Created: 01/30/2014 9:14 AM
By: The Associated Press
SANTA FE (AP) - New Mexico legislators now have a slew of recommendations for action to shore up the state's lottery-financed scholarship program.
A Higher Education Department's task force is recommending steps that include raising the minimum grade-point average, giving priority to students from low-income families and cutting the covered tuition by one semester.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports those are among options presented to the Senate Education Committee.
The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for New Mexico high school graduates who attend a public college or university in the state and maintain a certain grade point average.
The program is running short of money because tuition increases and demand for scholarships are growing faster than lottery revenue.
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