More than 11,000 Georgians lost HOPE grants to attend state technical colleges when the state Legislature imposed tougher academic requirements in 2011, and more than half have not re-enrolled in school as of this fall, according to Technical College System of Georgia statistics.
Georgia lawmakers have approved an overhaul of who regulates video poker and similar coin-operated machines in the state, and opened the door for some proceeds to be directed to the HOPE scholarship program.
Georgia Lottery officials say 35 players won prizes of $10,000 or more in the Powerball drawing. Officials say David Jackson bought a ticket at the Georgia Food Mart in Riverdale and won $1 million in Wednesday's drawing.
A new report from a non-partisan think-tank recommends overhauling how the state uses lottery funds to pay for pre-kindergarten and college scholarships. But Gov. Nathan Deal says many of the ideas are non-starters.
State Democrats have filed a bill seeking to lower requirements for technical college students who receive HOPE grants. Republicans in the majority have so far not filed any bills on HOPE but it’s the second measure from Democrats aimed at increasing access to the state’s college scholarship programs.
State lawmakers are split over how to fix the HOPE college scholarship’s finances, with some pushing an income cap. By 2016, officials project the award will cover less than half of the University of Georgia’s tuition and fees.
State officials overseeing the HOPE scholarship told legislators Monday that by 2016, the college scholarship will cover less than half of the University of Georgia’s tuition and fees if lottery proceeds remain constant. Officials say the lottery would need $100 million more a year to avoid that scenario.
College students have until Monday night to apply for the loan. State loan program of last resort still has 10 million dollars in funding. Lawmakers approved program in 2008 but funded last year after cutting HOPE scholarship program.