The HOPE Grant for technical college students in Georgia could once again cover full tuition if the latest proposed legislation is approved in the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session, which begins in January.
The House bill is co-sponsored by Georgia State Representatives Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, and Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, and would bring back aid to technical college students that was cut two years ago.
In 2011, the state had to lessen the benefits of the Hope Scholarship for traditional four-year college students and the Hope Grant for technical college students. The changes to the grant included reducing the amount of money awarded for tuition and requiring a minimum GPA of 3.0 to keep the award. Both the Hope Scholarship and the Hope Grant are funded by the Georgia Lottery.