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Am I eligible?

To be eligible for assistance you must meet the following requirements:

      High School Students

        Initial Postsecondary

        Students

      Renewal Students
  • 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 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 or a higher level DESE approved end-of-course exam in the field of mathematics.3
  • 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 the Free 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. 

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.

2If you have already received an associate degree or baccalaureate degree you are not eligible for the A+ scholarship program.

32017 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 qualifying score on the COMPASS exam published by ACT, Inc. or have a combine ACT math score 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.

                        Exam                                  Minimum Score

COMPASS Pre-Algebra

43

COMPASS Algebra

1

OR

 

           ACT Math Score 
High School GPA
17
and
2.5 or greater
16
and
2.8 or greater
15
and
3.0 or greater

 

2018 seniors will not be able to establish eligibility based on a COMPASS score even if it has already been achieved.  The MDHE will announce the alternative methods for establishing eligibility that 2018 seniors may meet in spring 2017. 

 

2016 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 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 following table displays the qualifying scores for the 2016 high school seniors.

 

                        Exam                                  Minimum Score
ACT Math Subscore
17

COMPASS Pre-Algebra

43

COMPASS Algebra

1

 

4A renewal student is someone that has received an A+ payment, or who was eligible but whose award was reduced to zero after federal, non-loan aid was applied to tuition and fees, 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 but you must meet the GPA requirement defined in your school’s satisfactory academic progress policy.

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