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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 12:15pm

Proposed HOPE Cuts Worry Students

Updated: 3 years ago.
Some Georgia college students are uneasy about proposed changes to the financially struggling HOPE Scholarship program.

Under Governor Nathan Deal's proposal announced this week, full Hope Scholarships would go to students who earned both a 3.7 high school GPA and a 1200 SAT score.

Those students would have to maintain a 3.5 average to continue receiving full state support.

Students with B averages currently required for the scholarship would get 90 percent of their tuition covered.

Georgia State University freshman Amber Lee says that would cut off some of Georgia’s neediest students.

"A lot of people need every bit of the HOPE Scholarship they can get and even though it may not seem like a lot….paying 10 percent actually does affect us," says Lee.

Scholarship amounts could vary depending on how much revenue is generated by the Georgia Lottery which pays for the program.

Deal's proposal still has to get approval from the state legislature.

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