More technical college students will be eligible to qualify for the H.O.P.E. Grant beginning this fall thanks to a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The measure lowers the GPA requirements to qualify for the scholarship to 2.0 after it was raised a couple of years ago to 3.0.
Deal says the change resulted in thousands dropping out of the state’s technical colleges.
“It will boost the enrollment in our technical colleges and will give us more of those graduates that we know we need,” he tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Deal says increased lottery proceeds make the change possible. He estimates the increased enrollment will cost between $5 million and $8 million.
Shalethea McElroy, a student at Atlanta Technical College, maintains a GPA above 3.0. But she says her class was reduced significantly after the initial change went into effect.
“When I go back in the fall semester I should have a full class instead of the half that we did for this current semester,” she says.