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New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

Since 1996, the New Mexico Lottery has helped more than 97,000 students from across the state attend New Mexico public colleges, universities and technical colleges with the help of a Legislative Lottery Scholarship.

Part of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets benefits New Mexico’s future. It opens the door to new generations of New Mexicans to obtain a college education that otherwise might not have been possible. And that makes New Mexico a smarter, better place.

Who is Qualified for a Scholarship

The Legislative Lottery Scholarship provides funds to pay for a portion of tuition for New Mexico high school graduates (or GED recipients) who want to attend a New Mexico public college or university. Here are the requirements:

  • Be a New Mexico Resident;
  • Graduate from a New Mexico public high school, an accredited private high school recognized by the Public Education Department, or obtain a New Mexico GED (home-schooled students must obtain a NM GED prior to beginning their qualifying semester);
  • Enroll and succesfully complete full-time (12 or more credit hours) at the two year college or (15 or more hours) at the four year college or university in the first regular semester immediately following high school graduation or obtaining a GED; military veterans who meet all other scholarship eligibility requirements have one year to enroll in college following an honorable or medical discharge;
  • Obtain and maintain at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA while completing full-time enrollment each semester.

Program Features

  • Tuition funding.  NM Higher Education Department annually decides what poriton of tuition will be funded.
  • Seven consecutive semesters of eligibility beginning with the second semester of college enrollment.  (Only three semesters of funding eligibility is allowed at SJC.  Funds earned at one school count toward total eligiblity when transferring.)
  • There is no probation period at San Juan College.  Students must maintain eligiblity criteria each semester to conitinue being eligible for the scholarship.
  • No application required, although some colleges may require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Students who transfer to another eligible college keep the benefit, as long as they are meeting the eligibility requirements and have not exceeded their eligible semesters.

Legislative Lottery Scholarship: Students With Disabilities

During the 2007 New Mexico State Legislative session, lawmakers passed a law that redefines “full time” for students with disabilities effective 2007 fall semester.
A student who self-identifies with the institutional office that serves students with disabilities may request to take less than 12 credit hours, in no case however, shall a student take fewer than 6 credit hours.  The student is still required to maintain Lottery eligibility with a 2.5 GPA and consecutive enrollment at a New Mexico public college or university.
Please see the SJC Financial Aid Office or the SJC Disabilities Office for more information and the application.

Need More Information?

Simply contact your college financial aid office (505) 566-3323, high school guidance counselor or the New Mexico Higher Education Department at 1-800-279-9777.