New website explains HOPE scholarship changes

8:49 AM, Mar 30, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The University System of Georgia has set up a new website to help students and parents understand changes to the popular HOPE scholarship program.

The newly-enacted changes will affect both current and new students to University System of Georgia institutions.

LINK: How HOPE changes affect USG students

The website does not include changes affecting students attending either public technical colleges or private colleges or universities.

Governor Nathan Deal introduced legislation to overhaul HOPE to save it from going broke. The lottery-funded scholarship program has failed to keep up with increasing tuition costs and rising enrollment.

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Gov. Deal signed the measure into law on March 15.

Under the changes starting in the fall, the HOPE amount is capped at 90 percent of the current tuition rate at USG institutions.

Students must have a 3.0 GPA graduating from an eligible high school to get HOPE and maintain a 3.0 GPA in college to keep HOPE.

To obtain full coverage through the Zell Miller Scholarship, students must have a 3.7 GPA graduating from an eligible high school, plus a combined 1200 on the reading and math sections of the SAT or at least a 26 Composite ACT score.

The valedictorian and salutatorian from each high school is also eligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship without consideration of the GPA or ACT/SAT requirements.

Students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in college to keep the Zell Miller scholarship.

Students who drop below the college 3.3 GPA can earn regular HOPE if their GPA remains at 3.0 or above.

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