The lottery funds HOPE, and we can direct protests towards government officials, but that won’t affect lottery ticket sales. HOPE’s funds are running low, and government leaders are making these proposals to find one that is the most fair. I do not agree with the new requirements and allotments outlined by in some of the proposals. Yet, changes are necessary. Unless there are major increases in lottery ticket sales, HOPE will run out of money.
Yes, it will be harder for families to pay for college, I recognize that, but maybe this will teach college students to value higher education. I feel like as a group, we feel entitled to a college education. College education is not guaranteed by the government and it is something to be earned and valued. Also, if the GPA is raised for full tuition, I hope more students strive to exceed that requirement. That would produce more hardworking students and improve the average GPA of Georgia students. Unfortunately, to render these desired qualities, it may take a changes in the HOPE program.
Also, please consider how fortunate we are as citizens of Georgia that we have a program like this. Many people of other states pay for full college tuition, whether it be by the graciousness of their parents or the students’ hard work. I question the audacity of the Georgian, student or parent, that dismisses the program that has relieved much of the burden of paying for college education.