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Legislative Lottery Scholarship

For information on the status of the New Mexico Legislative Lottery scholarship, visit http://fa.nmsu.edu/lottery.

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

Award: Tuition ONLY, varying amounts. (Stated semester rates at NMSU include both tuition and required fees.)

To qualify for the Lottery Scholarship, students must:

  • Be a New Mexico resident.
  • Enroll in college the semester immediately following (1) graduation from a New Mexico high school, (2) earning a New Mexico certificate of completion, or (3) receiving 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, students must:

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

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

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. Students are responsible for unpaid tuition and fees, unless other scholarships or grants cover these costs.

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.

** Developmental courses and other degree requirements that are only taught at the NMSU Community Colleges will count toward the minimum required hours.