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No. Eligibility for the Lottery Scholarship is determined by college attendance hours and college GPA. 

No. The Lottery Scholarship applies only to tuition costs. 

The amount of tuition covered by the scholarship will vary each academic year based on annual state legislation. Please contact the institution that you plan to attend to find out what amount of tuition will be covered by this scholarship. 

The lottery scholarship is available to SFCC students in fall and spring terms.  It is not available for the summer semester.

Yes.  You may be eligible for other financial aid programs. The Financial Aid Division encourages all students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov/.

To qualify for the NM Lottery Scholarship at SFCC, you must complete your qualifying semester of 12 credit hours or more (full-time at SFCC) with a 2.5 GPA.  Students with a Disability Waiver must complete 6-12 credit hours with a 2.5 GPA. When you successfully complete the qualifying semester, you will be awarded the NM Lottery Scholarship the very next semester. 

To establish eligibility for the NM Lottery scholarship at SFCC, a student must complete their qualifying semester within sixteen months of high school graduation or completion of a high school equivalency credential.  The SFCC qualifying semester is triggered when a student enrolls in 12 or more credit hours during that 16-month period.   For example, if you enroll in 6 credit hours in fall 2021 after graduation and 12 credit hours the following spring, spring 2022 will be your qualifying semester.

No. You can attend 6-11 credit hours as long as you visit with Accessibility Services to get a disability waiver.  Starting with your qualifying semester, a disability waiver must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office before the end of the third week each semester.

You are eligible for the NM Lottery for three semesters at a 2-year college and an additional four semesters at a 4-year college.  If you are working under a disability waiver, you have 14 consecutive semesters of part-time enrollment with no more than seven semesters at a 2-year college.    

No.  The Lottery Scholarship may only be received at a public post-secondary educational institution within New Mexico. 

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