Santa Fe, NM –Today, the House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee passed a bill to add a needs-based qualification to the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. House Bill 146, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Sariñana (D-Albuquerque), expands access to higher education for low-income students by adding financial need as a qualification for the Lottery Scholarship. 

“Expanding access to higher education is key to preparing our future workforce,” said Rep. Debbie Sariñana. “We know college can transform the lives of New Mexico students, and it’s vital that we make it affordable and accessible. Unfortunately, the cost of higher education continues to rise, and the lottery scholarship amount isn’t keeping pace.  That means fewer low-income students can afford college.  Not having the financial means to afford college should not disqualify students from attending.”

House Bill 146 now heads to the House Education Committee.