As a public, charter high school, NMSA’s academic programming is funded by the State, and attendance is free. The Arts, Outreach, and Residential programs are funded via private donations and foundation support. To help close the funding gap NMSA asks student families to pay a $1,000 annual arts fee (if every family payed this fee, it would only cover roughly 10% of annual program costs).
No student is denied access if the fee cannot be paid and NMSA does not verify or qualify students for a waiver. The fee is 100% volunteer.