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NM Lottery Scholarship

What is the NM Lottery Scholarship?

Also known as the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship. This scholarship pays for a percentage of tuition (up to undergraduate degree) for students who have obtained New Mexico diploma of excellence or high school equivalency credential recipients who immediately attend a New Mexico public college or university.

How do I apply?

One of the most common questions for the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship is: How do I apply for the lottery scholarship?


There is no application required for the lottery scholarship. The fall semester following your high school graduation is the qualifying semester.


The scholarship may be renewed on a semester basis until the award recipient has received seven (7) semesters of scholarship awards at a four year institution or until the student graduates with a bachelor’s degree from an eligible institution, whichever is sooner. Student attending a community college are eligible for three (3) semesters of scholarship awards.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be a resident of New Mexico
  • Must have graduated from a NM public, accredited private school or obtained a high school equivalency credential in New Mexico.
  • Must be enrolled full-time (15 credit hours) in the first regular semester at an eligible 4-year New Mexico public university.
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) in the first regular semester at an eligible 2-year New Mexico community college.
  • Must enroll immediately following high school graduation
  • Must maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a full-time status

Additional Questions:

Please contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department, Financial Aid Division at 1-800-279-9777.