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Top 40 New Mexico Scholarships in April 2024

Written by Kayla Korzekwinski

Kayla Korzekwinski is a Scholarships360 content writer. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Advertising/PR, Rhetorical Communication, and Anthropology. Kayla has worked on communications for non-profits and student organizations. She loves to write and come up with new ways to express ideas.

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Cece Gilmore is a Content Writer at Scholarships360. Cece earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she was the education editor as well as a published staff reporter at Downtown Devil. Cece was also the co-host of her own radio show on Blaze Radio ASU.

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Updated: April 3rd, 2024

New Mexico is known as “the Land of Enchantment,” and you’re sure to be enchanted by these scholarship opportunities! New Mexico students have access to a variety of scholarships to help fund their post-secondary education. These scholarships are for different areas of New Mexico and different areas of study. Continue reading to learn more about the Top New Mexico scholarships!

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New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

Offered by New Mexico Higher Education Department

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Varies
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by New Mexico Higher Education Department

Are you a New Mexico resident who will be enrolling full-time at a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation…Show More

Are you a New Mexico resident who will be enrolling full-time at a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation…Show More

Are you a New Mexico resident who will be enrolling full-time at a public post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico within sixteen months of graduation or receipt of a high equivalency credential? If so, you may be eligible for the New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship! The scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors who will be soon graduating from a public or accredited private New Mexico high school (homeschooled New Mexico seniors and GED holders are also eligible). If you're a New Mexico high school senior who will be pursuing a post-secondary education at an in-state, public university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Varies
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

New Mexico Health Professional Loan Repayment Program

Offered by New Mexico Commission on Higher Education

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by New Mexico Commission on Higher Education

Are you a healthcare professional who is residing, working full-time in, and licensed or certified in the state of New Mexico? Further, are you currently…Show More

Are you a healthcare professional who is residing, working full-time in, and licensed or certified in the state of New Mexico? Further, are you currently…Show More

Are you a healthcare professional who is residing, working full-time in, and licensed or certified in the state of New Mexico? Further, are you currently providing clinical care to patients? If so, the New Mexico Health Professional Loan Repayment Program may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the program provides repayment for outstanding student loans of practicing New Mexico health professionals. As a condition of the program, a health professional must make a three-year service commitment to practice full-time in a designated medical shortage area in New Mexico. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Junior
Apply

Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

Offered by Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund

Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a…Show More

Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a…Show More

Are you a citizen of the U.S. or Canada who is residing in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico and is actively pursuing a career in information and records management? If so, the Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000 to multiple applicants enrolled in a four-year program or Graduate School and $1,000 to applicants enrolled in a two-year program. The number of scholarships awarded per school year will be determined by the Fund Trustees. If you're residing in the Southwest (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, or New Mexico) and are pursuing a degree/career in information and records management, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Youth in Foster Care Scholarship

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Are you a college student in New Mexico that has been in the foster care system? If so, you might be interested in applying to…Show More

Are you a college student in New Mexico that has been in the foster care system? If so, you might be interested in applying to…Show More

Are you a college student in New Mexico that has been in the foster care system? If so, you might be interested in applying to the Youth in Foster Care Scholarship! This scholarship is open to students in New Mexico who have been in the foster care system and are pursuing a postsecondary education. The scholarship is offered by the Albuquerque Community Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing grants to improve the community in Albuquerque. Its creation was inspired by Jim and Anne Nelson, a couple who developed a deep understanding of the best interests and needs of foster youth and neglected children through their work with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Thus, the Youth in Foster Care scholarship aims to help those affected by an unstable childhood continue their education. Every year, one award of $1,000 is given to help a lucky student fund their undergraduate degree. If you are an undergraduate student from New Mexico who has been in the foster care system, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

1 award worth $1,000
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $2,200
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Are you a student from New Mexico seeking a degree in automotive technology? If so, you may want to apply for the Andrew Piech Memorial…Show More

Are you a student from New Mexico seeking a degree in automotive technology? If so, you may want to apply for the Andrew Piech Memorial…Show More

Are you a student from New Mexico seeking a degree in automotive technology? If so, you may want to apply for the Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship! This scholarship is open to students pursuing a degree in automotive or technical/vocational studies at a non-profit or public institution. The scholarship is offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing grants to improve the community in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paula and Gerald Piech established the scholarship in 2010 to honor their son, who was interested in the automotive field. Every year, one to two awards worth up to $2,200 are awarded to students to help pay for their education costs. If you’re a public or non-profit school student looking for some financial help for college, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,200
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

The American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $1,400
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Are you an undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student from New Mexico who is attending a New Mexico four-year nonprofit or public educational institution to pursue…Show More

Are you an undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student from New Mexico who is attending a New Mexico four-year nonprofit or public educational institution to pursue…Show More

Are you an undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student from New Mexico who is attending a New Mexico four-year nonprofit or public educational institution to pursue a course of study related to advertising or communications? If so, you may be eligible for the American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund! Each year, the scholarship awards 1-2 awards worth up to $1,400 each to New Mexico residents at an in-state university who have a passion for advertising and/or communications. Eligible fields of study include business with a marketing emphasis, journalism with an advertising emphasis, strategic communications, advertising and marketing, or graphic design, fine art, photography, or illustration while maintaining a career focus in advertising or public relations. If you're a New Mexican undergraduate upperclassman or graduate student who is attending an in-state university to study advertising or communications-related fields, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,400
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
Get Started

Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level College Senior

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Are you a female, New Mexico resident who is continuing or returning to their in-state college/university to complete their senior year of school? If so,…Show More

Are you a female, New Mexico resident who is continuing or returning to their in-state college/university to complete their senior year of school? If so,…Show More

Are you a female, New Mexico resident who is continuing or returning to their in-state college/university to complete their senior year of school? If so, you may be eligible for the Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women! Each year, the scholarship awards 1-2 awards worth up to $1,000 each to female New Mexico residents in their last year at an in-state university. Preference will be given to women who have dropped out and are returning to finish their degree, but any New Mexican women in their last year of college may apply. If you meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level College Senior
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

David R. Woodling Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $4,600
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Albuquerque Community Foundation

Are you a New Mexico resident who is currently (or will soon be) attending an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution in pursuit of a…Show More

Are you a New Mexico resident who is currently (or will soon be) attending an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution in pursuit of a…Show More

Are you a New Mexico resident who is currently (or will soon be) attending an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution in pursuit of a certificate or degree in a metals technology program, with a concentration in machine tool technology and welding? If so, consider applying for the David R. Woodling Memorial Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $4,600 to up to two such students who submit letters of reference and a personal essay about their career goals and relevant experiences. If you're from New Mexico pursuing a certificate or degree in machine tool technology or welding, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $4,600
Deadline Jun 6, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship

Offered by New Mexico Higher Education Department

Multiple awards worth Full tuition & fees
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College Students

Offered by New Mexico Higher Education Department

Are you a New Mexico resident enrolled part- or full-time in a public New Mexico college or university and hold a minimum 2.5 GPA? If…Show More

Are you a New Mexico resident enrolled part- or full-time in a public New Mexico college or university and hold a minimum 2.5 GPA? If…Show More

Are you a New Mexico resident enrolled part- or full-time in a public New Mexico college or university and hold a minimum 2.5 GPA? If so, you may be eligible for the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship! The scholarship is awarded annually to New Mexico college students who have graduated from high school at least 16 months ago and have not yet earned a first bachelor's degree. If you're a New Mexico resident who will be pursuing a post-secondary education at an in-state, public university, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Full tuition & fees
Deadline Varies
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Macy’s Emergency Scholarship Fund

Offered by LNESC & Macy's

Multiple awards worth up to $500
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Students

Offered by LNESC & Macy's

Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas?…Show More

Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas?…Show More

Are you a college student facing economic hardship? Further, are you residing in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas? If so, consider applying for Macy's Emergency Scholarship Fund! The scholarship is open to full-time university students residing in the listed states/regions who are experiencing emergency financial need. Events that will qualify students for this scholarship include the following: change in family income, loss of job, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster, eviction or home foreclosure, burglary, and fire. Each year, the scholarship awards multiple recipients up to $500 to support them during their times of need. If you're a college student in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Puerto Rico, or Texas that has been impacted by an unexpected hardship affecting your education, we encourage you to apply! Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $500
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

William M. Olson / Warren E. Taylor and Daniel D. Koleske Science and Engineering Scholarships

Offered by AVS New Mexico

Multiple awards worth $3,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by AVS New Mexico

Are you a high school senior who will soon be graduating from a high school in the New Mexico Chapter area (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona,…Show More

Are you a high school senior who will soon be graduating from a high school in the New Mexico Chapter area (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona,…Show More

Are you a high school senior who will soon be graduating from a high school in the New Mexico Chapter area (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, and the portion of Texas in the mountain time zone) and subsequently pursuing a course of study in the physical sciences or engineering at an institution of higher education? If so, you may be eligible for the William M. Olson / Warren E. Taylor and Daniel D. Koleske Science and Engineering Scholarships! Each year, the scholarships award $3,000 to multiple eligible students who submit a transcript, two letters of recommendation, a 1-page statement regarding their goals, as well as their SAT/ACT scores. If you're a college-bound high school senior residing in the AVS New Mexico Chapter area (New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, and the portion of Texas in the mountain time zone), we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $3,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Neil Isbin Scholarship

Offered by Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico

2 awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico

Founded in memory of activist Neil Isbin, this scholarship supports Albuquerque-area high school seniors who are passionate about volunteer work promoting human rights and human…Show More

Founded in memory of activist Neil Isbin, this scholarship supports Albuquerque-area high school seniors who are passionate about volunteer work promoting human rights and human…Show More

Founded in memory of activist Neil Isbin, this scholarship supports Albuquerque-area high school seniors who are passionate about volunteer work promoting human rights and human dignity. Eligible applicants must enroll in an accredited nonprofit college or university in the fall. There are no restrictions on eligibility based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability status. If you're a high school senior in the Albuquerque area passionate about activism, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

2 awards worth $1,000
Expected deadline April 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started
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How to win New Mexico scholarships

New Mexico is a unique state in terms of the cultural diversity, beautiful mountainous terrain, and vast desert landscapes. So, it is no surprise that you’re interested in pursuing your future education in New Mexico! 

In order to win New Mexico scholarships, you should detail your passions while simultaneously emphasizing your fascination with New Mexico as a state. Meaning, in your scholarship applications, you should emphasize how your passions align with these unique characteristics. By embracing your individuality and connecting it to New Mexico, you can make a compelling case for why you are deserving of New Mexico scholarships! 

Writing resources for acing New Mexico scholarship essays

Many New Mexico scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself which can range anywhere from a 250 word essay to a 500 word essay. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 guide to finding and winning scholarships. Additionally, check out how to start and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your scholarship essay will be perfect from beginning to end!  

Don’t miss: Scholarships360’s free scholarships search tool

New Mexico student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, in total, New Mexico residents owe $7.8 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $34,211 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 44.3% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for!

Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships from top colleges and universities in New Mexico!

Merit scholarships at New Mexico colleges and universities

The University of New Mexico

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who demonstrate high academic achievement as awards are competitive
  • Amount: $4,000 up to full tuition
  • Deadline: Admission to the University of New Mexico

New Mexico State University

  • Eligibility: New students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree who have a strong high school GPA and ACT/SAT score
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to New Mexico State University

Eastern New Mexico University

  • Eligibility: First year students based on ACT or SAT scores as well as residency status
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: August 1

New Mexico Highlands University

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who have a strong high school GPA and enroll in at least 15 credit hours
  • Amount: $1,000 up to $5,700
  • Deadline: Admission to New Mexico Highlands University

Western New Mexico University

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who have a strong high school GPA and enroll in at least 15 credit hours
  • Amount: Up to the full cost of tuition
  • Deadline: December 1

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity

In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known New Mexico universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

New Mexico State University

  • In-state tuition: $8,409
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,735

University of New Mexico 

  • In-state tuition: $11,126
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,045

How do you get in-state tuition? 

As you can see, in-state tuition significantly reduces the cost of New Mexico colleges and universities. In order to become a New Mexico resident for tuition purposes, you must physically reside in New Mexico for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the term for which you want in-state tuition rates. Additionally, you will need to provide evidence that you intend to remain in New Mexico. Some examples of evidence include obtaining a New Mexico driver’s license, registering your vehicle in New Mexico, and having proof of payment for New Mexico state income tax for the previous year. 

Does New Mexico offer tuition reciprocity? 

Yes, New Mexico is a member state of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) which is a limited tuition reciprocity agreement among select Western States. 

New Mexico scholarship spotlight

New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship

  • Eligibility: NM residents pursuing two-year degree or certificate programs at a public or Tribal college in New Mexico who are at least 18 years old 
  • Amount: Up to full tuition and fees 
  • Deadline: Varies

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

  • Eligibility: New Mexico residents who graduated from a NM high school, completed requirements as a home-schooled student registered with the New Mexico Public Education Department, or received a high school equivalency credential recognized by the state
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies

Davis-Kozoll Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Students in northwest New Mexico pursuing a degree in science and/or human service disciplines
  • Amount: $1,000 up to $5,000
  • Deadline: April 6

William M. Olson / Warren E. Taylor and Daniel D. Koleske Science and Engineering Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least one science elective in high school, and planning to major in a physical science or engineering field in college
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: April 15

Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Current or past residents of New Mexico who are graduating high school OR new/returning college students pursuing certificates/degrees in automotive or technical vocational studies
  • Amount: $2,200
  • Deadline: June 1

The American Advertising Federation-New Mexico (AAF-NM) Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: New Mexico residents who are full-time students in their junior or senior of college or graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, attending a New Mexico nonprofit institution in one of the following disciplines: Business with a marketing emphasis, Journalism with an advertising emphasis, Strategic communications, Advertising and marketing, Graphic design, Fine art, Photography, or Illustration while maintaining a career focus in advertising or public relations
  • Amount: $1,400
  • Deadline: June 1

Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women

  • Eligibility: Female New Mexico residents entering their senior year as full-time or part-time students. Applicants must have taken a break during their educational careers and plan to graduate within three semesters (explain in essay)
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: June 1

Additional New Mexico resources

New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship Act

In March 2022, the governor of New Mexico signed into law an act which waives tuition for residents attending in-state public college, including community college. As long as the student is enrolled with a minimum of six credit hours and maintains a 2.5 GPA, they will not have to pay any tuition.

This is a huge opportunity for residents of the state, and makes in-state college significantly more affordable. Keep in mind, even under this act, you’ll still have to pay for expenses such as room and board. But, with the help of some of the scholarships on this list, as well as financial aid, you might be able to cover those and graduate debt-free.

New Mexico Higher Education Department

Created by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, this platform is a true “one-stop shopping” experience. Learn about vetted scholarships, financial aid, and resources for higher education. Bookmark this one–it is an excellent resource for both students and their parents! 

New Mexico Junior College Foundation Scholarship

The New Mexico Junior College Foundation offers a number of scholarships specifically for students attending/planning to attend New Mexico Junior College. 

State Bar of New Mexico Law Student Scholarships

The State Bar of New Mexico Law and the University of New Mexico School of Law teamed up to offer scholarships for higher education. UNMSOL handles all applications and disperses the scholarship awards. 

New Mexico Activities Association Scholarships

The New Mexico Activities Association Foundation supports high school students who participate in athletic and activities programs throughout New Mexico.

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Scholarships

As an important community resource, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico connects “donors to needs.” The Foundation supports various organizations in their charitable work. The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico is home to 35 scholarships and three annual grant cycles.

Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarships

The Albuquerque Community Foundation offers several scholarships for residents of specific counties and specific areas of study for current college students and graduating high schoolers. 

FAFSA guide

On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. New Mexico students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

Frequently asked questions about New Mexico scholarships

How do you qualify for the Opportunity Scholarship in New Mexico?

The scholarship is open to New Mexico residents who are first-time degree-seekers with a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher.

Does New Mexico have free college?

New Mexico offers a number of scholarships, including the Opportunity Scholarship and the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, that allow the majority of New Mexico students to attend college tuition-free.
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