ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - College students are weighing in on the threat to the lottery scholarship program after revelations that it's in more serious trouble that first thought.
In its new report New Mexico Voices for Children estimates that only about $300,000 will be left for scholarships by the end of the current budget year next June. The way things are now, the fund needs $50 million a year to cover students who qualify.
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To this point lawmakers have failed to make any changes that would save the fund.
Students KRQE News 13 talked to believe the scholarship should be given based on performance instead of financial need.
"I think it should be based on grades mostly because people with financial need do usually qualify for Pell grants and such, and I know that's such a huge help to them because I've seen lots of people on that," Shelby Arndt said.
The current grade-point average standard for the lottery scholarship is a 2.5. Legislators have talked about increasing that to 2.75.
Legislators did pass a senate memorial to start a group to look at ways of saving the lottery scholarship program.
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