Wed., April 27, 2011 7:31pm (EDT)

HOPE Cuts Cause Summer School Rush
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

STATESBORO, Ga.  —  
More college students are expected to take summer courses to benefit from the full HOPE scholarship before it's cut in the fall. (photo Orlando Montoya)
More college students are expected to take summer courses to benefit from the full HOPE scholarship before it's cut in the fall. (photo Orlando Montoya)
A change in Georgia's HOPE scholarship is sending some students to an unexpected summer semester of school.

Facing budget cuts, state lawmakers made the scholarship cover 90% of tuition, instead of the full amount.

And it won't pay fees.

But the changes start in the fall.

Georgia Southern University senior Nashaya McKethan says, she and her family decided, they can't wait.

"It would've been a lot more expensive to go full time next semester," McKethan says. "So, we just decided that I'll be here for the first time over the summer."

Georgia Southern's president says he suspects McKethan won't be the only student making that decision.

"Students are saying, 'I want to try to get completed as quick as I can while HOPE is still 100%,'" Keel says. "And we are going to see a tremendous increase in enrollment this summer."

Students complain, HOPE isn't the only scholarship decreasing.

Pell Grants are also paying for less.

And this month state Regents again raised tuition.