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New GPA Requirement For HOPE Grant Could Help More Students

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Students in Georgia wanting to attend a technical college will have a better chance at getting financial aid. The Hope Grant GPA requirement is going from a 3.0 to a 2.0.

Savannah Technical College student Sarah Holton is about to see all her hard work pay off in August when she graduates with a practical nursing diploma. She was able to pull off her schooling with the help of the HOPE Grant.

"I'm a single mother I would not have been able to go to school, afford school without it," said Holton.

Holton's GPA has always been above the HOPE Grant's requirement but other's haven't been as lucky. Two years ago the standard 2.0 went up to a 3.0.

"We saw a substantial number who lost that eligibility some had to actually withdrawal from school," said Savannah Technical College President, Kathy Love.

With lottery revenues growing to help pay for the grants the GPA is back to a 2.0.

"We hate for our students to borrow money to come to school here so this is going to help a lot of students who otherwise may have to go into debt to continue their education," said Love.

Full time students taking 15 credits will definitely see a difference in their bank accounts.

"The student that regains the HOPE Grant instead of paying that $1,275 they'll actually pay just a little over $250 plus the fees that are a little over $200 so it's a pretty significant difference," said Love.

Holton said she's glad students won't have to put money first over their desire to learn. 

"There are a lot of people who would be really good in their field and might not be good test takers you know and your GPA is affected by how well you take your tests so I think that's wonderful," said Holton.

The HOPE Grant only applies to certificate and diploma programs. Savannah Technical College has more than 100 different academic programs fitting that requirement.

Love said the GPA change will begin this Fall.

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