Scholarships and Financial Aid
The New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarships -Through the Lottery Success Scholarship Program, every New Mexico high school graduate (or GED recipient) who wants to attend a New Mexico public college or university can get their tuition paid as a result of profits from the New Mexico Lottery. This site explains the features of the program and how to qualify.
Albuquerque Community Foundation Scholarships - The Albuquerque Community Foundation has nine scholarship programs and one financial aid program to help New Mexico residents attain their educational goals. Application information on all scholarship programs is sent to all eligible New Mexico high schools and many of New Mexico's colleges and universities in September of each year. Please check with your high school guidance counselor or college financial aid department for information and application forms.
New Mexico Higher Education Websites:
- Eastern New Mexico University
- New Mexico Highlands University
- New Mexico Tech
- New Mexico State University
- University of New Mexico
- Western New Mexico University
New Mexico Student Loans - The goal of New Mexico Student Loans is to assist parents and students in completing and filing for financial aid. Also included is a list of frequently asked questions about financial aid and how Financial Aid Workshops held at the high schools will, “Increase your students' odds for success,” by providing accurate and up-to-date information.
Education Quest - Learn how to write a resume and how to figure out the financial aid process. They will help you with scholarships as well! Best of all, their help is free! They do cater to Nebraska students but most of the information is applicable to any state.
Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - FAFSA opens the door to the federal student aid process. Every step you take will get you closer to achieving your educational goals. Find out what you can expect from beginning to end.
Completing the FAFSA – This is an introductory publication for students which provide instructions on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) either online or on paper. You can download this publication in English or Spanish.
College Admissions US - You'll find college rankings here and reminders to fill out the FAFSA, take the ACT, etc.
Common Application - Many colleges accept this common online application for admission. If you don't have an application that you need in a hurry, this is an option you may want to consider.
Students.Gov - Links to general info about the major federal student aid programs and other federal, state, and private sources of aid.
Student Guide - The Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
College Guidance Consultants -- Provides information on scholarships to pay for college. It enables parents and students to have acess to a vast database of scolarships from many sources. The information is current and easy to use.
Fast Web – This site claims to have over 600,000 scholarships that are worth over 1 billion dollars.
FreSch! – This site has a database of over 5,000 organizations and foundations that offer scholarships, representing approximately 450,000 awards.
The Scholarship Page - This scholarship search site was developed by a student to help other students who needed to find scholarship money to fund their education.
College Net - The database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion. Keyword Search gives you a quick way to narrow down to a particular scholarship or group of scholarships.
Go College.Com – They claim to have the largest scholarship database in the country
Wired Scholar – This site has a sections specifically designed for parents, students and counselor on financial aid and scholarships.
Fast Aid - This site claims to be the oldest and largest private sector scholarship database with over 20 years of research and constantly being updated.
Hispanic College Fund – This is a great site for Hispanic students and parents. It includes a survey that investigates Latino attitudes toward education and education issues, a scholarship database and information on how to avoid scams.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is proud to be the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education and is committed to providing opportunities for Hispanic students.
The Gates Millennium Scholarship – These scholarships are awarded to minority students. Check out the website for more information.
International Education Fund - International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) scholarship search is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
EduPass – A guide to help international students learn how to go to and pay for college in the United States.
What is the New Mexico Scholars Initiative?
New Mexico Scholars initiative is an effort made by business and community volunteers to encourage you to complete challenging courses during high school that will prepare you for jobs and/or higher education after graduation.
The NM Scholars Course of Study gives you the foundation you need to succeed in a technical school, community college, university, the military and the workforce.
What is the New Mexico Scholars Course of Study?
To graduate with the NM Scholars designation, you must successfully complete each course below with a C or better and have accumulative GPA of a 2.5
- 4 credits in English
- 3 credits in math (Algebra , geometry, Algebra 2)
- 3 credits in basic lab science (biology, chemistry, physics)
- 3.5 credits in social studies (chosen from U.S. and world history, geography, economics, and government)
- 2 credits in the same foreign language
*There are other courses that meet the New Mexico course of study standards-See your counselors for more information.
Why become a New Mexico Scholar?
Graduating as a NM Scholar means that you will:
- Acquires advanced academic skills
- Develop sound decision making and critical thinking skills
- Be prepared for college and reduce the likelihood of needing remedial courses
- Be a stronger candidate for certain types of financial aid and scholarships
- Have enhanced opportunities for placement and future advancement with local and international employers
Did you know?
Employers, colleges, universities, and technical schools care about an applicant's overall education, not just a grade-point average. They prefer people who have completed a challenging course of study in high school. They value a C in a hard class more than an A in an easy one. Also, NM Scholars receive special recognition for their academic achievements during high school and upon graduation.
How do students become New Mexico Scholars?
- Review the requirements of your school district's Scholars Course of Study
- Enroll in and pass all courses
- Tell your parents, teachers, and school counselors that you want to graduate as a NM Scholar
- Graduate from high school