Reach Higher New Mexico

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To get started let's answer a few questions. Do any of these apply to you within the last 18 months?

  • I graduated from high school
  • I completed a high school equivalency credential
  • I was honorably discharged from the military

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It looks like you are considered a recent high school graduate.

The Lottery Scholarship, New Mexico’s first tuition-free college program, covers 100% of tuition for recent New Mexico high school graduates.

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Do you plan on enrolling in a for-credit certificate, two-year, or four-year program at a public college or university in New Mexico?

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New Mexico state scholarship programs can only be used at public colleges or universities in New Mexico.

New Mexico state scholarship programs can only be used toward for-credit certificate and degree programs at one of the 29 participating public colleges and universities in the state.

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Do any of these apply to you?
  • I have already earned a bachelor's degree
  • I have 160 credit hours or more on my transcript from previous college attendance

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The New Mexico Lottery and Opportunity Scholarships are for students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree and who have fewer than 160 credit hours on their transcript.

However, we encourage you to explore our loan-for-service and loan repayment plans:

It looks like you are considered a returning adult student.

The Opportunity Scholarship makes it possible for you to pursue a college degree or career training certificate, even if you are starting college for the first time later in life, or going back after many years.

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3 Good Things: Sniff test, winds of change and free college

Apr 12, 2022

Source: Los Angeles Times

Stop and smell the peaches

It turns out that as much as history, culture and language may separate people around the world, we all have similar ideas about what smells good or bad. Whether researchers ask hunter-gatherers, fishers or farmers, in cities, mountains or rainforests, the results are consistent: People like vanilla the best, followed by the peachy-scented chemical ethyl butyrate. The most repellent substance was isovaleric acid, which is found in cheese and soy milk … and also in foot sweat. We’re united by one of our most powerful senses. Shakespeare was right: That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Farewell, fossil fuels

On March 29, for the first time in the records of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind power generated more electricity in the United States than coal or nuclear sources. It was second only to natural gas in that 24-hour period.

Another exciting development for the planet: Stanford researchers have developed solar panels that generate electricity even at night. Natural gas is looking worse by the day as we see how Russia uses its profits, and green alternatives look better and better.

Low-cost higher education

New Mexico is offering tuition-free college for all state residents — not just new high school graduates, but also older adults. The offer applies to all public colleges, tribal colleges and community colleges. There’s no income cap. The idea is to make higher education available to the public like K-12 public schools are. If many employers are going to insist on degrees, then degrees should be available to any student who’s willing to do the work. Nice job, New Mexico.Advertisement

And one more …

Parents who struggle to re-enact “Leave It to Beaver” every evening should cut themselves some slack. One study looked at hurdles to family dinner and suggested parents try flexible meal times and involving kids in planning menus. Other research points to adjusting our expectations: Maybe three family dinners per week is a win. And maybe, for a toddler, 10 minutes spent squishing broccoli counts as a positive first encounter with our cruciferous friend.