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A college degree is key to increasing your chances of getting a job.

By 2018, more than 60-percent of Georgia job openings will require a post secondary degree.

But many college students in the Peach State don't stick it out to graduation day.

The state is looking to change that by changing the way it funds higher education.

Haley Blanchard just finished with her microbiology class at Darton College. She wants to be a dental hygienist but knows the program is competitive.

"They only take 23(students)," said Blanchard.

Right now she's getting the help she needs to meet her goals one day.

"Most of my teacher have been pretty helpful some could spend a little more time on creating better study guides for the test," said Blanchard.

A new commission appointed by Governor Nathan Deal wants to make sure students like Haley don't get frustrated trying to reach that goal and drop out. Right now in Georgia only a quarter of students at two year schools and 44 percent at four year schools are graduating and at four year schools for many its taking six years. Which is why students think it's a good idea for the University System to take a look at how they're funding higher education.

"I think that's important I think that's a good thing," said Chachovia Brown, a Darton student.

Digging deeper we found the state spends approximately 11 percent of its budget and approximately two-thirds of the lottery funds on providing access to college, money students say is needed.

"It's good because we finally have a chance to get the support that we need," said Denzel Rice, a Darton student.

Albany Technical College's Dr. Anthony Parker is one of the 26 members named to the governor's commission to study the funding issue. They'll look at the current system based on enrollment and determine whether rewarding institutions for increasing the number of students who graduate might incentivize college completion. Students say they also have to be held accountable.

"You definitely have to put in the time and effort of studying if you want to do good in your classes, it's not all about the teachers," said Blanchard.

To ensure they've got a place in the workforce after graduation.

Kevin Vantrees, a student at ABAC is also a member of the 26 person commission.

It will make recommendations to the governor by the end of next year.

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