Corey Boone was planning to graduate from Georgia Tech in December, but that was before state lawmakers revamped the HOPE scholarship.
Beginning in August, the scholarship will provide less money to all but the highest-performing students.
The change means Boone would need a loan to pay for fall semester. Instead, he’s taking a full load of classes this summer, while HOPE still covers all tuition, so he can graduate early and most importantly, without any debt.
Across the state, some students, such as Boone, are rushing to get as many credits as they can during the final days of full HOPE. While final numbers won’t be in for months, colleges are seeing a modest uptick in summer school enrollment.