Reach Higher New Mexico

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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

      New Mexico Governor Signed a Bill Making College Tuition-Free For High School Graduates and Adult Learners

      Mar 18, 2022 | In the News

      Source: mitú

      It goes without saying that there is a student debt crisis in the U.S.

      Right now, Americans owe approximately $1.8 trillion dollars in student loans. And if something doesn’t change, those numbers will just keep climbing. But luckily, New Mexico is changing the way their residents pay for college.

      On March 4, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship Act, a bill that will make college free to most residents of New Mexico. The scholarship will waive tuition for any New Mexico resident who attends an in-state public college or university. That is roughly 120,000 college students that will receive free tuition.

      In a statement, Governor Lujan expressed her pride over New Mexico taking this momentous step. 

      “A fully funded Opportunity Scholarship opens the door for every New Mexican to reach higher, strengthening our economy, our families and our communities,” she said. “Signing this legislation sends a clear message to New Mexicans that we believe in them and the contributions they will make for their families and the future of our great state.”

      Like any scholarship, the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship comes with requirements. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship. 

      But unlike other scholarships, the Opportunity Scholarship is open to both recent high school graduates as well as adult learners. 

      In a statement, co-sponsor of the bill, New Mexico State Representative Joy Garratt explained how close this bill hits to home for her. “I am an adult learner who actually graduated from college by taking six credits per semester, so this bill is personally important to me,” she said. “Working together with Governor Lujan Grisham, we have laid a strong foundation in early childhood education, K-12 education, and now, higher education.”

      By making college free to all New Mexico residents, the state is leading the rest of the country in the fight for affordable college for all.

      And so far, on Twitter, many people are expressing their support of the bill. “Tuition free college should be the rule of law in the United States and a basic right,” said one Twitter user. Another said: “Education that doesn’t leave people in crippling, lifelong debt shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”

      The bottom line is, when young Americans are saddled with massive amounts of student debt, they are less likely to take major life steps like buying a house, getting married or having children. The student debt crisis has effectively hobbled an entire generation. The only way the country can move forward is by fundamentally changing the system.

      With this model in place, many are hoping the results of this initiative will spur the federal government to take similar action. If not by waiving tuition for public colleges, then at least erasing student debt.