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The Lobo First-Year Promise

The University of New Mexico is committed to ensuring that residents of the State entering college for the first time can afford to pursue a bachelor’s degree. As a world-class university and leader in higher education, UNM is proud to announce The Lobo First-Year Promise for Fall 2020.

The Promise

Qualified first-time freshmen who have graduated from a New Mexico high school and have an annual family income of $50,000—roughly the state’s median family income—or less will have base tuition and fees for full-time enrollment covered for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Lobo First-Year Promise is intended to reassure academically-talented students and their families in New Mexico that a university education is possible.

This is the first institutional-specific program of its kind in the state and we are proud to make the commitment to our residents with the greatest financial need. Our promise is to support first-time students’ college enrollment as we anticipate future expansion of The Opportunity Scholarship at The University of New Mexico.

How to Receive The Lobo First-Year Promise

A priority date of April 30 for completion of admission and financial aid applications ensures that qualified students will receive The Lobo First-Year Promise. Base tuition and fees will be covered by a combination of federal, state and/or institutional grant and scholarship sources.

Full eligibility details are below:

  • Be a New Mexico resident and a graduate of a New Mexico high school within the past sixteen (16) months.
  • Be admitted to UNM for Fall 2020 and attend as a first time full time freshman.
  • Enroll full-time in and complete a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours in both fall and spring during the 2020-21 academic year and earn a 2.50 or greater GPA.
  • Have a family income of $50,000 or less.
  • Submit the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and all required official admissions documentation (application for admission, transcripts, test scores) by April 30.

Frequently Asked Questions

The University of New Mexico is committed to providing students from all economic backgrounds in New Mexico with the opportunity to attend a four-year university. Finances should not be a barrier to getting an education. The Lobo First-Year Promise guarantees 100% of its available resources to cover the cost of tuition and fees for qualified incoming first-year residents of the State.

The Lobo First-Year Promise eligibility includes:

  • Have a family income of $50,000 or less.
  • Be a New Mexico resident and a graduate of a New Mexico high school within the past sixteen (16) months prior to start of Fall 2020.
  • Be admitted to UNM for Fall 2020 and attending a college for the first-time (excluding dual credit earned while in high school.)
  • Enroll full-time in a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours in both fall and spring during the 2020-21 academic year and earn a 2.50 or greater GPA.
  • Submit the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) all required official admissions documentation (application for admission, transcripts, test scores) by April 30.

Awards began fall semester 2020.

Students who meet all other requirements and begin enrollment in the summer prior to the fall semester will be eligible to participate in The Lobo First-Year Promise program.

Tuition will be covered by a combination of federal, state and/or institutional grant sources and scholarships, including those provided by private donations raised through the UNM Foundation.

New students meeting eligibility requirements are automatically considered for participation in The Lobo First-Year Promise by applying for admission and completing the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 30.

Be sure to list The University of New Mexico (federal code #002663) as one of the colleges or universities to receive the results of your FAFSA. More information about the FAFSA is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

The only citizenship requirement is to be resident of New Mexico. For New Mexico residents that are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, we ask that you complete the State Aid Application online directly with UNM Student Financial Aid Office.

Each year, The University of New Mexico awards more than $122 million in scholarship and grant aid to the majority of our undergraduates. If you don’t qualify for The Lobo First-Year Promise, we still have grant, scholarship, work-study and loan funds that may be offered to help cover your costs.

The resources that make up The Lobo First-Year Promise (federal, state and institutional grant sources and scholarships, including those provided by private donations raised through the UNM Foundation) are all available to current students. Most current students who meet the criteria for the program will receive the same support as students entering Fall 2020.

The one difference is that The Lobo First-Year Promise commitment formally applies to first-year students entering Fall 2020. The University of New Mexico remains committed to helping all students who demonstrate need.

The Lobo First-Year Promise is being implemented only at the UNM Main campus for the 2020-21 academic year. Students applying to any of our two-year UNM Branch Campuses (Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and Valencia), will be able to utilize the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.

No. Dual credit during high school does not impact your ability to qualify for the First Year Promise.