Out-of-State Freshmen

ENMU offers academic scholarships of up to $3,000 per year for first-time freshmen based on national ACT or SAT scores. That’s up to $12,000 over four years! Review the scholarship information on this page to see what you might qualify for. Keep in mind any scholarship you receive might affect your eligibility for other financial aid. Be sure to communicate with your admissions recruiter and a financial aid advisor to find out what scholarships might be best for you. Scholarships are distributed over two semesters, fall and spring.

Continuation Criteria

Some scholarships, like the Freshman Academic Scholarship shown below, will continue to award you money for a number of semesters as long as you maintain a certain GPA while taking a certain number of courses. Your GPA and course load requirements to maintain the scholarship are referred to as "Continuation Criteria" and are shown below for each scholarship or waiver.

Freshman Academic Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$3,000 per academic year (Tuition waivers are awarded separately.)

Application deadline: for priority consideration, apply by Aug. 1 for fall and Jan. 3 for spring. Applications may be considered until two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. In order for us to be able to process your scholarship application, you should apply for admission first, because you won't be eligible to receive an Admissions Scholarship until you are admitted to ENMU.

ACT/SAT ScoreAnnual AwardContinuation
30+/1320+ $3,000 up to four years
29/1280-1319 $2,400 up to four years
28/1240-1279 $2,400 up to four years
27/1210-1239 $1,800 up to four years
26/1170-1209 $1,800 up to four years
25/1130-1169 $1,500 up to four years
24/1090-1129 $1,500 up to four years
23/1060-1089 $1,200 up to four years
22/1020-1059 $1,200 up to four years
21/980-1019 $1,000 for first year
20/940-979 $1,000 for first year

Continuation:

Renew this scholarship for a total of eight consecutive semesters if you have an ACT score of 22 or higher, or SAT of 1020 or higher and:

  • Complete 15 hours per semester with a 3.0 GPA your first year.
  • Complete 15 hours per semester with a 3.2 GPA every year thereafter.

Renew this scholarship for a total of two semesters (fall and spring of your freshman year) if you have an ACT score of 20-21 or an SAT score of 940-1019 and:

  • Complete 15 hours each semester with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Note: you can take 3 of the 15 hours required for continuation from the Roswell or Ruidoso campus with the remaining hours taken from the Portales campus.

Application deadline: for priority consideration, apply by Aug. 1 for fall and Jan. 3 for spring. Applications may be considered until two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. In order for us to be able to process your scholarship application, you should apply for admission first, because you won't be eligible to receive an Admissions Scholarship until you are admitted to ENMU.

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Freshman Competitive Waiver

Amount: waives the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

Requirements: 3.5 cumulative high school GPA and a 20 ACT or 940 SAT score; or 3.0 cumulative high school GPA paired with a 23 ACT or 1060 SAT score.

Continuation: if you complete at least 12 hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA each semester, you are eligible to receive this scholarship for a total of eight semesters

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Colorado Scholar Tuition Waiver

Amount: waives the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition

Eligibility: be a Colorado resident and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 20 ACT or 940 SAT score

Continuation: may be renewed up to eight semesters with 2.5 GPA and 12 credit hours each semester

Application deadline: for priority consideration, apply by Aug. 1 for fall and Jan. 3 for spring. Applications may be considered until two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. In order for us to be able to process your scholarship application, you should apply for admission first, because you won't be eligible to receive an Admissions Scholarship until you are admitted to ENMU.

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Arizona Undergraduate Out-of-State Waiver

Amount: waives the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition (Colorado Scholar and Texas 135-Mile scholarships awarded separately, see below.)

Application deadline: for priority consideration, apply by Aug. 1 for fall and Jan. 3 for spring. Applications may be considered until two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. In order for us to be able to process your scholarship application, you should apply for admission first, because you won't be eligible to receive an Admissions Scholarship until you are admitted to ENMU. You must apply every year you wish to receive this scholarship.

Listed below are the priorities in which the applications will be reviewed:

  • Priority l: Returning ENMU student on the waiver with a cumulative ENMU GPA of 2.5
  • Priority II: New transfer students with a minimum 2.5 GPA from Pima, Cochise, Eastern Arizona, Northland Pioneer, Central Arizona community colleges
  • Priority III: Arizona resident, first-time freshman: 2.5 cumulative high school GPA and a 20 ACT or 940 SAT score or transfer: 2.5 college GPA
  • Priority IV: Returning ENMU student on the waiver with less than a 2.5 but no less than a 2.0 GPA

Eligibility: be an Arizona resident with a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher

Continuation: may be renewed up to four consecutive semesters or receipt of degree (whichever comes first) if you complete at least 12 hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

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Texas 135-Mile Tuition Waiver

Amount: waives the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition

Eligibility: live within 135 miles of ENMU-Portales, renewal is automatic and is not based on GPA or number of hours taken.

Application deadline: there is no application required for this waiver, it will be automatically applied to your account if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Learn more about Texas 135 Tuition Waiver >

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange program is designed to allow students from selected states to attend ENMU at a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. To qualify for the WUE, you must be a resident of one of the following U.S. states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Application deadline: there is no application required for this waiver, it will be automatically applied to your account if you meet the eligibility requirements.

What Happens Now?

  1. So we can process your scholarship application, make sure you send ENMU a copy of your national ACT/SAT scores and your official high school transcript if you have not done so already. To send your scores to ENMU, use the following codes on your ACT or SAT form:
    • ACT: 2636
    • SAT: 4299
  2. Be sure to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the semester begins. You can actually apply online as early as January of your graduating year
  3. Enroll in at least 15 credit hours at the ENMU-Portales campus

For More Information

Enrollment Services
ENMU Station 7
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
800.FOR.ENMU (800.367.3668)
Phone: 575.562.2178
FAX: 575.562.2118

About ENMU, Portales

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