In an effort to enhance educational opportunities for high school students, the Missouri Legislature established the A+ Schools Program as part of the Outstanding Schools Act (Senate Bill 380) of 1993. Graduates who qualify may be eligible to receive financial assistance with tuition and fees to any public community college, vocational, or technical school in the state of Missouri, contingent upon continued funding by the Missouri Legislature.
Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.
Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.
Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive 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.
Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.
Beginning with the high school senior class of 2015, have achieved a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end of course exam.3
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.
3Beginning in 2015, 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 the mathematics component of the ACT test. 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. The MDHE will announce the qualifying COMPASS and ACT scores annually. The following table displays the qualifying scores for the 2015 and 2016 high school seniors.
First-Time Postsecondary Students
Enroll and attend full-time at a participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or private two-year vocational/technical school.
Be seeking a degree or certificate at the school in which you are enrolled.2
Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.
Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing theFree 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.
2If you have already received an associate degree or baccalaureate degree you are not eligible for the A+ scholarship program.
Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students.
Maintain a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school.4
Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing theFree 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 theFAFSA4caster, which is a tool for estimating your level of need for federal financial aid.
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.
Students choosing to tutor mentor K-6 students through the LINC caring communities after-school must first complete this tutor mentor assessment form. Take this form with you to the on-site LINC coordinator.
A list of 4-year institutions that may offer scholarships for students who met the A+ eligibility requirements and plan to attend the university. You will need to contact the university directly to get the most current information.
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