A bill that would lower the grade point average for technical college students receiving HOPE scholarships passed the House Thursday. It was one of many bills Georgia lawmakers voted on as part of the legislative session's 30th day.
The Senate Democratic Caucus is criticizing Governor Nathan Deal's need-based scholarship program. They say it fails to recognize the current problems with the HOPE scholarship and is a diversion from discussing the issues.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says that while affordable higher education is critical to the success of the state, Georgia cannot fund the education of every deserving college student. Speaking to the Atlanta Press Club on Thursday, Cagle said the HOPE scholarship "was never created to become or be an entitlement program."
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-percent of tuition, instead of the full amount. And it won't pay fees. But the changes start in the fall.