The KNS has an interesting article about the new law passed in 2011 that cuts off Hope Scholarship funds beyond the minimum number of credit hours needed for a degree. The young woman in the article is losing scholarship funding in her senior year because she has a double major and took extra classes. Seems like that ought to be encouraged rather than discouraged.
The article says Maryville's Sen. Doug Overbey, one of our more reasonable Republicans, tried to fix it before and will try again in this session. His proposal is to pay for eight full semesters regardless of the number of credit hours taken.
Moreover, the article says that the law was made retroactive for anyone who started college in 2009. That hardly seems fair. In the case of the young woman in the article and others in her situation, if they had known of this requirement in 2009 perhaps they could have planned accordingly.
It seems like in addition to Sen. Overbey's proposal, the law should be changed to only apply to freshmen entering college in 2012 and beyond.
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