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The State of New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Education offer several scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance programs to help you pay for a degree or certificate. Learn more about our programs and how to access them here.

Enroll in any New Mexico public or Tribal College or University. 

                   

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to qualify for any additional grants.*
 

Establish and maintain eligibility for scholarships and grants by fulfilling the requirements of each program. 

*Students who are not eligible to receive federal aid should contact the financial aid office at their college or university for an alternative application. 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is your ticket to both State and Federal scholarships, grants, and more. 

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New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship

New Mexico's newest tuition promise program aimed at helping students of all ages pursue college and career training, even  if attending part-time.

  • 100% of tuition and fees covered at any New Mexico public or Tribal college of university. 
  • Students pursuing certificates, associate, and bachelor degrees are eligible.
  • No application process, just enroll in an eligible college or university. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA to receive the maximum aid for which they qualify.

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New Mexico Lottery Scholarship

New Mexico's first tuition promise program aimed at helping recent high-school graduates who attend college full-time.
 

  • 100% of tuition covered at any New Mexico public or Tribal college or university.
  • Students pursuing associate and bachelor degrees are eligible.
  • No application process, just enroll in an eligible college or university. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA to receive the maximum aid for which they qualify.

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Additional Programs

From state and federal grant programs, work-study, and funding opportunities for career professionals, there are many ways to cover the expenses related to a college education. Learn more below:

Grant Programs 

Grants are sums of money toward your education that you do not have to pay back. Learn more about state and federal grant programs below:

New Mexico Grants

Student Incentive Grants
This grant is for resident undergraduate students with substantial financial need who are attending a New Mexico public college or university or tribal college. Students can receive between $200 and $2,500 per year. 

College Affordability Grants
This grant is available to New Mexico students with financial need who do not qualify for other state grants and scholarships to attend educational programs at state public and Tribal colleges and universities. Students can receive up to $1,500 per semester. 

Federal Grants

Pell Grants
Awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need and who have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. Eligible students can receive between $650 and $6,345.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
These grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need and who have not earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree. You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year, depending on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you get, and the availability of funds at your school. 

Programs for Teachers

Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship
This scholarship pays up to $6,000 per year for students pursuing teacher education degrees at approved public and Tribal colleges and universities in New Mexico. The scholarship can be applied toward fees, books and course supplies.

Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship
This scholarship pays up to $6,000 per year for qualifying educational assistants seeking to pursue teacher education degrees leading to licensure from approved public and Tribal colleges in New Mexico. The scholarship can be applied toward fees, books and course supplies.

Teacher Loan Repayment Program
New Mexicans employed in high-demand career fields can receive repayment for outstanding student loans by working in high-need areas and meeting other program conditions.

Teacher Loan-for-Service Program
Students seeking employment in high-demand career fields can receive state loans to complete education programs. For every year of service provided in a designated shortage area within New Mexico, a portion of the loan will be forgiven. If the entire service agreement is fulfilled, 100% of the loan is eligible for forgiveness.

Programs for Healthcare Professionals

Loan-for-Service Programs
Students seeking employment in high-demand career fields can receive state loans to complete education programs. For every year of service provided in a designated shortage area within New Mexico, a portion of the loan will be forgiven. If the entire service agreement is fulfilled, 100% of the loan is eligible for forgiveness.

Loan Repayment Programs
New Mexicans employed in high-demand career fields can receive repayment for outstanding student loans by working in high-need areas and meeting other program conditions.

Programs for Law and Public Service Professionals

Loan Repayment Programs
New Mexicans employed in high-demand career fields can receive repayment for outstanding student loans by working in high-need areas and meeting other program conditions.

Other Programs

Work Study
These programs allow eligible students to work part-time on or off-campus to earn money toward educational expenses. 

New Mexico Scholars Program
This program is for students in the top 5 percent of their class or those who achieve a 25 on the ACT or 1140 on the SAT and enroll full-time at a public or private non-profit postsecondary in NM before their 21st birthday in an undergraduate program.

Fire Fighters and Peace Officers Survivors Scholarship
A state scholarship that recognizes the importance of the duties performed by our fire fighters and peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The program provides survivors with an opportunity for a college education through a scholarship.

Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship aims increase graduate enrollment at public post-secondary institutions for students from groups underrepresented in graduate education

Programs for Veterans

GI Bill
The federal GI Bill provides educational assistance to servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents. 

Wartime Veterans' Scholarship
A state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to  Military War Veterans certified by the New Mexico Veterans’ Service Commission

Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship
A state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to Vietnam Veterans certified by the New Mexico Veterans’ Service Commission

Need help or more information? Contact us! 
Phone:  1-800-279-9777
Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Email: fin.aid@state.nm.us