New Mexico students get the whole enchilada.
Last week, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed the New Mexico Scholarship Act into law. Under the plan, tuition and fees required at any public college or university in the state will be covered 100% for New Mexico residents, as long as they enroll in at least six hours. credit and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
According to the governor’s office, the program is the largest tuition-free scholarship program in the United States. New high school graduates and adult learners are eligible, with funds available for vocational certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees.
The scholarship is funded by $75 million in general appropriations, enough to support 35,000 students starting this fall, more than half of New Mexico’s current undergraduate student population.
New Mexico already had an extensive scholarship program funded by the New Mexico Lottery; unlike the new scholarship, however, full tuition reimbursement through the lottery scholarship is only available to undergraduate students taking at least 15 credit hours per semester.
Making the new scholarship available to part-time students was important to Bill’s sponsor Joy Garratt, a Democratic state representative who earned her undergraduate degree six credits at a time.
“I am an adult learner who actually graduated from college taking six credits per semester, so this bill is personally important to me,” Garratt said in a statement. “I’m proud to have sponsored this legislation, and I know it will change the lives of thousands of New Mexicans.”