Ga. families brace for cuts to HOPE program

ATLANTA (AP) - As state lawmakers eye cuts to the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship program, families across Georgia are facing having to pay thousands of dollars more for their children's college education.

Though an official plan hasn't been released yet, lawmakers and state officials have hinted at the possible cuts: no longer having HOPE cover all of tuition, no more paying for books and fees, no more going to college for free for more than four years.

The changes would affect current and future HOPE recipients and could take effect as early as this fall. Nearly one-third of the students at Georgia's public colleges are on HOPE.

The 20-year-old lottery-funded scholarship program is expected to go broke by next year if changes aren't made.

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