October 23, 2011
Atlanta Colleges Strive to Outrun the Recession
Region's 11-percent unemployment means layoffs and scholarship cuts
Bob Andres, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, AP Images
"The economy blows."
That's Ariel Stitt's take. She lays her textbook flat on a table in the crowded student center at Georgia Perimeter College's campus here and then continues: "The HOPE Scholarship got cut, so a lot of students got their HOPE taken away, or got a traumatic cut. One of my best friends' parents' house was foreclosed, so they moved back to New York. And gas prices—OMG! I used to have an SUV, and I could spend $240 to $260 a month on gas."
"Now I have to