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A+ Schools Program

The A+ Scholarship 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. 

A+ Eligibility Requirements
  • 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 prior to graduation.
  • Graduate from an A+ designated high school 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. 
  • Maintain a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol while in grades 9-12.
  • Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • 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.
    • 2018 and 2019 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.
  • Male Students over the age of 18 must register with Selective Service

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
For more information please visit the MO Department of Higher Education A+ Webpage.

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