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The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

Additional Sources of Financial Aid

The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship is automatically awarded to qualified students beginning the second semester of their freshman year. No application is necessary; however, we strongly recommend that you complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://fafsa.ed.gov.

To qualify for the Lottery Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a New Mexico resident.
  • Enroll in college the semester immediately following (1) graduation from a New Mexico high school, (2) earn a New Mexico certificate of completion, or (3) receive a New Mexico high school equivalency credential. Home-school students must have a high school equivalency credential dated prior to the entering semester.
  • Be degree seeking.
  • Pass 15 new graded credit hours (12 at a community college) by the end of the first semester.
  • Earn a 2.5 GPA or greater for the first semester.

To maintain eligibility for the scholarship, you must:

  • Complete 15 new graded credit hours (12 at a community college) each semester.
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater.

This scholarship is valid for seven semesters total (three at a community college and transferrable to a 4-year university) or until you earn a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

The scholarship amount for all students is the same. The amount of the Lottery Scholarship is set annually by June 1 by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and can only be applied to tuition. You are responsible for unpaid tuition and fees, unless other scholarships or grants cover these costs.

Legacy students: If you have received at least three semesters of Legislative Lottery Scholarship by Spring of 2014, you are considered a legacy student; you must complete 12 credit hours each semester and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Legacy students are eligible to receive the scholarship for eight semesters.

The rules and regulations for the Lottery Scholarship for all students, legacy or otherwise, are determined by and are subject to change by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the New Mexico Legislature.