NM Higher Education Department

Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program

The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship will pay for a portion of tuition (up to an undergraduate degree) for New Mexico high school graduates (or GED recipients) who want to attend a New Mexico public college or university.

Eligibility:

  • Student must be a resident of New Mexico.
  • Student must have completed high school at a public or accredited private New Mexico high school, graduated from a public or accredited private New Mexico high school or received a high school equivalency credential while maintaining residency in New Mexico.
  • Student must enroll at a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation or receipt of a high equivalency credential.
  • Student must enroll in and earn 15 credit hours per semester at a four-year New Mexico public university.
  • Student must enroll in and earn 12 credit hours per semester at a two- year New Mexico public community college.
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average (GPA) each semester of enrollment.
  • Students with disabilities may qualify for reduced credit hour requirements and additional semesters of the scholarship.

    Award:

    A percentage of tuition.

Duration

The initial scholarship shall begin with the second semester of enrollment at a public post-secondary educational institution. Thereafter, the scholarship is renewed on a per-semester basis subject to maintaining eligibility. Students must remain consecutively enrolled each fall and spring semester to maintain eligibility for the scholarship. The scholarship may be renewed at a four-year institution until the award recipient has received seven (7) semesters of scholarship awards or until the student graduates with a bachelor’s degree, whichever is sooner. Students attending a community college are eligible for three (3) semesters of scholarship awards. The student should contact their public post-secondary educational institution’s financial aid advisor for eligibility verification if they have met the first semester eligibility requirements listed above.

How to Apply:

Student shall contact their public post-secondary educational institution’s financial aid advisor for eligibility verification (no application needed).

When to Apply:

Student shall contact their public post-secondary educational institution for eligibility period.

Where to Apply:

Legislative Lottery Scholarship eligibility is determined by the public post-secondary educational institution.  Contact the financial aid office (505) 566-3323 or financialaid@sanjuancollege.edu.

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 contact the SJC Financial Aid Office (505) 566-3323; financialaid@sanjuancollege.edu or the SJC Disabilities Office for more information and the application.

Need More Information?

Contact the financial aid office (505) 566-3323 or financialaid@sanjuancollege.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does my high school GPA impact my eligibility for the Lottery Scholarship? No, the eligibility for this scholarship is determined by college GPA.

Does the Lottery Scholarship cover the entire cost of tuition? The amount of tuition covered by the scholarship will vary by institution. Please contact the institution that you plan to attend to find out what amount of tuition will be covered by this scholarship.

Am I eligible to apply for other types of financial aid if I receive the Lottery Scholarship? Yes, you may be eligible for other financial aid programs. The Financial Aid Division encourages all students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://fafsa.gov/

Does the Lottery Scholarship cover other expenses such as student fees, books, or room and board? No, the Lottery Scholarship applies only to tuition costs.

How soon must a student enroll after completing high school to establish eligibility for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship? To establish eligibility for the scholarship students must enter college within sixteen months after graduating from high school or completing a high school equivalency credential.

What are the provisions for students that begin service in the military following completion of high school? Students that enter the military within four months of high school completion may establish eligibility within sixteen months of completion of honorable service or medical discharge.

Can the scholarship be transferred to an out of state institution or private institution in New Mexico? No, the scholarship may only be received at a public post-secondary educational institution within New Mexico.

If a student attends a non-qualifying institution after completing high school will they forfeit eligibility for this program? Yes, to establish eligibility for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship first attendance must be at a qualifying New Mexico public post-secondary educational institution.