Randy's got this story on the home page, under the "TN Politics" tab, but I'll place it more prominently here in case the story affects as many of us as I think it might...
Yesterday, the legislature revised the state's HOPE lottery scholarship rules to extend financial support to students through their first 120 semester hours of college, rather than through the first four years of their studies.
Tom Humphrey notes that students generally graduate having earned about 133 semester hours, so it appears that some (many?) students could run out of financial support via the lottery before they complete their studies. Ouch.
On a brighter note, the legislation will also cause the lottery's funding to become available for students' summer coursework, which had not been the case to date.
(That change came too late for this household. On Monday of this past week, we paid $1700 for our UT-Chattanooga student, at home in Knoxville for the summer, to take three UTC on-line classes this summer. Sigh.)
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