The Senate Higher Education Committee Friday approved an overhaul of the HOPE scholarship that will make cuts to the awards many Georgia college students receive.
The panel voted 5-2 along party lines, with Republicans supporting the measure, a top priority for Gov. Nathan Deal.
More than a hundred students marched from Georgia State University to the state capitol steps in downtown Atlanta to protest changes to the HOPE scholarship program.
The bill the house passed Tuesday would cut most recipients’ funding by 10 percent.
Today, the Senate passed a bill that would allow students to participate in extracurricular activities at other local public schools.
Their school can't already offer the activity.
The bill is named after Rachel Sackett, a sophomore at a charter school.
The sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment to tie state university tuition to inflation hopes it will give students more confidence about the cost of their classes, especially in light of potential cuts to the HOPE Scholarship.