[UPDATE] Deal Signs HOPE Scholarship Changes Into Law

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

[UPDATE] 3-15 12:10pm -- ATLANTA (AP) --

Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law.

Deal signed the bill Tuesday morning at the state Capitol.

The new Republican governor made fixing the landmark scholarship
a centerpiece of his legislative agenda this session. The program
had been set to go broke as lottery proceeds failed to keep pace
with rising tuition and soaring college enrollment.

The new law will slash scholarships to 90 percent for all but
the highest scoring students, though that figure doesn't account
for expected tuition increases. Students who earn a 3.7 GPA and a
1200 on the SAT would still get a full scholarship.

Deal faced a heckler Tuesday who said the changes hurt students
who don't earn top grades.


On Tuesday, Deal unveiled sweeping changes to HOPE, including having at least a 3.7 GPA and 1200 on the SAT to qualify for a full ride to college.

Another change includes eliminating money for books and other university fees.

If passed, many of the changes would go into effect this fall.

"If they take away HOPE or if they raise the GPA then that means I would have to take out more loans, which is money that I have to pay back," said Kimeshia McKenzie, a freshman at VSU. "And I already don't have the funds for that."

Deal is concerned that HOPE would run out of money by 2013, if changes aren't made to the program.

The bill moves to the full House next week for consideration.

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  • by Shannon Location: Peachtree City on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:29 AM
    I agree with Frank. Most things can not be given to us on a silver platter. Once you get into the real world you have to work for your benefits. Same goes for college. Hope is a benefit that most states don't even have. So if they need to strap the benefits back a little to make it last then so be it. I agree that many take advantage of these scholarships and they should make changes there too. However, most who don't have the money should be able to get the Federal Govt. to pay for college in addition to Hope. So unless your going for a four year degree, technical students shouldn't have to get loans.
  • by oldfart Location: tally on Mar 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    Maybe we should start calling the program hope-less.
  • by Anon on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    My personal theory thru my four years of college was "C's get degrees". It worked!
  • by Jess Location: Georgia on Feb 27, 2011 at 03:58 PM
    HOPE has paid my tuition the last two years I have been in college, thankfully. I go to school through out the week and work every weekend. My major has not changed and my GPA is 3.5. I try my hardest to keep it this way, if these changes are accepted I may not be able to pay for my last semester of my degree, it would all be for nothing. May I suggest a GPA of 3.5 be the cap, instead of 3.7...
  • by Kalab on Feb 27, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    How could he try to take away the hope scholarship? that is the only way some people get to go to college and have a successful career. This is absolutely crazy! This will end up hurting our state in the long run. Thanks governor for ruining many people's chance of ever going to college and making something out of their life.
  • by This is wrong!!!!!!!!!!!! on Feb 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    Alot of students depend on the hope scholarship to be able to go to college, If they do this alot of kids want have that chance. It's wrong to take that chance away from them. Parents these days and times don't have the money to send there children to college, So every little bit helps.
  • by ? Location: Thomasville, Ga on Feb 25, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    To many people constantly change their major just so they can continue with montly income which is very high for some that have several children! This is ridiculous! They start off with a full load, receive the mid-quarter check and then drop the classes and change there major! Why are people not looking into this. This is where all of our money is going. People not working laid up in bed and taking classes all there life and then ending up with a social worker degree! What is the school system coming to or should I say this world!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Margaret Location: Winder on Feb 25, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    I whole heartedly agree and Federal grants to. I know of a few people that recieve both and should have never gotten either. Thet have lied to the gov and either they dont have the man power to investigate deeper or what it is. This is one of the reasons are country is in the shape it is. Now people who really do need it deserve it ,but do more back ground checking. This really makes me mad.
  • by Frank Location: Valdosta on Feb 24, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    If you "don't have the funds" then work harder.
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