Lawmakers push to preserve HOPE fees

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 9:32 AM
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ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are hoping to soften the blow of a measure that could strip HOPE Scholarship students of their book fees.

The House unanimously passed a measure Thursday that would preserve the $300 grant for books - at least for a while. The proposal triggers reductions in the book allowance only if lottery revenues take a nosedive below the cost of the program.

It is meant to temper of a 2004 law that forces the state to reduce - and eventually eliminate - the book money if the cost of the scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs exceeds lottery revenue by as little as $1.

The measure passed quickly with no debate. A similar measure passed last year, but it was vetoed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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jajo1012
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jajo1012 02/05/09 - 11:25 am
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Books cost $500 a semester-

Books cost $500 a semester- please help us out Georgia Legislature!

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 02/05/09 - 12:44 pm
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IMO the HOPE Scholarship is

IMO the HOPE Scholarship is now looked upon as an entitlement, but if the money is not there how can the State be expected to pay? Unfortunately no-one seems to think about how education used to be paid for.

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BakersfieldCityLimits 02/05/09 - 12:57 pm
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Does this mean that the "

Does this mean that the " students " that go to Augusta Tech, enroll in a class long enough to count, then withdraw only to get all that gubmint money won't be able to do that anymore? HOPE is being run into the ground, and it won't be long until there is no more hope. Crackerweed.

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double_standard 02/05/09 - 12:58 pm
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NLA the money is there. The

NLA the money is there. The GA Lottery has made record profits each year of its existence and the great governor has once again stuck his hand in the cookie jar. Maybe we now know where he got the money to pay his tremendous debt.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 02/05/09 - 01:32 pm
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I think HOPE has always been

I think HOPE has always been a waste of money.. The students that receive this free money really don't care about their academics.. The people that really need it don't have it and the people that have it abuse it and misuse it..

jt
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jt 02/05/09 - 02:36 pm
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FYI - The money isn't free

FYI - The money isn't free and the "state" doesn't pay. It's paid for with lottery sales. That's why Georgia voters approved lottery sales. Also, you have to earn it with your GPA. Success is rewarded and the standard is high. If you don't support it, don't buy lottery tickets. The state benefits by keeping students who excel in Georgia colleges and tech schools in state. These students in turn are available for the state's business community. How can that be bad?

artsy fartsy
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artsy fartsy 02/05/09 - 02:50 pm
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LadyCisback- whoa whoa whoa

LadyCisback- whoa whoa whoa now. HOPE is a waste? Those who receive it don't care about their academics? Then please tell me how I graduated Cum Laude from my college? HOPE is the only way I was able to go the school I wanted to go to. It's the only way my family didn't go broke and I worked my butt off to keep that scholarship! I suggest you think again before making such a snide remark!

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joeuser 02/05/09 - 05:19 pm
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I didn't graduate Cum Laude,

I didn't graduate Cum Laude, but I DID pay for my education with 3 part-time jobs and graduated Thanky Lawdy.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 02/05/09 - 08:09 pm
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If there is any kind of

If there is any kind of public assistance or grant system in Georgia, the professional players WILL play it for profit. Some, and I stress some "students" have no interest in getting a degree. They rack up student loans that they will never pay and get a letter for housing and for medical etc. That's their "job"; to use our money and get things for free. And, they're good at it!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 02/05/09 - 08:12 pm
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Some never buy their books

Some never buy their books for class. And then, they get a refund check at the end of the semester. They're only intention is to "get by" and use our money. Sounds like future wall street execs.

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thats me 02/05/09 - 11:30 pm
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Actually, to get the $150 a

Actually, to get the $150 a semester book money you have to be elligable- meaning you have to maintain your 3.0- and they have checkpoints like the end of every Spring, after 30, 60, and 90 hours, etc to make sure you keep the grades, so its not just a free check every semester. While yes, there are those that use the book money for things other than books, there are those that do use the money for their intended purpose, and believe me, while its is a small fraction of the total costs, it does help alot. I don't think that HOPE is a waste- you have to earn it and actually work to keep your grades up to keep getting it. College is very expensive- AT LEAST $2000 a semester, and HOPE does help cover some of the costs. LadyCisback, you say that those who need it don't get it? Well why don't they earn it like the rest of us who worked for our grades and don't get free money from federal grants where we basically just have to be enrolled at a college to get? That's where the real 'free money' is and where it gets abused.

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usnvet 02/06/09 - 12:17 am
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With all the "cardboard

With all the "cardboard crack" the lottery sells, they should be able to buy every book in the state. Perhaps the lottery should spend less on TV ads.

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