Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle says that while affordable higher education is critical to the success of the state, Georgia cannot fund the education of every deserving college student. Speaking to the Atlanta Press Club on Thursday, Cagle said the HOPE scholarship "was never created to become or be an entitlement program."
Georgia is 12th in the nation for international students attending colleges and universities. More than half of the students come from just three countries; China, India, and South Korea. Georgia Tech leads all schools with nearly 5 thousand international students.
College students have until Monday night to apply for the loan. State loan program of last resort still has 10 million dollars in funding. Lawmakers approved program in 2008 but funded last year after cutting HOPE scholarship program.
State Rep. Ed Rynders of Albany wants voters to amend the state constitution so tuition increases at state universities cannot exceed the rate of inflation. He said controlling the cost of tuition is key to saving the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program, which is running out of money.
Freshman at Albany State University will be sleeping triple. Dorms intended to sleep two will have three because of increased enrollment. University officials say the rooms are big enough to accomodate the extra roomate.