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Many students left school after losing HOPE grants

Many students left school after losing HOPE grants

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - More than 11,000 Georgians lost HOPE grants to attend state technical colleges when the state Legislature imposed tougher academic requirements in 2011, and more than half have not re-enrolled in school as of this fall, according to Technical College System of Georgia statistics.

As a way of curbing the costs of the lottery-funded HOPE program, state lawmakers in 2011 raised the minimum GPA students had to keep in their first year from 2.0 to 3.0.

As a result of the cost-saving measure, 11,471 students in the system's 24 technical colleges lost their HOPE grants.

Last year, with lottery revenues up, Gov. Nathan Deal and lawmakers reversed field, restoring the minimum GPA to 2.0 for students this fall.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported the numbers in a story on Sunday.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

PROBE College Fair coming to Clarke County

PROBE College Fair coming to Clarke County

ATHENS, Ga. -- The PROBE College Fair will stop in Clarke County next week.

The fair, which features representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country, will be at the Classic Center on Monday, Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn more about the PROBE College Fair.

The Classic Center is located at 300 North Thomas Street in downtown Athens.

UGA business school plans online degree program

UGA business school plans online degree program

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's Terry College of Business plans to offer its first online degree program next fall.

The planned bachelor of business administration in general business degree is designed for working professionals who can't attend a traditional on-campus program, according to Myra Moore, director of assessment, rankings and undergraduate programs in the business college.

The UGA University Council's curriculum committee approved the program and voted to send the proposal to the full University Council for a vote in September.

If the group approves the program as expected, the proposal goes to UGA President Jere Morehead for a vote.

The degree program is expected to target students eligible for tuition reimbursement through employers or the G.I. Bill, according to the document business school administrators recently presented to the curriculum committee.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

Four draft picks opt to attend Georgia

Four draft picks opt to attend Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- Three members of Georgia's latest baseball recruiting class along with rising senior pitcher Patrick Boling will be wearing Bulldog red and black in 2014 after passing on a chance to sign a professional contract.

Seven Bulldog signees plus three student-athletes from the 2013 club were selected in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft this past June, and teams had until Friday to sign their draft picks.

Pitcher Robert Tyler (Baltimore, 28th round), outfielder Stephen Wrenn (Atlanta, 28th round) and shortstop Michael Bell (Miami, 37th round) look to be key contributors for the Bulldogs over the next few years after choosing to honor their commitment to the University of Georgia. Also, the return of the versatile Boling (Washington, 32nd round) bolsters the pitching staff.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

ATHENS, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Clarke County, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County
Rockdale County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County