LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A New Mexico lawmaker is trying to help students pay for college by expanding the lottery scholarship during the upcoming legislative session.
A new bill would allow students to be able to wait up two years after graduating from a New Mexico high school before attending college.
"I would have rather taken a year or a semester off to get my bearings see what I wanted to do see if I wanted to go to college," said Luke Smith, an accounting student at New Mexico State University.
The current law requires students attend college the following semester after graduation.
The scholarship would pay tuition for full-time students maintaing a 2.5 GPA at any high learning institution in the state.
"Maybe a six month type thing," said Rebecca Estrada of the proposed time after graduation. "Two years down the road, what if that person doesn't have the initiative anymore."
The legislative session open Tuesday.