Governor announces plan to make college free for state residents

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to make tuition free for all in-state resident students at all public colleges in New Mexico. The governor announced her plan at a news conference Wednesday morning. The new program, called the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, would provide 100% of tuition and fees for state residents with a high school diploma or equivalency. The scholarship would cover any tuition and fees not paid for by the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship, which requires a 2.5 GPA. The money would come from legislative appropriations, with an estimated cost of $25 to $35 million. The plan still needs to be approved by the state legislature. New Mexico would be the second state in the country to establish tuition-free college.