New requirements announced for A+ scholarship students

aplusThe Missouri Department of Higher Education has adopted new requirements for students who receive A+ scholarships. The goal is to avoid a state budget shortfall for the scholarship program.

To be eligible for an A+ scholarship, Missouri high school students must graduate with at least a 2.5 GPA, have at least a 95 percent attendance record, and perform at least 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring, among other requirements. In return, they will be reimbursed for their tuition and fees at certain Missouri community colleges (including MCC) and vo-tech schools.

The new requirements call for A+ students in their first semester of college to complete 12 credit hours with an overall GPA of at least 2.0.

According to the Missouri Community College Association:

The (A+) program faced potential budget shortfalls earlier this year and is expected to experience shortfalls in the future. To address the projected shortfalls, MCCA developed and recommended two cost saving measures that were adopted by the Department of Higher Education (Sept. 3).

Going forward, in addition to existing eligibility requirements, MCCA recommended that students be required to complete 12 credit hours and earn a 2.0 GPA by the end of their initial semester to receive A+ funds. Currently, students must enroll in, not necessarily complete, 12 credit hours, but do not have to meet any GPA requirement in their first term. Students will still be required to graduate high school with a 2.5 GPA and will have to earn a 2.5 GPA averaged over the full academic year. The new requirements are expected to save the A+ program a projected $1.36 million by the spring term.

About 13,000 students across Missouri currently benefit from the A+ program. In Fall 2014, MCC had 1,254 students taking advantage of the A+ scholarships.

Click here for information on how the A+ program works at MCC.