Kemp signs bill providing needs-based college tuition grants
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I don’t get it! The HOPE scholarship program has several variations for students who are committed to their education. Many students attending college have no idea of the expectations and demands of higher education. Yet, we continue to encourage them to “take a shot” at it. When the realities of challenging work and determination set in, the student must embrace the rigor or step away. Why is this a tax-payer problem? If we are going to dole out all this money for a degree, then why not limit the funds to preparatory degrees from community TECH schools? Planning for a college degree should begin when the student is in high school, not when the student is twenty-years old and totally confused.
Amen. I estimate only about 10% of high school graduates are prepared for a rigorous major study program at a university that has not lowered its admission standards and performance standards to keep the revenue stream (tuition), that funds the salaries of tenured professors and coaches, coming in. Any high school grad who wants a good, secure income should look into becoming a welder, plumber, carpenter, HVAC service person, electrician, EV tech, or some other trade that will not be automated in the future.
Fix the HOPE program first. Unless they have changed it, you can go lollygag around for 3 semesters before getting kicked off HOPE. The Universsity system has gotten fat off that. There is a highschool GPA requirement for HOPE qualifying, but we know that is a joke too, depending on the school and how they teach to the lowest common denominator. Make HOPE a loan up front, and if you succeed in college, it is forgiven.