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Wednesday July 1st, 2015 7:13PM

HOPE will be expanded for tech grants

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers have reached an agreement to lower the grade requirements to qualify for HOPE grants at Georgia technical schools.

The Republican governor was surrounded by legislators from both parties when he said Thursday that the threshold will be returned to a 2.0 grade point average. Lawmakers previously raised it to a 3.0 amid sagging lottery revenue projections, but Deal says an uptick in lottery proceeds allows for the flexibility.

"With an estimated cost between $5 million and $8 million, we believe this will provide greater access to school
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