New Mexico Reciprocal Tuition Scholarship

Terms and Conditions for Initial Award in 2013-14

Minimum Eligibility for Award
Student is admitted as a first-time freshman in a Fall or Spring semester, has a CCHE Admission Index of 100 or higher, is a permanent  resident of New Mexico, and is college level in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Or
Student is admitted as a transfer student in a Fall or Spring Semester with a cumulative college grade point average of 3.0 or higher, has not previously earned a baccalaureate degree from Fort Lewis College or a previous institution, is a permanent resident of New Mexico, and is college-level in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Restriction of Award
The award is restricted to Fort Lewis College tuition expenses. 

Annual Award Amount
The award amount is calculated annually after publication of the Tuition & Fees Schedule by subtracting the gross tuition for resident students enrolled in 12-18 credits from the tuition for nonresident students enrolled in 12-18 credits.

Award Length
Renewable up to 120 earned credits or eight consecutive Fall and Spring semesters, whichever comes first.

Adjustment of Award  
Students may be excluded from this scholarship or have their scholarship reduced if they are receiving other tuition benefits.  

  • Students may not receive more than one institutional tuition merit scholarship.  In such cases, the tuition merit scholarship with the highest dollar value will be awarded.
  • Faculty and staff receiving the Employee Tuition Waiver are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Students receiving full tuition benefits from an outside agency are excluded from this scholarship.
  • Students who receive partial tuition benefits from Fort Lewis College because they are a dependent child or spouse of an employee or because they are receiving tuition benefits from an outside agency will received a reduced scholarship award, up to the cost of tuition.

Anytime new information is received by Fort Lewis College pertinent to the criteria for this scholarship or relevant to the principles for scholarship exclusion or reduction, the Office of Financial Aid will adjust a student’s scholarship award.  This includes, but is not limited to, discovery that a student has an earned baccalaureate degree, notification of award of outside tuition benefits, and qualification for the Native American Tuition Waiver.

Disbursement of Annual Award
The annual award is disbursed in two equal payments in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Disbursement Requirements  

  • Prior to first disbursement -- Proof of lawful presence in the United States as defined in Colorado Revised Statutes 24-76.5-103.
  • Prior to Spring disbursement for students who received a Fall disbursement – A minimum Fall term grade point average on college-level work greater than 0.0 and completion in Fall term of at least 1 college-level credit.  Completed credits are defined as those with an earned grade of A, B, C, D, P, or S.
  • Prior to every semester’s disbursement -- Enrollment in a minimum of 12 credits by Census Date.
  • Prior to every semester’s disbursement – Determination that student is enrolled in Fort Lewis College courses that incur Fort Lewis College tuition charges.

How Award is Applied
The award is applied automatically to the Fort Lewis College tuition bill by the Office of Student Billing & Cashiering.

Time of Evaluation for Renewal
Regardless of whether the scholarship was received in the Fall and Spring semesters or just the Spring semester, the student will be evaluated for renewal at the end of the Spring semester.  

Renewal Criteria
To be renewed for the next academic year, assuming student has not exceeded the length of the award, the student must upon evaluation after Spring grades:

  • For all students --  Have a minimum cumulative grade point average in college-level work of 2.0;
    and
  • For students receiving scholarship in Fall and Spring semesters -- Have completed 30 credits in  college-level courses at Fort Lewis College. Completed credits are defined as those with an earned grade of A, B, C, D, P, or S.   Credits earned through credit-by-exam do not count toward the 30-credit minimum.
  • For students receiving scholarship in Spring semester only -- Have completed 15 credits in college-level courses at Fort Lewis College. Completed credits are defined as those with an earned grade of A, B, C, D, P, or S.   Credits earned through credit-by-exam do not count toward the 15-credit minimum.

Cancellation Policy
The scholarship will be cancelled if the student:

  • Does not accept the award by May 1 (for students beginning in the following Fall semester) or December 15 (for students beginning in the following Spring semester), excepting in situations where a deferment has been granted by the Office of Admission & Advising);
  • Does not meet disbursement criteria;
  • Does not attend continuously during the length of the award;
  • Does not meet renewal criteria;
  • Exceeds length of award.

Appeal of Cancellation
Students may appeal cancellation for not meeting disbursement criteria, not attending continuously, not meeting renewal criteria, and exceeding the length of award based on specified grounds.

Click here for grounds for appeal, appeal procedures, and deadlines.

Appeal for Reinstatement of Scholarship Due to Loss of Outside Tuition Benefits
Students who were excluded from this scholarship or received a reduced award because of other tuition benefits, who subsequently lose those benefits, may appeal for reinstatement of the scholarship or for reinstatement of a higher scholarship amount.

Click here for grounds for appeal, appeal procedures, and deadlines.

Questions
Please direct all questions about this scholarship to the Office of Admission & Advising at 970-247-7184 or scholarships@fortlewis.edu.

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