The HOPE scholarship is great but it has discouraged fiscal responsibility in our higher education system. With HOPE picking up the tab, fewer parents have a stake in tuition costs. A lot of kids get HOPE, some don’t. Some others lose it when they can’t keep their grades up. A B- average should not mean bankruptcy for that student’s parents. Lottery money should not mean a lack of fiscal discipline in our university system.
- Lock in tuition costs for each student over a four-year time period. Tuition for incoming freshmen will be locked in as their per-credit cost for four years.
- Save HOPE dollars by ending support for students if their grades make it mathematically-impossible for them to return to a B average rather than waiting a semester.
- Cut the cost of online classes, which currently cost the same as classes in brick and mortar classrooms with faculty.
- Ensure that core curriculum credits are transferrable between Georgia colleges and universities so students who complete 100 and 200 level classes don’t have to repeat the same classes if they transfer to a another college or university.