About Adult Education

Adult Education is free!

All Adult Basic Education programs provide services free of charge to the community.  Students pay no tuition, and all books and necessary materials are provided.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality participatory leadership, services, support, and technical expertise to Adult Basic Education program personnel, students, partners and communities.

What is Adult Education?

Adult Education is a Higher Education Department program serving adults 16 years of age and older who function below the high-school completion level. The emphasis is on:

  • Reading
  • Numeracy
  • English Literacy

Who attends Adult Education classes?

  • Unemployed and employed adults
  • Adults on public assistance
  • Adults with disabilities
  • Incarcerated adults

The need for Adult Education

Of the 1.1 million adults over age 25 in New Mexico, over 240,000 have not finished high school. Another 162,000 do not speak English or do not speak English well. More than 400,000 adults cannot fully participate in family, work, and community opportunities and would benefit from ABE services, yet our programs only serve about 23,000 per year, or 6% of the eligible population.

For more information, visit the NMHED/Adult Basic Education Division web pages.


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