Senate approves bill to boost minimum HOPE scholarship

ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Senate passed a bill that aims to adjust the amount of funds doled out to public school graduates for the state-funded HOPE scholarship.

If signed into law, HOPE scholarship recipients could get at least $2,000 per semester. The bill also says students would not receive more money than the cost of their tuition.

State senators voted 51 to four on Wednesday to approve the measure setting the minimum payout price. The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Charlie Bethel, a Republican from Dalton.

Bethel said the bill should be something that all Georgians support.

The measure would also set a minimum rate of $134 per credit hour for scholarship recipients.

The bill will now go to the House for consideration.

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