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New Mexico Residents

New Mexico residents qualify for a variety of financial aid assistance and scholarships. These include the NM True rate, the Luciano “Lucky” Varela Opportunity Scholarship, and the General Richard T. Knowles Legislative Scholarship.

New Mexico students that do not receive the NM True rate qualify for a reduced, In-State tuition. This applies to dependents of active duty or honorably discharged veterans of the US Armed Forces, Sponsored Academy Preps, Contracted SROTC Cadets, and AGA athletes.

For more information visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships page or our Admissions Process page.

New Mexico Residents

Free Tuition Available for Qualified New Mexico High School Residents

New Mexico resident High School Students have an increase in benefits from the General Richard T. Knowles Legislative Scholarship which provides the remaining balance needed to attend NMMI for the academic year 2024/2025.

The Knowles Scholarship benefit will be adjusted for the needs of each NM resident HS student and not a simple flat fee. All other scholarships will be applied first. The Knowles Scholarship requires new cadets to have a2.0 GPA or higher. Old cadets are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA and a “C” or higher in deportment (corps grade). All cadets who wish to be a part of the Knowles Scholarship program must apply (Legislative Application).

New Mexico Residents

Submit An Online Application

High School Experience

NMMI’s high school program is designed as a college preparatory course of study with small classroom sizes and a 12:1 cadet to faculty ratio. NMMI offers a dual track and scholars programs for high school students. Students may also participate in our Colt athletic teams and numerous extracurricular activities.


NMMI’s junior college program provides a comprehensive education for an associate of arts or an associate of science degree. Nationally ranked as the #1 boarding school for teachers with advanced degrees, 98% of NMMI’s faculty hold a masters degree or doctorate. Students may participate in our Division 1 Bronco athletic teams and numerous extracurricular activities.

Academy Prep Program

NMMI participates as a receiving school for the service academy preparatory programs. We are one of the programs used by the Merchant Marine Academy, the Naval Academy Foundation, West Point Preparatory Scholarship Program, Air Force Falcon Foundation, and the US Coast Guard Academy because of our excellent academic, physical, and leadership preparation. For more information visit our Service Academy Prep page.


NMMI’s Early Commissioning Program (ECP) is a U.S. Army ROTC program that commissions officers in the reserve components (National Guard or Reserve) in two years, instead of the usual four. For more information visit our ROTC page.