Arkansas House supports changes to way lottery-funded college scholarships are awarded

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The Arkansas House has approved two major changes to the way lottery-funded scholarships are awarded.

By a 64-23 vote, the House approved legislation that would cut the scholarships incoming freshmen would receive and base eligibility solely on standardized testing. A separate proposal to award the scholarships based on the number of credit hours earned by college students was approved on a 77-0 vote.

Both measures head to the Senate. The bill changing eligibility would take effect in the 2016-2017 school year, and the sponsor of the other measure said he'll amend it to take effect at the same time.

Arkansas voters approved the lottery in 2008 to raise money for scholarships. Supporters say the changes would be a backup if the games' revenue doesn't improve over the next year.

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