Opportunity Scholarship



Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham believes it is more important than ever to prepare the workforce for high-demand positions in healthcare,  education, and other critical sectors. Now is the time to obtain the credentials that can launch you on a meaningful and family-sustaining career pathway.


The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship provides tuition and fee assistance for students enrolled in 2-year programs, including credit-bearing certificate or associate degree programs in a public institution of higher education or Tribal College in New Mexico.






  • Be 18 years of age or older (or eligible to receive the NM Lottery Scholarship) at time of enrollment
  • Be a resident of New Mexico
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours) in a credit-bearing 2-year program
  • Complete a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or another form of income verification
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA)





  • Recent high school graduates and returning adult learners can apply for this scholarship. You may also be eligible if you are currently enrolled in good standing and otherwise meet eligibility requirements.
  • A 2-year degree is a strong investment in the future. Individuals who complete associate degrees develop competitive skills and earn higher wages than those with high school degrees.
  • The scholarship begins in the fall 2020 semester. Ask your local higher education institution's financial aid staff about the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.



(Updated 4/25/20)