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Governor Deal signs HOPE Overhall Bill into Law

By Katherine Kington -  bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Governor Nathan Deal has changed the requirements for Georgia students who'll receive the HOPE Scholarship.

The full-scholarship will now only go to the highest scoring students among Georgia's High School Seniors. Governor Deal raised the GPA from 3.0 to 3.7 and students must have at least a 1200 SAT score along with being the valedictorian or salutatorian of their school.

Due to lack of funding from lottery money into the state, Georgia will only pay 90 percent of student's in-state tuition who have High School GPA's of 3.6 or less.

If a student with a 3.5 GPA were to attend the University of Georgia next year they would pay 10 percent of the 4,368 semester tuition leaving them $436.80 short in cash.

Let's say a Columbus senior with a 3.0 GPA attended Columbus State next year. They would pay $229.80 a semester, 10 percent of $2,298.

The changes don't stop there under the new law funding for books, extra fees and remedial classes will be gone.

The HOPE scholarship will also be trimmed from Georgia Private Colleges.



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