Overview 

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.
 

En un esfuerzo para mejorar las oportunidades educativas de los estudiantes de secundaria, la legislatura de Missouri estableció el Programa A+ como parte del Outstanding Schools Act (Proyecto de Ley 380) de 1993. Graduados que cumplen con los requisitos pueden tener derecho a ayuda financiera con la matrícula y otros gastos en cualquier universidad comunitaria pública o instituto vocacional o técnico público en el estado de Missouri, dependiendo de financiación continua por la legislatura del estado.

 

High School Students - Eligibility

1)       Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or lawfully present in the U.S.

2)       Enter into a written agreement with your high school prior to graduation.

3)       Attend a designated A+ high school for 3 consecutive years immediately prior to graduation.1

4)       Graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

5)       Have at least a 95% attendance record overall for grades 9-12.

6)       Perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, of which up to 25% may include job shadowing.

7)       Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.

8)       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 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.

 

Initial Postsecondary Students

1)      Enroll and attend full-time at aparticipating public community college or vocational/technical school, or private two-year vocational/technical school.

2)      Be seeking a degree or certificate at the school in which you are enrolled.2

3)      Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity.

4)      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.

 

Renewal Students

1)       Continue to meet the eligibility requirements for initial students.

2)       Maintain a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and otherwise maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your school.4

3)       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.

 

 Click here to find the list of Community Colleges and Vocational-Technical Schools that accept A+ funds in Missouri
Click here to find the list of 4-year colleges and universities that offer A+ recognition scholarships in Missouri

Site-Based A+ CoordinatorBuildingContact
Steven EvansLincoln   816.418.3000
Carolyn BoydCentral                            816.418.2000
Usha SahaNortheast816.418.3300
Elizabeth MarentesEast                  

816.418.3125                         

Andrew UrbanSouthwest 816.418.1800
Charles WaldeierPaseo816.418.2275  
Reginald BerryAC Prep816.418.1078