Amanda Mull, staff writer at The Atlantic
, went to a public, in-state university — the University of Georgia — and graduated with zero debt, thanks to the HOPE Scholarship Program
, a program in Georgia that assists students who meet certain GPA thresholds with tuition costs. “I didn’t have to take out any student loans. I knew people at UGA who had student loans for living expenses and things like that, but I didn’t know anybody who had this sort of high, five- to six-figure loans that are really common among people who went to private schools,” Mull tells Refinery29. “I went essentially for free.” Other states have similar scholarship programs
, including California, Louisiana, Missouri, and South Carolina. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and New Mexico fund student scholarships through state lottery winnings.