Some students, parents prepare for less HOPE

By Laura Diamond and Nancy Badertscher The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia families depending…

Georgia (Mar 15, 2011) — By Laura Diamond and Nancy Badertscher


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Georgia families depending on the state’s lottery-funded scholarship to send their children to college will either have to find more money or hope their kids clear a higher bar for full tuition.

House Bill 326, based on a Deal proposal, also eliminates money for books and fees and cuts other benefits to keep the lottery-funded program from going broke. Under the new rules, which go into effect this fall, many students and families will have a larger out-of-pocket expense for college.

Some students fear they may be priced out of college. They are applying for jobs and reconsidering double majors and study abroad because of the cost. Parents are reviewing their finances to see what more they can contribute. Some have encouraged their children to take easier high school classes to boost their grades to a 3.7 grade-point average to qualify for a new full-tuition scholarship. …

Kerwin Swint, a Kennesaw State University political science professor, said many people likely saw the changes coming, given the bad shape of state budgets across the country. Still, he said the public was assured that HOPE would be there.

"It is still a positive and something to be proud of when comparing Georgia to other states," Swint said. "But the worry on the part of most folks now is that the dragging economy and tight budgets will continue to eat away at it until it becomes negligible."


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