The hardest thing about college used to be the work, but for many these days, it's the cost.
Budgetary restraints forced legislators to cut HOPE funding, resulting in more out of pocket expenses for students.
And one south Georgia technical college says they are seeing more scholarship applications than ever before.
Nursing student William Price was just awarded two scholarships from the Southwest Georgia Tech Foundation.
"It really helps keep my mind focused where it needs to be, which is in my studies. Otherwise I would have to focus more and have the stressors of finance as well," said Price.
Southwest Georgia Tech awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships for Spring Semester.
And school officials expect that number to grow.
"Due to HOPE cuts and changes in the HOPE Grant a lot of students are realizing there is going to be more out of pocket expense than they thought," said Foundation Director Amy Maison.
Price says without these scholarships, it would be really hard to continue his education.
"With the HOPE cuts especially. When I started freshman year, three years ago, HOPE pretty well covered everything but your books, but now it's down. They were necessary cuts, but at the same time these Foundation scholarships are very necessary for students like me to be able to make it through school."
Price says much of his decision to stay closer to home was based on tuition, living, and travel costs.
"When you mention the economy, it's tough to go off to school anywhere. So it's great to be able to go in your own backyard and get a degree where you can make an honest living and have good job opportunities."
And school officials say these scholarships are an investment from the community and for the community.
"We really are preparing our workforce of tomorrow, today here at Southwest Georgia Technical College. Without the community's support and the investment in our college, we would not be able to produce the highly trained and skilled graduates that we do each year," said Maison.
Price says tuition is usually the least of his school related expenses.
He says these scholarships are also essential for books, nursing supplies, and gas.
Southwest Georgia Tech officials say it's not too late to register for Spring Semester
The last day to add classes is Monday.
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