State Representative Matt Dollar promotes HOPE bill
by Marietta Daily Journal Staff
February 27, 2013 10:19 AM | 1510 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

State Rep. Matt Dollar (R-Marietta) introduced a bill Tuesday that would remove the new requirement that HOPE scholars have to fill out the lengthy and invasive Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

“This change will make the process much easier for HOPE scholars and their families,” said Dollar.

A recently enacted Georgia law now requires all state agencies to verify the lawful presence of any individual who applies for a public benefit. This law provides an exemption for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia because these state institutions already verify that their students are lawfully present in the United States. Although the Georgia Student Finance Commission, like USG and TCSG, is required to verify the lawful presence of students receiving public benefits, like HOPE, in accordance with federal law, the GSFC is not exempt from the state law.

“The law currently requires GSFC to waste state resources by annually re-verifying more than 210,000 students enrolled in Georgia’s colleges, universities, and technical schools who have already been verified as lawfully present by the USG and TCSG,” Dollar said.

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Pat H
February 27, 2013
Too much trouble to verify that you are here in the US legally? Giving away Hope scholarship money should at the very least require that.

If someone cannot verify their legal presence, then they are too stupid to go to college.
February 27, 2013
Thank you Matt for introducing this bill. Again, too much govt. regulation. Let the HOPE work as it has in the past. Just one more bureaucratic hoop to have to jump into.
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