Officials: 4,200 students lost HOPE grants

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia technical college officials say 4,200 students have lost the HOPE grant that pays for their classes after the program began last year requiring a 3.0 GPA for the first time ever.

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson told state lawmakers Tuesday during a budget hearing that the students no longer qualified for the awards starting last month. State lawmakers overhauled the lottery-funded HOPE program last year after lottery revenues failed to keep up with demand.

Technical college students tend to be older, working adults who either never attended college or are returning to train in another field. The colleges are among the first places that workers go to when they are laid off to help get back into the job market.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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