The Union Recorder


April 25, 2012

HOPE scholarship revisions were not practical

MILLEDGEVILLE — Recent revisions made to the HOPE scholarship are not practical. The initial goal of the HOPE scholarship program was to make college affordable for those who were well-determined students but not able to personally fund a secondary education.

However, because the program was in no way funded by the beneficiaries of it, revisions to the HOPE scholarship were definitely needed to keep the program afloat; however, instead of raising the minimum grade point average needed for eligibility, some nature of income requirement would have made more sense.

The new grade point average requirements are very difficult for college students to attain, let alone the fact that most students who earn such high averages earn additional scholarship money that covers their expenses anyway. If there was an income requirement, this program could still meet its original goal of helping supply scholarship opportunities to above-average college students in the state of Georgia that did not have the means to match the increasing costs of a secondary education.  

An example of a sufficient income requirement would be if only those whose parents combined income that are less than $250,000 annually were eligible to receive HOPE benefits. Children of those who earn more than $250,000 annually really do not need to be a part of the HOPE scholarship program as it wastes valuable funding and shifts the well-intended objectives of the program.

Without an income standard, students who do not need student loans to finance their college education are able to attend college for free and use their college savings for other things like fancy cars, greek-life and alcohol.

Heshan Rodrigo

Economics major

Georgia College and State University

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