Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law. The new Republican governor made fixing the landmark scholarship a centerpiece of his legislative agenda this session. The program had been set to go broke as lottery proceeds failed to keep pace with rising tuition and soaring college enrollment.
Governor Nathan Deal wants top-performing Georgia high school students to receive free tuition at public colleges. Deal on Tuesday outlined sweeping changes he is proposing to the state's lottery-funded HOPE scholarship, which is struggling financially.
Board of Regents Chancellor Errol Davis told lawmakers Tuesday that tuition at Georgia's 35 colleges and universities will go up if budget cuts of $185 million are approved. Davis warned that the system cannot take another year with deep cuts.
A committee meeting of state lawmakers Monday sounded the alarm on evaporating funding for Georgia’s HOPE scholarship. One lawmaker says “the days are gone” where lottery proceeds can match money spent on HOPE.
Finding the most efficient and cost-effective ways to check citizenship of all Georgia college students is the focus of a special committee put together by the Board of Regents. That committee held its first meeting Monday.