New Mexico has announced plans for a free college

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the governor of New Mexico, announced on Wednesday a plan to make tuition free for all residents of the state's 29 public colleges and universities, regardless of their income, for the first time in the United States.

The governor's office says the program will help about 55,000 students and will begin the fall semester of 2020. The New York Times first exposes the news of the ambitious plan, pointing out that the proposal still needs to be approved by the state legislature, which is currently controlled by the Grisham Democrats.

The governor said in a statement: "The plan is the absolute game changer in New Mexico." "In the short term, we will see a better enrollment rate and a better student success rate. In the long run, we will see improved economic growth and improved incomes for workers, families and parents in New Mexico.”

Unlike New York State's tuition-free program, which requires a student's family income to be less than $125,000, the program is known as the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship, which will be free for students at all income levels. Like the limited programs of other states, New Mexico plans to provide funding in the form of a "last " scholarship - which means that they can only fill the gap after other aid is applied.

Although some states do provide tuition subsidies for two-year community colleges in some cases, the four-year public schools offered by New Mexico to all students are unique.

Such comprehensive coverage could make New Mexico more mature than other states. According to the New York Times, about 65% of undergraduates are among the most needed students in the United States. In addition, the tuition fees are lower than the national average, making the plan more feasible. For example, the current admission fee for in-state residents is $7,556.

In a sense, Grisham's plan is similar to that of New York: it can't pay for everything but tuition. For example, New Mexico residents may receive tuition-free education, but they still have to pay for secondary (but important) schools fees, such as accommodation, books and equipment.

This shortage may still require students to borrow student loans in New Mexico, albeit for a small amount. According to the Institute for College Access & Success, about 54% of the state's graduates from 2016 to 2017 have an average education debt of $21,237.

These are some more detailed information about the New Mexico State Plan:

According to the New York Times, this will be open to all high school graduates recently, including undocumented immigrants.

Adults returning to community colleges are also eligible for assistance.

This is part of the "last money" because students run out of federal grant programs and existing New Mexico grant programs before investing in the new fund.

Students must also register and maintain an average university score of 2.5 or higher in order to receive assistance each year.

New Mexico plans to use the state's oil production revenue to pay for the program (estimated at between $25 million and $35 million per year).

Nationally, free universities for all have become a presidential campaign mantra. Competitors Bernie Sanders (BV) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) both unveiled free college advice on the track. Other hopefuls weighed in.

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