A+ Scholarship Program
This 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. The information on this page is effective for the 2012-2013 academic year, unless otherwise noted.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:
High School Students
Initial Postsecondary Students
1If 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.
2If you have already received an associate degree or baccalaureate degree you are not eligible for the A+ scholarship program.
3Beginning in 2015, if you meet all of the eligibility requirements except the Algebra I end of course requirement, you may establish eligibility by completing your first semester at a participating school with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours or the equivalent and a 2.5 grade point average.
4A renewal student is someone that has received an A+ payment 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 minimum GPA requirement.
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 Linn State Technical College. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the maximum rate is $155 per credit hour or $4.10 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.
- The amount of reimbursement paid for coursework for which a standard grade was not assigned (dropped coursework), including coursework in a withdrawn status, may be deducted from subsequent reimbursement requests.
- Repeat coursework, which includes courses for which you have already received a grade (including a failing grade), will not be reimbursed.
- 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.
How can I apply?
You do not have to complete a paper A+ Scholarship application for the MDHE. Check with your community college or vocational/technical school to see what materials they require in order to confirm your A+ eligibility. In most cases your school will require at least an A+ seal/stamp on your high school transcript.
In addition, you must complete the FAFSA each 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.
The MDHE receives electronic FAFSA records for Missouri residents directly from the federal government. Late filing may jeopardize your payment as well as eligibility for other state aid programs.
For the summer semester, check with the school you are attending to see which academic year (July 1 to June 30) contains the summer term. For example, if the 2012 summer semester is part of the upcoming academic year (called a “header”), you would need to file a 2012-2013 FAFSA in order to receive a summer award. If the 2012 summer semester is part of the prior academic year (called a “trailer”), you will need to file a 2011-2012 FAFSA before June 15, 2012.
Although you must file a FAFSA for the correct academic year based on your school’s academic year, the MDHE will always provide funding for the summer term after July 1, even if your school considers summer to be a trailer to the previous academic year.
How will I know if I am eligible?
The MDHE does not provide notice to students of eligibility. Contact your high school A+ Coordinator for your eligibility status based on the high school eligibility criteria. Contact the financial aid office at the school you attend for your postsecondary eligibility status.
How will I receive my award?
Your community college or vocational/technical school will submit a reimbursement request to the MDHE by the deadlines established for each term (summer, fall and spring). The MDHE will then disburse the funds to the school and the school will apply the funds to your account.
How long can I receive an award?
Your eligibility expires when the earliest of the following occurs:
- 48 months after completion of high school coursework as documented by the graduation date on your high school transcript.
- Students providing service to any branch of the U.S. armed forces can defer their eligibility beyond the 48 months if they return to full-time status within 12 months of the end of their military service.
- 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 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 completed before high school graduation, including (but not limited to): dual credit, dual enrollment, technical education articulation, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
- Hours from a non-participating school not accepted in transfer by a participating school
How do I renew my award?
You may renew your award annually. To renew you must complete the FAFSA, or FAFSA4caster if applicable, each year in order to make a good faith effort to secure a Pell grant or other federal aid and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.
How do I transfer my award?
If you choose to transfer to a different participating Missouri school, either between academic years or semesters, you must contact the MDHE at (800) 473-6757, option 4. Failure to notify the MDHE of the transfer may reduce the total amount you receive under the scholarship.
Can the scholarship be deferred?
If you are unable to attend school due to active duty service to any branch of the armed forces of the United States, you may qualify for a deferment of your scholarship eligibility. You must submit a written request for deferment to:
Missouri Department of Higher Education
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469