The A+ program received backing from lawmakers that positions the program to continue to help MCC students fund their education at community colleges in the future. Governor Jay Nixon signed the budget bill on May 8, 2015 that added two million dollars into the fund for the 2016 budget. Allocation for the A+ program is now higher than it’s ever been.
The A+ program allows students to attend a community college with the cost of tuition and fees covered. The program was adopted as a school-improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 and has helped thousands of Missouri students. According to Missouri Department of Higher Education, about 14,000 Missouri students were awarded A+ funding for the 2014-2015 school year compared to 12,500 during the 2013-2014 year. With the General Assembly adding two million dollars in to the fund, A+ students were able to receive the full scholarship amount for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The program received more funding this year while other state scholarship programs did not, highlighting the importance of this program at the legislative level. With the continued growth, great efforts are being made to improve the A+ program. More structured requirements have been set and Chancellor Mark James has been working with the Missouri Community College Association and legislators to ensure shortcomings are not a problem for future generations.
James said, “The students demonstrated hard work and dedication to meet A+ requirements and it is imperative that we provide the educational opportunities they were promised. MCC is committed to helping students achieve their higher education goals and we encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities the A+ program offers.”
For more information on the A+ program, please visit the MCC financial aid site.