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04 August 2010

GA Democratic Leader Pledges To Restore Original Intent of Hope Scholarship

With news reports that demand is exceeding the funds available for the popular Hope Scholarship program, Georgia Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown is adovcating that the program go back to its original intent.

The original intent of the HOPE scholarship was to make higher education affordable for bright, hard-working Georgia students who could not afford a college education, according to Senator Brown. As such, family income limits of $66,000 per year were used to guarantee that HOPE was granted to deserving Georgia citizens.

Brown says that Democrats will set the family income limit at or below 600% of the federal poverty level, to ensure that the Hope Scholarhship program would remain financially solvent and able to carry out its original mission.

These new limits would be effective July 1, 2011, said Brown.