Free Merit-Based College Tuition in Georgia on the Chopping Block

January 7, 2011

Since 1993 Georgia’s Hope scholarship has provided four years of college tuition to any Georgia high school student who graduates with a "B" average and attends a university or technical school in the state. Now the program is becoming a victim of its own popularity and the recession. Several states copied Georgia’s program, and some of those, notably Tennessee’s, which like Georgia uses lottery money to fund the scholarships, are also facing funding shortages. Some seem to have begun to view the Hope program as an entitlement that cannot be cut, claiming that if the program is changed they won’t be able to afford college. The legislature is considering making the program less than a full scholarship, or giving more to some students (still based on merit) and less to others. The most likely scenario is a change to a flat rate scholarship, irrespective of the student’s individual tuition bill. However it comes out, there will be less Hope in Georgia in 2011.

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.

 

Did You Know?

Can't make the real thing? You can attend a virtual college fair. College Week Live sponsors an online college fair where students and parents can interact live with college admissions counselors from over 300 colleges. The next college fair is scheduled for November 2-3, 2011. CollegeWeekLive hosts a variety of online events and features presentations from admissions experts, counselors and students. Among these is Paying for College. Many colleges also have virtual one day open houses on the site. You can view the event calendar and register on the collegeweeklive website. Click here to go there.

 

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