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Tech school HOPE requirements to be relaxed

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The Governor is pushing a plan to make it easier for technical college students to get HOPE grants.

Right now, students need a 3.0, or a "B" average to earn the financial help.  Thursday, Republican and Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill to lower the requirement to 2.0, or a "C" average.

At schools such as Albany Tech, expanding the eligibility means more students will be able to continue their education, even if their GPA slips a bit.

Wendy Howell from Albany Tech Public Relations said, "this is definitely going to help them to stay on it and stay in school and finish their degree and get into the workforce."

Expanding the HOPE grant is expected to cost between five and eight million dollars and is possible due to the recent growth in revenues from the Georgia Lottery.

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