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GOP Plan Would Cap HOPE Awards

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to rescue Georgia's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship that would cap the awards so they no longer rise as tuition does, effectively ending a 20-year-old audacious promise: free public college tuition to any student who earned a B average or better.

Deal plans to announce the plan on Tuesday, says Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams.

Georgia's popular HOPE program is set to go broke by 2012, a victim of its own success after paying for more than 1 million students to attend college.

While the state's lottery proceeds have continued to grow, they haven't been able to keep pace with rising tuition and exploding student enrollment.