by: Tom Regan Updated:
ATLANTA - Gwinnett Tech and other metro Atlanta schools that provide skilled training predict a wave of new students if the state legislature approves lowering the grade point requirement for the HOPE Grant from 3.0 to 2.0.
McCulloch told Channel 2's Tom Regan enrollment at the college dropped by several hundred students when the state raised the grade point average standard to maintain a HOPE grant, which covers tuition and books. Many students who attend the school are older, non-traditional and often are working a job while pursuing a diploma or certificate.
Regan spoke with Leslie Trego, a mother who is studying to become an ultra sound technician. She said modifying the GPA requirement for HOPE grants will enable more student to pursue their dreams of a skilled tech career.
"It's very important for students who don’t have a lot of money. This helps them out. You can study and hold down a job and have time for (your) families," said Trego.
Legislation to change the qualification standards for the HOPE grant was approved overwhelmingly by the state House of Representatives and has moved to the Georgia Senate.
Lawmakers estimate lowering the required GPA for HOPE grants will result in additional $5 million to $8 million per year in lottery revenue funding.