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Legislative Lottery Scholarship
Transfer Achievement Scholarship
Out-of-State Competitive Scholarship

Legislative Lottery Scholarship

If initial eligibility has already been established at a prior New Mexico institution the Legislative Lottery Scholarship can be transferred to NMSU. To have your lottery scholarship transferred the NMSU-Las Cruces (LC) scholarship department must receive a Scholarship Transfer Transcript (STT) from the school that you are transferring from. (Note: this is different from the academic transcript that must be sent to the Office of Admissions.)

Award:

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

  1. Contact the scholarship department at your current school after the grades have been posted for your last semester attending.
  2. Request they fax a Scholarship Transfer Transcript to (575) 646-4383.
  3. Follow up with the scholarship department at NMSU-LC campus to confirm receipt of the STT. (575) 646-4597.

Once the transcript is received the scholarship department will evaluate your eligibility. Based on the information provided by the previous school you may be awarded the Legislative Lottery Scholarship, placed on probation, or denied. To assure receiving the lottery scholarship in time to pay your tuition the STT must be received no later than one week prior to the beginning of the semester entering NMSU.

You are encouraged to visit with the scholarship department at your current school to understand the process prior to requesting the STT.

If you are attending a NMSU campus other than Las Cruces you will need to have the transcript sent to that campus.

Contact Information

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.

Transfer Achievement Scholarship EFFECTIVE DATE 09/23/2010

New students transferring from community colleges ONLY. The scholarship is awarded to students who start either fall or spring semester.

Award:

  • First award: $2500 for the year will be awarded if the transferable GPA is 3.50-4.00
  • Second award: $1500 for the year will be awarded if the transferable GPA is 3.00-3.49

Eligibility Requirements

  • Attend community college(s) ONLY before transferring to NMSU
  • Complete a minimum of 30 (90 maximum) transferable semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (as computed by the NMSU Office of Admissions)
  • Advanced placement or credits by exam are not included in the 30 transfer hour requirement.
  • Submit official college transcript(s) to the Office of Admission from all colleges attended in order to verify eligibility
  • Admitted to Las Cruces campus
  • Seeking Bachelor degree
  • Scholarship application and FAFSA submitted by March 1st for fall attendance
  • Scholarship application and FAFSA submitted by December 15th for spring attendance

Renewal Requirements

  • Earn a minimum of 24 semester hours of academic credit (at NMSU) by the end of the second semester.
  • First award 3.5 – 4.0 cumulative NMSU GPA
  • Second award 3.0 – 3.49 cumulative NMSU GPA
  • Consecutive enrollment
  • 4 semester maximum or attainment of a Bachelor Degree (graduation), whichever comes first
  • Students who lose eligibility may only be considered for Lottery

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

See Scholar Dollar$ to apply

Out-of-State Competitive Scholarship

NMSU general scholarship application required. Number of awards limited.

Award:

Tuition reduced to N.M. residency rate; $100 stipend/semester.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Non-N.M. resident
  • Admitted to Las Cruces campus by March 1st
  • Enrolled in 15 new credit hours at the Las Cruces campus**
  • Seeking a Bachelor Degree
  • Freshman: 3.5 GPA & 23 ACT or 3.0 GPA & 26 ACT
  • Transfer: 3.5 cumulative GPA or have freshman criteria
  • Scholarship application submitted by March 1st

Renewal Requirements

  • Enroll in 15 new credit hours at the Las Cruces campus each semester
  • Earn 30 new graded credit hours each academic year (fall/spring) at Las Cruces campus**
  • 3.5 cumulative NMSU GPA
  • 8 semester maximum or attainment of a Bachelor Degree (graduation), whichever comes first

Transfer – semester maximum includes all transfer semesters from previous institution(s)

Note: If you participate in this scholarship program you are ineligible for New Mexico residency. If you wish to establish NM residency you may not begin the application process until after having discontinued the scholarship program for one full year.

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

See Scholar Dollar$ to apply