Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Study Flunks Plan To Stretch Scholarships.(New Mexico)

Byline: Scott Sandlin Journal Staff Writer

Decline in Lottery Students Predicted

Making college juniors have a B average to keep their Lottery Success Scholarships won't save enough money to offset rapidly rising costs of the popular program, according to a state study.

In fact, the analysis presented Friday to the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education found that four-year institutions could expect to lose between 23 and 38 percent of the affected lottery scholarship students if such a rule were implemented.

The University of New Mexico estimated it would lose 569 students, or 30 percent of those affected. At New Mexico State University, raising the standard would cut 154 students, or nearly 24 percent of those eligible. …

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