• A+ Scholarship Program

    What is the A+ Program?

    The A+ Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating community college or technical school. Additionally, some four-year Missouri colleges and universities offer an equivalency scholarship to A+ certified students.

    Guidelines for SJSD Students

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Enter into a written agreement with your high school stating your intent to participate in the A+ program.
    • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States (required by FAFSA).
    • Attend an A+ high school for two years prior to graduation.
    • Graduate with a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (non-weighted).
    • Maintain a 95% average attendance record for grades 9-12 (attendance is not rounded up).
    • Perform 50 documented hours of approved and unpaid tutoring and/or mentoring. 25% of hours can be obtained through job shadowing.
    • Establish a record of good citizenship and avoid the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol.
    • Make a good faith effort to secure all available federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (This is checked by the post secondary institution.)
    • Achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the official Algebra I end of course exam or attain a qualifying score on an approved standardized test.

    A+ funding is accessible when eligible students

    • are enrolled full-time at a participating public community college or vocational/technical two-year school or private vocational/technical two-year school.
    • are seeking a degree at the institution in which they are enrolled.
    • are not pursuing a degree in divinity or theology.
    • make a good faith effort to secure all available financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    The A+ Program pays for tuition and general fees after all available, non-loan federal assistance funding sources, such as Pell Grants, have been applied.

    • Funding for the A+ Program is contingent upon funding at the state level, as the Missouri Legislature appropriates the funding on a yearly basis.
    • Reimbursed funding may be reduced or eliminated if there is insufficient state funding.

    A student's A+ eligibility expires when the earliest of the following occurs:

    • 48 months after completion of high school coursework
    • completion of 105% of the hours required for the program in which the student is enrolled (including all developmental/remedial coursework and hours taken at any non-eligible A+ institution)
    • completion of an associate's degree