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Hope gets tough for technical college students

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -  Some Technical college students worry they'll lose hope because of tougher requirements.

Students at technical colleges must maintain a 3.0 to keep the grant.

Some students say that won't be easy for many of them who have full time jobs and families. Wiregrass Georgia Technical college is making some adjustments and students are glad hope is still alive.

Students like Chandlyn Terrell and Aaron Musgrove need Hope grants to attend Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

"We depend on that to come to school," said Terrell.

"I had the Hope grant since January 2010 without it, I would not be attending school here," said Musgrove.

One of the many changes in the hope program is that students are eligible for the grant but now will have to keep a certain average.

When Technical college Students reach 30 semester hours they'll have to maintain a 3.0 to keep the Hope grant.

That could be difficult for students who work full time and have family.

"They're juggling a lot of things in addition to coming to school," said Dr. Ray Perren. "It'll be a challenge for our students."

But they are adding more tutoring sessions and urging students to look for other financial aid.

"Times are tough but these are necessary changes even with these changes the hope scholarship/hope grant is still the strongest in the nation," said Perren.

Books and other fees won't be paid anymore.

"I'll have to pay all my books out of pocket," said Musgrove. "My tuition fees will only pay 90 percent of that."

While there's many changes in the Hope program, students are just glad the grants are still available to them.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College will implement the changes in time for fall semester.

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