Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Lottery Scholarship Changes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 5:54 pm  

A spokesman for Beebe said the governor was comfortable with the bill partly because it won't affect the students currently in the program.

"The key piece to him is that the students in the pipeline now won't have their scholarships affected," Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said. "He's said from the get-go, once they're in school, you shouldn't go back on what you promised them they would get."

The proposal also increases from $12 million to $16 million the aggregate amount of scholarships the state can fund for nontraditional students - those who did not enroll in college immediately following high school.

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