While many students in Georgia receive the HOPE scholarship every single year, there are going to be new changes for students graduating after May 1st, 2015.The HOPE scholarship is responsible for giving students free tuition to public schools in Georgia. With recent deficits in funding for the HOPE scholarship, legislators have become creative with their attempts to save money. Current juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will be affected by these new changes. The changes will be phased in over the next three years, with the class of 2015 having the least new requirements and the class of 2017 having the most new requirements.
For the class of 2015, they will have to take two classes over the course of their high school careers that meet rigor requirements. These two classes can either be an advanced math, advanced foreign language, AP classes, IB Classes, classes taken at a University of Georgia accredited college in a dual enrollment program, or advanced science classes. There is a list of classes (see link below) that meet these rigor requirements. For the class of 2016, they will have to take three classes that are considered rigorous, and the class of 2017 will be required to take four classes that are considered rigorous.
Link to classes that have been classified as rigorous: