The luster of a HOPE Scholarship — once a full tuition ride to public colleges for Georgia high school graduates with a B average — may dim a bit more this year.
To recap how we came to this depressing situation: Faced with a money crunch, Gov. Nathan Deal last year reduced HOPE for all but top high school students, those who graduated with a 3.7 or higher GPA combined with a minimum score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 composite score on the ACT.
It turns out that more kids qualified for the Zell Miller Scholarship than had been expected, so the regular HOPE Scholars — which I call HOPE Lite – could see their financial awards shrink even further than predicted over the next several years.
In stark terms, to fully fund the Miller-level scholars, the state could end up