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New Mexico plans to offer free college to state residents


Added 09-18-19 12:18:07pm EST - “The governor of New Mexico is expected to unveil on Wednesday an ambitious plan to pay for tuition at the state's two- and four-year public colleges, according to a report. The program, which would?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “New Mexico plans to offer free college to state residents”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The governor of New Mexico is expected to unveil on Wednesday an ambitious plan to pay for tuition at the state’s two- and four-year public colleges, according to a report.

The program, which would apply to state residents regardless of their income, is slated to be announced by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham but still needs legislative approval, the New York Times reported early Wednesday.

The state plans to use rising revenue from its oil refineries to cover the bulk of costs for the program, which would not cover living expenses. Funds would also only be made available to students upon exhausting pools of resources from existing state aid programs and federal grants, the Times reports.

To be eligible, students who recently graduated from high schools or equivalency programs must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average. The program would also be available to all residents regardless of immigration status – in contrast to other states like Georgia where access to public college is denied to unauthorized immigrants, according to the report.

If put into effect, the program is expected help roughly 55,000 students annually, with costs ranging from $25 million to $35 million per year, the deputy secretary of New Mexico’s Higher Education Department said.

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