The first legislation passed by the State of Georgia did not allow for home-schooled college bound students to receive lottery funded awards expect retroactively. [Read more...]
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is, no. The main intent for the Hope Scholarship is to award the achievement of students with assistance toward a four year degree. [Read more...]
The short answer is No. The long answer starts with reviewing what the actual Georgia law says on the subject.
Based on Georgia Code title 20, Chapter , Article 7:
There is a grass roots petition started to call into question the funding for the hope scholarship. I have attached the story of the article for the petition. For my part, I don’t necessarily agree with the views of Better Georgia; however, as I’ve written in previous articles, I am also concerned about the funding levels for the hope scholarship. While the Better [Read more...]
The Tennessee Legislature is still in session and here is a list of the 23 House bills and 23 corresponding Senate bills that in some way make changes to the Tennessee Hope Scholarship program. The name of the sponsoring house member or senator is provided with the bill title. As you can see, there a key individuals that you should contact to affect change in the legislation. You can select the link for each bill to view the complete proposal and to find out the current vote scheduled for the bill. [Read more...]
We welcome a Guest Article from Bethany Sumner. I saw her article posted on the Ga Tech CETL site and thought it would be great to include it here and she graciously agreed. Thanks, Bethany!
HOPE Scholarship Cuts and its Effects in the Classroom
In the wake of the Great Recession, governments everywhere have tried to slash spending. Unfortunately, education has not been spared from these cuts. In the past four years alone, the state contribution to Georgia Tech has been reduced by 90 million dollars or approximately 31%. Colleges across Georgia have had to cope with shrinking funds, which have led to pay freezes, reduction in faculty, decrease in admissions, fewer degree programs and course offerings, and even a controversial maneuver to merge eight colleges in the University System of Georgia into four. In addition to these measures, universities turn to their students to help make up for lost funds by raising the cost of tuition and adding new mandatory fees. [Read more...]
Today is the last day of the 2011-2012 Georgia Legislative Session. I thought it would be good to list each bill that reads on the Hope Scholarship along with the title. I’ve also added my comments on some of them.
As of today’s final session, none of these appear to be on track for becoming law. This means that the Hope funding for Georgia will most likely remain pegged to the 2010-2011 tuition costs. So, the amount required to be covered by each student will rise $1 for $1 with tuition and fee increases.
Here are the bills: [Read more...]