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More Than 700 Arkansas Students Lose College Scholarships

734 students have been told their scholarships are gone, cut because they didn't achieve "academic progress" required under Act 1106, which passed during the last legislative session.
Little Rock -- (KARK) 734 students have been told their scholarships are gone, cut because they didn't achieve "academic progress" required under Act 1106, which passed during the last legislative session.

"The concern was there maybe some students who enroll, take the scholarship and never go to class," said Shane Broadway, Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Under the law, students who didn't earn any credits during the fall are not eligible for scholarship money this spring.

"In the course of saving the state money, what you also do is add economic hardship for some of our students," said State Representative Frederick Love who voted against the bill. Now that it's law, he worries about the impact.

"Some have a difficult time transitioning from high school to college," Love said.

Broadway says there is an appeals process in place for students with a hardship. Students who lose the scholarship can earn it back if they find other means to pay for and then pass courses.

Still, representative Love worries some will get lost in the process. Some like himself who struggle with their first year college-level courses.

"If this was in place when I was there, I possibly wouldn't be here in the capital today," he said.

News of the savings will be welcomed by those watching the scholarship budget. The state lottery director said last week he will likely revise downward the amount of money the lottery will take in this fiscal year for college scholarships.
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