Students

A+ Program

The A+ Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools.


Program Eligibility High School Students:

  •  Be a U.S. or permanent resident.
  • Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
  • Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 years prior to graduation.
  • Graduate from an A+ designated high school with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.
  • Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing prior to graduation.
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12
  • Have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.

Renewal Students:

  • Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students, except for the 2.0 CGPA fall semester requirement.
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school.
  • Make a good faith effort to secure all available, non-loan federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)each academic year.  If you are attending a school that does not participate in Title IV programs you must complete the FAFSA4caster, which is a tool for estimating your level of need for federal financial aid.
  • Complete 12 semester credit hours or the equivalent (6 hours during the summer term) each term in which you receive an A+ award in order to maintain eligibility for the next term.  Students in clock hour programs must complete 90% of the clock hours required for the applicable federal payment period.

 Initial Postsecondary Students:

  • Enroll and attend full-time at a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or private two-year vocational/technical school. (Students who have a disability as defined by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and are unable to enroll full time because of their disability but are enrolled in at least six credit hours may be considered to be enrolled full time.
  • Be seeking a degree or certificate at the school in which you are enrolled.
  • Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.   
  • Not have a criminal record preventing receipt of federal Title IV student financial aid
  • Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are attending a school that does not participate in Title IV programs you must complete the FAFSA4caster, which is a tool for estimating your level of need for federal financial aid.
  • Achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point on a 4.0 scale at the end of the fall semester (or at the end of the initial payment period for non-semester- based programs) and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school.
  • Complete 12 semester credit hours or the equivalent (6 hours during the summer term) each term in which you receive an A+ award in order to maintain eligibility for the next term.  Students in clock hour programs must complete 90% of the clock hours required for the applicable federal payment period.


Additional eligibility information can be found at the Missouri Department of Higher Education website: A+ Scholarship Program


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