Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that will lower the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant.
The bill will drop the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant back to a 2.0 after it increased to 3.0 two years ago for budgetary reasons.
The goal for expanding access to the HOPE Grant is to strengthen the state's workforce development efforts.
"We need more college or technical college degrees in order to attract and fill the jobs of tomorrow," Deal said. "This additional benefit will provide Georgians with greater access to school at a relatively small cost to the state."
Recent growth in Georgia Lottery revenues will cover the additional $5 million to $8 million the expansion will cost.
"In recent years, Georgia has seen a large drop in technical college enrollment – much larger than in our university system," Deal said. "For some students enrolled in a technical school, the loss of scholarship money put higher education out of reach. This law will provide greater access to school and to a brighter career for thousands of Georgians."
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