University of New Mexico follow-up:
Daughter is receiving the in-state tuition rate at the university of New Mexico but also just received notice about an extra $2,500 for freshman year. We called to ask if it was financial aid, but it was not–it was merit on top of the in state rate. Said it was intended to off-set housing costs for freshman year because they are required to live on campus.
We are beyond happy. So the tuition is less than $8,000/yr AND an extra $2,500. We don’t see anything on the university’s website about it, but daughter saw a post on Facebook from another kid about getting the same extra award.
There’s this: http://admissions.unm.edu/costs-financial-aid/index.html Daughter has 23 ACT if that matters.