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3:47 pm
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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