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Missouri A+ 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 2011-2012 academic year, unless otherwise noted.

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Eligible A+ Community Colleges and Vocational Technical Schools


As A+ Coordinator, I want to provide you with some information regarding your student’s eligibility status for the A+ program,  resources to assist your student in utilizing their A+ benefits, and make you aware of some changes to the A+ Program that were implemented by the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) in January 2012.

For students to be eligible for A+ Program benefits, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend an A+ high school for six consecutive semesters prior to graduation (grades 10-12)
  • Complete an A+ agreement form
  • Graduate with an unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate with at least a 95% cumulative attendance record for grades 9-12
  • Perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring
  • Class of 2015 and beyond: Receive a score of Proficient or Advanced on the Algebra I EOC
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the use of alcohol and unlawful drugs
  • Apply for non-pay back scholarships by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Male students must register with the Selective Service


In the last mailing, I included an A+ Status Report to help you see where your student stands in regards to their A+ eligibility.  Any senior student not meeting the attendance requirement of 95% will be notified by April 1st and will have the opportunity to complete and turn in an A+ Attendance Appeal by April 15th.  The appeal process is outlined in the A+ Student Handbook.


The A+ Program pays for tuition and general fees at any Missouri public community college, vocational, or technical school.  It does not cover the cost of books or any individual course fees, like those you may find with specific programs like nursing.  The chart below helps to clarify how federal and state grants are applied to the student’s tuition in combination with A+ Program benefits.

If you are receiving full tuition through Federal/State grants, this covers:

  • Full tuition
  • Standard fees
  • Individual Course fees

No A+ Benefits will be applied to student account.

If you are receiving partial tuition through Federal/State grants, this covers:

  • Partial tuition with the remaining tuition balance covered by A+ benefits
  • A+ pays standard fees

If you are not eligible for Federal/State grants:

  • A+ pays tuition
  • A+ pays standard fees


A+ Student pays:

  • Books & Supplies


A+ Student pays:

  • Individual Course fees †
  • Books & Supplies


A+ Student pays:

  • Individual Course fees†
    Books & Supplies


Eligibility for Federal/State grants is determined by information submitted on the FAFSA.



Recently the MDHE made a change to the program that will affect our students.   They placed a cap on the maximum amount of $149 per credit hour that the A+ program will pay for a student’s tuition.  Most of the eligible schools are at or below this rate with the exception of Metropolitan Community Colleges.   Students who reside outside of Jackson County are considered Out-of-District students for MCC and are charged a tuition rate of $156 per credit hour.  This means an A+ eligible student who is considered Out-of-District would be required to pay the difference of $7 per credit hour.  On average, students can expect to pay $105 for 15 credit hours per semester. 

The MDHE also changed the length of time a student may use his/her A+ benefits from 2 years (or 6 semesters) to until he/she have completed one hundred and five (105) percent of the hours required for the program in which he/she are currently enrolled or he/she complete a degree or certificate, whichever occurs first. The 105% is typically equal to 3 credit hours beyond the required hours for the degree or certificate.  Due to this change, it is possible for a student to have to pay for classes taken at the end of their program if they are required to take more than one developmental/remedial course at the beginning.  The 105% consists of any hours including developmental/remedial hours taken at the post-secondary institution, as well as any hours that the student transfers in from other institutions, A+ eligible or not.  The 105% excludes any college hours that were completed prior to high school graduation, including dual credit, dual enrollment, technical education articulation, and Advanced Placement.

In order to maintain A+ benefits in college, a student must complete his/her coursework with a 2.5 GPA and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by their college (please check with your college for their definition).  Tuition will be covered for completed coursework, including any remedial coursework, for which a standard grade was assigned and that is required by the institution for the completion of the degree or certificate.  Tuition will not be covered for any repeated courses.  If a student drops or withdrawals from a course (after the 100% refund period) that A+ funds have paid for, their A+ benefits will be reduced by the cost of that course for the following term.

Current seniors who are planning to use their A+ benefits at any of the MCC campuses are encouraged to attend an A+ Workshop on March 15th from 6-8:30pm at the Blue River campus.  The focus of this workshop will be maintaining A+ benefits.  Metropolitan Community College also offers an A+ Orientation course in August for college credit which is covered by A+ funds.  This 4-day course covers information to help your student maintain A+ eligibility as well as general tips to be successful in college.

Current seniors who are planning to use their A+ benefits at State Fair Community College are encouraged to attend a FAFSA completion meeting on March 15 at 5 pm on the State Fair campus.  The focus of this meeting will be the completion of the FAFSA, but A+ questions may be asked of the presenters.

One of the most frequently asked questions comes from students planning to attend a four-year institution in the fall but would like to know if they could take courses at a community college during the summer and use A+ benefits.  This is possible for the summer directly after a student graduates but is much more difficult for any subsequent summers unless the student plans to transfer full time to the community college.  Summer financial aid is tied to the current school year, so in order for your student to use A+ benefits they would need to complete the FAFSA forms for both the current and following school year (i.e. 2011-2012 and 2012-2013). Please contact the financial aid office of the community college for further information.

The A+ program is an excellent opportunity for our students to continue their education at a very minimal cost.  If you have any questions regarding the A+ program, please feel free to contact me anytime.



Darrell Jeffries

A+ Coordinator, Lafayette County C-1