A+ Information

Contact Dr. Allison Murphy-Pope or Mrs. Marsha Burton-High for more information.

Am I eligible?

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
  • Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 years immediately prior to graduation.1
  • Graduate 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. 2
  • 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.

Initial Post-Secondary 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.4
  • 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.
  • Beginning with the Fall 2016 term, 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.

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 yourschool.5
  • 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.
  • Beginning with the Fall 2016 term, 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.

https://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php

If one of your parents is a member of the military on active duty or has retired from the military and relocated to Missouri within one year of their retirement, you are exempt from this requirement. However, you must attend an A+ designated high school in the school year immediately preceding graduation and meet all of the other high school eligibility requirements.

High school policy may allow this criterion to be met up to 6 months beyond high school graduation in exceptional circumstances. Check with your high school’s A+ coordinator to see if this is an option.

2018 High School seniors - If you meet all of the eligibility requirements except the end of course exam requirement, you may establish eligibility by achieving a combined ACT math subscore and high school GPA in accordance with the following scale. You may achieve the qualifying score as a high school or postsecondary student. If you achieve the score as a postsecondary student you may be eligible for an award in the same term that you take the test.

2017 High School Seniors - If you meet all of the eligibility requirements except the end of course exam requirement, you may establish eligibility by achieving a qualifying score on the COMPASS exam published by ACT, Inc. or have a combined ACT math subscore and high school GPA in accordance with the following scale. You may achieve the qualifying score as a high school or postsecondary student. If you achieve the score as a postsecondary student you may be eligible for an award in the same term that you take the test.

If you have already received an associate degree or baccalaureate degree you are not eligible for the A+ scholarship program.

A renewal student is someone that has received an A+ payment, or who was eligible but whose award was reduced to zero after federal, non-loan aid was applied to tuition and fees, in a prior academic year. If this is the first academic year in which you have received an A+ payment, you are not subject to the renewal 2.5 minimum GPA requirement but you must achieve at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average by the end of the fall term, or the end of the initial payment period for non-semester based programs.

How much can I receive?

The scholarship will reimburse, within the limits described in the following paragraph, the unpaid balance of your tuition and general fees after all available, non-loan federal financial assistance, such as the federal Pell grant, has been applied to your account. This may result in a zero award if your Pell grant is sufficient to cover all tuition and general fee charges. General fees are fees that are charged to all students and do not include fees specific to an individual program or group of students.

The tuition amount eligible for reimbursement is capped at the published standard per credit hour tuition rate charged by State Technical College of Missouri. The reimbursement cap is subject to change annually as tuition rates change. The maximum reimbursement rate is announced in late spring or early summer each year. For the 2017-18 academic year, the maximum rate is $166.00 per credit hour or $4.50 per clock-hour.

The amount reimbursed may be reduced if there are insufficient state appropriations. The following factors may also affect the amount you are eligible to receive:

  • Reimbursement will be made for completed coursework, including remedial coursework, for which a standard grade was assigned and that is required by your school for the completion of the degree or certificate. For A+ Scholarship purposes, a grade of Incomplete is considered a standard grade.
  • Coursework that is part of a higher level certificate or degree program taken after receipt of a certificate will be reimbursed if it is related to the original certificate.
  • The amount of reimbursement paid for coursework for which a standard grade was not assigned (dropped coursework), including coursework from which you officially or unofficially withdrew, will not be reimbursed if you complete 12 semester credit hours (6 in summer). Dropped coursework will be reimbursed if you complete fewer than 12 semester credit hours (6 in summer) because you will be ineligible for A+ until the dropped hours are completed. For example, if you enroll in 15 hours but only complete 12, A+ will not pay for the 3 hours that were dropped. If you enroll in 15 hours but only complete 9, A+ will pay for all 15 hours but you will be ineligible for A+ until you have completed at least 3 hours (9+3=12 hour completion requirement).
  • Repeat coursework, which includes courses for which you have already received a grade (including a failing grade), will not be reimbursed.

How long can I receive the award?

Your eligibility expires when the earliest of the following occurs:

  • 48 months after the graduation date documented on your high school transcript.
      • Students providing service to any branch of the U.S. armed forces can defer their eligibility (see “Can the scholarship be deferred?” below).
      • Students graduating from high school in mid-year may be eligible for a spring award if their high school transcripts indicate the mid-year graduation date.
  • Receipt of an associate’s degree
  • Completion of 105% of the hours required for the program in which you are currently enrolled

105% includes the following:

  • All hours, including developmental/remedial hours, taken at your current A+ eligible school
  • All known hours, including developmental/remedial hours, taken at any other A+ eligible school
  • Hours taken at any non-eligible A+ school, including out-of-state schools, that your current school accepts in transfer

105% excludes the following:

  • Hours earned for work performed before high school graduation, including (but not limited to): dual credit, dual enrollment, technical education articulation, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
  • Hours from a non-eligible school not accepted in transfer by your current school

If you complete a certificate and progress to a higher-level certificate or degree in a related field, the 105% calculation will include:

    • Hours earned at any institution (A+ eligible or non-eligible) prior to receipt of the initial certificate that transfer into the new program
    • Hours taken at any A+ eligible school, including your current school, after receipt of the initial certificate. This includes any developmental/remedial hours completed.
    • Hours taken at any non-eligible A+ school, including out-of-state schools, after receipt of the initial certificate and that your current school accepts in transfer.

After receipt of an initial certificate, the 105% will not include:

    • Hours earned for work performed before high school graduation, including (but not limited to): dual credit, dual enrollment, technical education articulation, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
    • Hours completed at any institution (A+ eligible or non-eligible) before receipt of the initial certificate that do not transfer into the new program.
    • Hours taken at any non-eligible A+ school, including out-of-state schools, after receipt of the initial certificate and that your current school does not accept in transfer.

Missouri Department of Higher Education

ATTN: A+

P.O. Box 1469

Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469

https://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php