Capitol update from our Public Policy team regarding HB 249
House Higher Education Committee Chairman Chuck Martin recently introduced HB 249, a bill that would allow students to apply for college completion grants earlier on in their academic studies. This legislation would help Georgia’s undergraduate students overcome obstacles to graduation by allowing them to apply for need-based financial aid sooner in their academic careers.
Right now, students can apply for up to $2,500 in college completion grants if they have earned at least 80% of the credits they need to graduate. Chairman Martin’s proposal would expand eligibility to students who have completed 70% of their credit requirements if they’re enrolled in a 4-year program and 45% of their credit requirements if they’re enrolled in a 2-year program.