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Few students apply for new state loans
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ATLANTA — About a third of the students predicted applied for a new Georgia low-interest loan program.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that about 5,200 students applied for the program, when state officials expected as many as 15,000.

State lawmakers set aside $20 million this year for the program as part of an overhaul to the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship that cut back the awards for most students.

State officials say they are considering allowing students to continue applying for the loans because of the low response. The deadline was Friday.

The average loan award will be $3,500 with a maximum award of $10,000.

Loans will have a 1 percent interest rate. To qualify, students must graduate high school with a 2.5 GPA and maintain at least a 2.0 in college.


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