Georgia Running out of HOPE

Cuts to Georgia’s popular HOPE Scholarship, which pays full tuition for state high school graduates earning a 3.0 GPA, could get approval from its state senate as early as Tuesday, according to student newspaper the Red & Black. The state house approved a similar version last week.

The changes, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, would raise the GPA floor for full tuition awards to 3.7. They would also include the requirement they earn a 1200 SAT score in math and verbal sections. Students with a 3.0 would get a reduced, varying amount per year under the changes.

But deliberations over the change, which Gov. Nathan Deal proposed late last month, are overshadowed by a trend consuming all higher education.

“With tuition increasing annually,” the Journal-Constitution reports, “critics worry HOPE may only cover half in 10 years. Supporters say the percentage could increase, depending on how the lottery performs.”