GETTING MORE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP MONEY THAN THEY THOUGHT. THE STATE JUST SENT OUT A LETTER TO COLLEGES REVEALING THE GOOD NEWS. NEWS 13 )S ELENA MENDOZA WITH WHAT IT MEANS FOR EVERYONE. LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS AROUND THE STATE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN EASIER TIME COMING UP WITH TUITION FOR THE FALL SEMESTER. Luke Bussen/Lottery Scholarship Recipient “When I got here, you know, every body was saying you gotta be careful, don )t count on the lottery, it )s going to go down.” E-N-M-U JUNIOR LUKE BUSSEN SAYS (WITHOUT THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP, PAYING FOR MOST OF HIS TUITION — WOULD HAVE BEEN A HUGE BURDEN ON HIS FAMILY AND HIM. Luke Bussen/Lottery Scholarship Recipient”With the lottery scholarship contributing, I )ve been able to come here without taking out a loan so, no student debt.” FOR YEARS THE SCHOLARSHIP PAID 100 PERCENT OF A STUDENTS ) TUITION Dr. Jeff Elwell/President, ENMU Portales “Because of budget cuts and other reasons, tuition went up drop and it went down to roughly 60 percent of cost.” IN JANUARY — THE LEGISLATURE SET FIXED LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIPS DEPENDING ON THE SCHOOL — FIFTEEN HUNDRED A SEMESTER FOR STUDENTS AT UNM … STATE AND TECH. A THOUSAND A SEMESTER AT FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS LIKE EASTERN AND WESTERN. BUT THE STATE JUST SENT THIS LETTER TO COLLEGES — LETTING THEM KNOW BECAUSE OF FEWER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS … HIGHER LOTTERY REVENUES AND A FOUR-MILLION DOLLAR BOOST LAWMAKERS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET — SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNTS WILL GO UP NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. UNM STUDENTS WILL GET AN EXTRA EIGHT-HUNDRED DOLLARS A SEMESTER — AT E-N-MU THEY GET AN EXTRA 560. Luke Bussen/Lottery Scholarship Recipient”I would )ve been totally just elated to hear that it was staying the same, but to hear that it )s going up is amazing.” BUT ENMU )S PRESIDENT WONDERS IF THE ANNOUNCEMENT HAS COME TOO LATE FOR SOME STUDENTS. Dr. Jeff Elwell/President, ENMU Portales “It )s a bad thing in a way – so many students have decided to leave the state to get their higher education.” IN PORTALES, ELENA MENDOZA, KRQE NEWS 13. THIS MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. THE LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP WAS ONLY GOING TO COVER 55-PERCENT OF UNM )S TUITION — NOW IT WILL BE 85- PERCENT. WE )VE PUT THE LETTER ON OUR WEB SITE — AT ALWAYS ON KRQE-DOT-COM. YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE SCHOLARSHIP BOOST IS FOR EVERY TYPE OF SCHOOL.