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March 1, 2014

A ‘surprise’ to students, HOPE scholarship to get stricter requirements


Stroble: All schools

have options

Some schools don’t offer AP or IB classes, particularly south of Atlanta, Phinney said, causing a “disadvantage.”

“We’re very blessed in our area,” she said. “That’s not always the way in the rest of the state.”

One option for students who want HOPE qualifying classes is the Georgia Virtual School, a free online education program that offers advance courses and is accessible by all public school students. But that could still pose problems, Phinney said.

“For everyone, that’s not always the best way to access information,” she said. “I don’t know if I would want to take AP Physics virtually. Maybe it would be OK, but I don’t know.”

Stroble noted that the list of approved “harder” courses — not just AP or IB — are offered at all schools in the state and include classes like calculus, genetics and physics.

“We don’t want to set up any schools for failure,” he said. “They might not have all the options for IB or AP ... but they do have classes (on the list).”

Regardless of which classes they take, students should “get a plan now” if they’re banking on HOPE scholarship money to help pay for college, Phinney said.

“It’s going to require careful planning,” she said. “If you wait ... you’re not setting yourself up for success.”

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