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The process is pretty simple. Answer the questions below and we will direct you to the scholarship that is right for you!

Question 1 of 7 Are you a New Mexico resident?
Question 2 of 7 In the last 16 months, have you graduated from a NM High School, attained an High School equivalency (HSE), or been honorably discharged from the military?
Question 3 of 7 Do you plan to attend full-time?
Question 4 of 7 Will you be pursuing a training certificate, associate degree, or a bachelor's degree?
Question 5 of 7 Have you previously received a bachelor's degree?
Question 6 of 7 Are you planning to enroll in a New Mexico public college or university?
Question 7 of 7 Did you previously attend college but did not complete or have you lost your eligibility for the Lottery Scholarship?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the Opportunity Scholarship or Lottery Scholarship for the following reasons:

  • You have not established residency in New Mexico or
  • You have previously received a bachelor's degree or
  • You are not planning to enroll in a New Mexico public college or university.
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Congratulations, it looks like you are eligible for the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship!

The New Mexico Lottery Scholarship pays full tuition for eligible students who enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year degree program at a New Mexico public college or university.

How can I get started?

There is no separate application for the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

Step 1: Apply
Apply to a participating New Mexico public college or university. Click herefor a complete list and to apply!

Step 2: Complete your FASFA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see what other grants or scholarships you may also qualify for. Click
here to apply!

Step 3: Enroll
Enroll at the participating college of your choice and register full-time (12 credit hours at community colleges, 15 hours at four-year colleges and universities). Applications can be found here

Still have questions? We are here to help! Click or call:

New Mexico Higher Education DepartmentFinancial Aid Divisionfin.aid@state.nm.us1-800-279-9777

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    Congratulations, it looks like you are eligible for the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship!

    The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship pays full tuition and fees for eligible students who enroll part time or full time in a career training certificate, associate, or bachelor's degree program at a New Mexico public college or university.

    How can I get started?

    There is no separate application for the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

    Step 1: Apply
    Apply to a participating New Mexico public college or university. Click here for a complete list and to apply!

    Step 2: Complete your FASFA
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see what other grants or scholarships you may also qualify for. Click
    here to apply!

    Step 3: Enroll
    Enroll at the participating college of your choice and register for at least six credit hours. Applications can be found here

    Still have questions? We are here to help! Click or call:

    New Mexico Higher Education DepartmentFinancial Aid Divisionfin.aid@state.nm.us1-800-279-9777

      Source: KRQE News

      SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico is making history once again, all New Mexicans can go to college for free. Lawmakers approved $75-Million for the Opportunity Scholarship.

      “New Mexico made history back in 1996, by being the first state in the nation to tell college students that they could go to college tuition-free,” said Stephanie Rodriguez, the Cabinet Secretary for the State’s Higher Education Department. Now the state is taking that one step further.

      “We’re making history again,” said Rodriguez. “We’ve established the Opportunity Scholarship Act which is the most encompassing national tuition-free college program in our country.”

      Starting in the fall the Opportunity Scholarship will allow all New Mexicans to earn a credit baring certificate, associate, or a Bachelor’s degree, tuition-free. All you have to do is earn a 2.5 GPA. This will apply on top of the State’s existing Lottery Scholarship, which only applied under certain circumstances.

      The Lottery Scholarship is specifically aimed at recent high school graduates, or honorably discharged veterans. The Opportunity Scholarship is for any New Mexican regardless of age as long as you have a high school diploma or equivalent. Anyone receiving the Lottery Scholarship must be enrolled full time, but to qualify for the new opportunity scholarship, you only have to take six credit hours a semester.

      “This is an opportunity for people to get that leg up,” Rodriguez said. “They can go back to school, but do it in a way that is manageable for their families, and once they’re done, enter family-sustaining careers, with high wages,” Rodriguez explained.

      The Higher Education Department says people who have previously enrolled in a college program but did not complete their degree, can qualify for the Opportunity Scholarship as long as they have not yet completed more than 90 credit hours. You have to live in New Mexico for at least a year before you’re eligible.