The plan from Republican Gov. Nathan Deal flew through a pair of committee hearings last week. It has bipartisan support.
Under the proposal, HOPE would pay for full public college tuition for students who earn a 3.7 grade point average or better, and who also receive at least a 1200 on the SAT. That's roughly 10 percent of current HOPE recipients. Students with at least a 3.0 grade point average would next year receive 90 percent of their tuition.
The popular program had been set to go broke as skyrocketing enrollment and rising tuition outpaced lottery revenue.