New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship
The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship encourages New Mexico high school graduates and New Mexico General Education Diploma (GED) recipients to enroll full time and complete a 2 year degree within 5 semesters or a 4 year degree within 9 semesters. It provides financial support by paying the cost of tuition at any New Mexico public post-secondary institution. This scholarship is not awarded on the basis of financial need. While we strongly encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students are NOT required to complete a FAFSA to receive the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship.
Eligibility Requirements: New Mexico residents who have established residency and attended a public New Mexico secondary educational institution for at least one year, regardless of immigration status, and meet all below listed criteria are eligible.
Graduate from a New Mexico public or accredited private high school, or received a New Mexico GED
Enroll full-time (twelve credit hours) in a public New Mexico college or university in a degree or certificate program the first regular term following high school graduation or receipt of a GED
Complete at least twelve credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in the first term of college, the Qualifying Semester
If ALL the above requirements are NOT met a student is NOT eligible to receive the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship. Only military and medical circumstance that prevented the student from attending their Qualifying Semester can be considered for extenuating circumstances and will require the submission of Petition for Leave of Absence or Reinstatement of Academic Scholarships Form with supporting documentation.
The Legislative Lottery Scholarship will be awarded for the second semester of attendance to students who have met all the eligibility requirements during their Qualifying Semester. The scholarship covers only tuition – it does NOT cover mandatory student fees or course fees. It is not awarded in summer except for accelerated programs, such as Nursing.
Continuing Eligibility Criteria: A student will remain eligible to receive this scholarship by completing 12 NEW credit hours in each consecutive fall and spring terms while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better – repeated courses do NOT count. Grade Point Average (GPA) is the average of traditional letter grades, A, B, C, D, F and WF. The grade of CR counts towards total credit hours completed but does not affect GPA. Grades of F, NC, I, W, WP, WF and Audit and repeated classes do NOT count towards total credit hours completed but may negatively impact GPA.
Duration of Eligibility: The Legislative Lottery Scholarship may be awarded up to 8 consecutive semesters at UNM or receipt of a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first. It may be transferred to and from other New Mexico Public Colleges and Universities with the use of the New Mexico Scholarship Transfer Transcript.
Students with Disabilities: Students with qualified disabilities who are registered with UNM’s Accessibility Resource Center may be approved to attend part time up to 14 terms. These students must have prior approval and The Legislative Lottery Scholarship Students with Disabilities Referral Form signed by an Accessibility Resource Center advisor each term they plan to enroll in less than twelve credit hours. The Financial Aid Office must receive certifications by December 1 for the Fall Semester and May 1 for the Spring Semester. All other Lottery requirements remain the same.
Consortium Agreement: Students can maintain full time enrollment by taking classes at multiple public New Mexico secondary educational institutions. The Lottery Scholarship will be adjusted to pay tuition accrued at UNM and tuition accrued at the host school. To mix enrollment between schools, students MUST complete the Consortium Agreement Form and submit it to the Student Financial Aid Office by the end of the 3rd week of classes.
Probation: A student who has met the initial eligibility requirements whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 or who does not complete 12 credits each fall and spring term will not be awarded the Lottery for the upcoming term. Students can re-establish eligibility by raising their GPA and/or completing missed credits. Fall deficits must be made up spring or summer of the same academic year; spring deficits must be made up during summer or fall of the same calendar year. Although no awards will be made during probation, all terms are counted toward the maximum number of eligible terms. Once a deficit is made up the student MUST submit a Petition for Leave of Absence or Reinstatement of Academic Scholarships Form by the end of the 3rd week of the semester they are requesting re-instatement of the scholarship.
If a student is NOT registered full time by the end of the 3rd week of classes, the student forfeits eligibility for the Lottery Scholarship and can no longer receive Lottery funding.
Leave of Absence/Exception to Continuing Eligibility: Under certain highly restricted circumstances, qualified students may be approved for a leave of absence or exception to the Continuing Eligibility Criteria. A Petition for Leave of Absence or Reinstatement of Academic Scholarships Form with supporting documentation must be submitted to UNM’s Student Financial Aid Office for consideration. Students will be emailed once a decision is made or if additional documentation is needed.