writing a letter explaining your status to UNM in case you have included incorrect information or did not include a SSN in the application.
    • For more information about UNM admission call (505) 277-8900 to speak to them directly.

State Aid Application (Formerly Paper FAFSA)

  • Undocumented/DACA students who qualify for NM Senate Bill 582 (2005) can fill out a State Aid Application at UNM.
  • The State Aid Application can also provide Work Study awards for DACA Recipients and students with Employment Authorization.
  • Need help filling out the State Aid Application? Connect with our Program Specialist for assistance.


  • Program Specialists can help review your scholarship applications.
  • Scholarships offered by El Centro can be found HERE 
  • Scholarships offered by UNM can be found HERE 
  • Scholarship A-Z
    • Check out the latest scholarships available to undocumented and DACA students
    • Learn how to write scholarship essays from their resources page.

El Centro's Commitment

We work diligently to offer a welcoming and safe space with personalized support and advocacy to undocumented students and their families. El Centro is committed to building a sense of community, a supportive environment and, advocating for students to be successful in higher education, regardless of their background or immigration status.

Did you know?

In the State of New Mexico we have a law commonly referred to as SB 582 which has been around since 2005. This law establishes two things:

1. Universities are prohibited from discriminating against students based on their immigration status; and

2. Provides in-state tuition and state funds such as the Legislative Lottery Scholarship if you:

  • Attended a year of secondary education in New Mexico and
  • Graduated or obtained a GED (or equivalent) in New Mexico