Gov. Nathan Deal Proposes Lowering HOPE Grant Requirements

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By: Kara Duffy
February 11, 2013

Thomasville, GA - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has announced a new proposal to lower the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant.

The HOPE Grant is awarded to students in the technical college system.

Right now, the GPA requirement is a 3.0, but Deal hopes to change it to 2.0, which would allow more students to qualify for the grant.

Folks at Southwest Georgia Technical College say if the proposal is passed, it would not only be beneficial for current students, but also for future students.

"A lot of technical college students are working and going to school, so they're trying to balance education, along with personal responsibilities, so the amount that we can lessen with financial responsibilities, it benefits them in the long run," said Laura Kelly, the financial aid coordinator at SWGTC.

School officials say by lowering the GPA requirement, it would also give students who lost their grant because of grades, a chance to re-apply and complete their classes.