New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship

The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship provides tuition and fee assistance for students enrolled in 2-year programs, including credit-bearing certificate or associate degree programs in a public institution of higher education or Tribal College in New Mexico.

The Opportunity Scholarship is awarded during the Fall and Spring terms only.

Note: We are waiting on official guidance from NMHED for the Opportunity Scholarship for the 2022-2023 year. You can visit the New Mexico Higher Education Department website for more information. 


  • Be 18 years of age or older (or eligible to receive the NM Lottery Scholarship) at time of enrollment
  • Be a resident of New Mexico
  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credit hours) in a credit-bearing 2-year program
  • Complete a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or another form of income verification if you are not able to submit a FAFSA. Please email the income verification form to  
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) beginning with the first semester receiving the scholarship and continue to make Satisfactory Academic Progress. 
  • Opportunity awards will be based on Pell eligibility or demonstrated need 


  • Recent high school graduates and returning adult learners can receive this scholarship. You may also be eligible if you are currently enrolled in good standing and otherwise meet eligibility requirements.
  • A 2-year degree is a strong investment in the future. Individuals who complete associate degrees develop competitive skills and earn higher wages than those with high school degrees.
  • The scholarship begins in the Fall 2020 semester. The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship will cover remaining tuition and fees after all other state funding has been applied. 
  • The New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship will be awarded to students who meet the eligibility requirements. 

How much does the Opportunity cover?

The Opportunity Scholarship covers any gap in tuition and fees owed by a student after other forms of state aid, such as the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, are applied. If a student does not qualify for other forms of state aid, the Opportunity Scholarship can be used to cover the full cost of tuition and fees. 

Probationary Status

You can apply for probationary status if you can't meet the Opportunity Scholarship requirements because of an exceptional mitigating circumstance beyond your control. Fill out the Request for Probationary Status form, attach the required documentation, then submit to Scholarship Services for review.