Representative Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) says she is pleased with the passage of House Bill 372, which lowers the required GPA for students at technical colleges from 3.0 to 2.0 to receive the HOPE Grant.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced a proposal in February to lower the required GPA of the HOPE Grant to its original level—2.0. The proposed change is aimed at strengthening Georgia’s workforce development efforts by expanding access to the HOPE Grant, which goes to students in the technical college system.
The provision is applied to The Restore and Build HOPE Act (HB 54), originally sponsored by District 163 Representative Craig Gordon and Rep. Evans.
House Democrats are pleased with the bi-partisan support for this legislation, according to a statement Thursday by the House Democratic Caucus.
“Lowering the GPA to retain the HOPE Grant levels the playing field for Georgia’s students,” said Evans. “Allowing more students to earn a technical degree and have a career in this competitive market is exciting and the right thing to do.”
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