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Thu January 30, 2014
New Mexico Legislature Faces Tough Decision On Lottery Scholarships
New Mexico legislators are considering a wide range of options for shoring up the state's lottery-financed scholarship program.
To help lawmakers in their decision-making, the Higher Education Department has provided the Legislature with an analysis of how students would be affected by possible changes in scholarship eligibility, such as giving a priority to students from low-income families or requiring a higher grade point average to qualify. The agency isn't recommending what should be done, however.
A state task force couldn't agree this fall on a proposal to recommend to lawmakers.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Senate Education Committee reviewed possible program changes.
The scholarships cover tuition for New Mexico high school graduates attending a public college in the state and maintaining a certain grade point average.
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