Application Details & Timeline

Application Materials and Descriptions

$250 non-refundable application fee

Notarized letter from student’s parents stating that they have given permission to the guardian (Kristian Chervenock, President Study New Mexico USA) to have student attend high school in Las Cruces, New Mexico-USA.

Notarized letter from the guardian (Kristian Chervenock, President Study New Mexico USA) accepting full responsibility for the student.

Statement of financial responsibility should verify $15,000 USD to cover educational and living expenses for the academic year. The statement of financial responsibility needs to be a letter from the student’s family confirming that they will be financially responsible for their student during the duration of the program. Additionally, a bank statement or a letter from the parents’ bank needs to verify the availability of $15,000 USD.

Only high school transcripts are required and must verify the most current course work completed up to the point of application submission. Once student has completed their third year of high school, they will need to send final transcript to Study New Mexico USA so that it can be passed on to LCPS. This will be important for not only course selection for students’ 12th grade year, but also to ensure that the certificate of completion is issued after 12th grade classes are complete.

GPA requirement of 2.75 or higher for admission into Las Cruces public high schools. That GPA is important as it is the minimum GPA required for Freshmen admission into NMSU.

Study New Mexico USA requires a score of 500 paper-based or 61 internet-based or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Original birth certificate is needed.

Full address information in applicant’s home country.

  • All application materials will need to be translated into English.
  • All application materials for high school admission will be collected and submitted by Study New Mexico USA staff.
  • June 1st deadline for Fall semester start. All application materials must be submitted by no later than the posted deadline for the respective starting semester so that students will have enough time to apply and receive their student visas.
  • Application materials should be mailed directly to:

    Dr. Kristian Chervenock
    President and Managing Director,
    Study New Mexico USA
    4285 Senna Dr
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    880011   U.S.A.

Upon receiving students application materials, Study New Mexico USA will work directly with Las Cruces Public Schools administrators and staff to ensure that application materials are submitted on time for review and for issuance of the I-20 visa document.  All I-20s will be completed for students within a few days, at which point the visa documents will couriered directly to the student or one of Study New Mexico USA’s strategic partners abroad.

Application Materials and Descriptions

After students have submitted all their documents for admission to LCPS high school, we will be sending some additional application materials specific for Study New Mexico USA. This is Phase 2 of the application process.

  • Student Application
  • Participant Contract
  • Accommodation Policy
  • Assumption of Risk,
  • Waiver and Release
  • Code of Conduct
  • Medical Release and
  • Guardianship Form
  • Photo Release
  • Program Rules

Payment Details & Deadlines

Once students have been admitted to LCPS for high school and the visa documents have been mailed back to the student’s home country, and students have successfully passed their visa interview, students will be responsible for paying the remainder of the program balance. The program balance will be paid through international wire transfer directly to Study New Mexico USA. Once the fees are received, Study New Mexico staff will pay tuition at Las Cruces Public Schools for the student. This will allow the student to be registered for courses.

Payment Schedule

Payment TypePayment Deadline (for August Start)
Remaining Balance: $25,750 or $24,750 depending on single our double occupancy.Immediately after student passes her/his visa interview.

Student Visa Details

With over 30 years combined experience assisting international students through the U.S. student visa process,  Study New Mexico USA will guide students through the entire  process—one step at a time. As soon as a student has been admitted into one of Las Cruces’ high schools, aStudy New Mexico USA representative will work directly with each student to assure a stress-free and successful visa process.

Upon approval of admission to  Las Cruces Public High Schools, a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status” will be issued.

The next step is payment of the I-901 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) Fee.  This payment is made before the Department of State issues the F1 student visa.

Apply for the F1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy.  Documents required at the visa appointment are passport, I-20, high school admission letter, and financial support such as a bank statement.  A F1 travel visa will be attached in the passport upon approval.

At the port of entry into the U.S., documents presented to the Customs and Border Protection officers include passport and Form I-20.  The passport will be stamped with the I-94 which is the approval of F1 status.

Application Details for NMSU or UNM

The final process of the New Mexico High School to University Scholarship Pathway Program is applying to New Mexico State University or The University of New Mexico.Study New Mexico USA’s admissions team will assist each student with one-on-one advising to make sure that your university application packet is complete. The following information details the steps that our students, in collaboration with Study New Mexico USA admissions coordinators, will address at mid-point through the high school program.


To apply for admission into an undergraduate program at New Mexico State University (NMSU) an application is submitted online.  The process can be started prior to completion of the final semester.


Additional documents required are an official transcript from the New Mexico high school the student attended, high school diploma, transcripts from home country secondary schools attended, and also ACT or SAT test scores


When admission is granted, the student will be contacted by the international office from the university the student applied. Based on the estimated costs for attendance at NMSU or UNM for an academic year, a financial support document is required prior to final admission.

Academic Calendars &
Important Dates

ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018                     

Note: Calendar not yet available for Academic year 2017-2018. Dates shown are approximate dates

MonthImportant Dates
August5: Official Arrival Date and Homestay/Guest House Check-in
6-7: Orientation
10-12: Register for Classes at High School
15:  First Day of School
September5: Labor Day-No School
October7-11: Fall Break-No School
November8: Election Day-No School
23-25:Thanksgiving Break-No School
December23: Half day (classes end at noon). End of Fall semester
26-January 11: Winter Break-No School
January12: Classes Begin. First Day of Spring Semester
16: Dr. King Holiday: No-School
February20: President’s Holiday: No-School
27: Parent/Teacher Conference: No-School
March20-24: Spring Break-No School
April6-7: No School
May17: Senior’s Last Day of School
23: Move-out Day from Homestay or Guest House
23: End of Study New Mexico USA Program
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