HOPE grant seekers may soon need lower GPA

7:25 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
Governor Nathan Deal with other Republican leaders and Democratic House leaders
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ATLANTA -- Lawmakers in the Georgia House of Representatives gave their approval on Thursday for a plan that will lower grade requirement of the HOPE grant.

Students seeking HOPE grants to attend technical colleges in Georgia may qualify if they maintain a grade point average of 2.0.

Two years ago, Georgia lawmakers set the required GPA at 3.0. At that time, the increase was used to address a drop in lottery revenues that funded the HOPE program.

Thursday's plan was backed by lawmakers 169-1. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration, and lawmakers think it will likely pass because they have legislative leaders and Governor Nathan Deal standing behind it.

Further, those in support say the move could benefit several students at about $5 million to $8 million per year.

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