Students in Georgia Lose HOPE
If the Georgia education system had one thing to tout, it was their HOPE scholarship program. Under the program, which has served more than a million students, high-schoolers with good grades were awarded a free college education. Now, due to soaring college costs, the scholarship will only be offered to students with a 3.7 GPA instead of 3.0, and students will have to score at least a 1200 on the SAT. Those who don’t quite make the cut will get some tuition help, an amount that could change from year to year, reports The Huffington Post.
Many high school seniors have already decided what school they will be attending in the fall, but news like this could drastically change things. Students counting on the HOPE scholarship but don’t meet the new qualifications will now have to scramble for aid money late in the process.