New Mexico governor announces plan to make college tuition-free

The new program, if approved by the state's legislature, would affect an estimated 55,000 New Mexico students across the state’s 29 public institutions of higher education.

Caitlin Lally
September 18, 2019 - 4:04 pm
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SANTA FE, N.M. (KMOX) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday a plan to allow students across the state to attend college for free regardless of financial status.

The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, along with existing state and federal scholarship and grants, will cover 100% of undergraduate tuition and fees for in-state higher education institutions, according to a statement from the governor.

The new program, if approved by the state's legislature, would affect an estimated 55,000 New Mexico students across the state’s 29 public institutions of higher education for the fall 2020 semester, the governor's statement said.

This plan would make New Mexico the second state in the nation to provide full tuition coverage to its residents, the statement mentioned. The first was New York

However, according to the New York TimesNew Mexico's plan goes a step further by offering aid to students whose parents' pockets are deep enough to afford tuition.

"This program is an absolute game-changer for New Mexico,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Higher education in this state, a victim of the recession, has been starved in recent years. We are pivoting to a robust reinvestment in higher learning — specifically and directly in our students. By covering the last dollar of tuition and fees, by making college significantly more accessible to New Mexicans of every income, of every background, of every age, we are putting students first. We are creating meaningful opportunity for all."

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