A+ Scholarship Program

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Aplus Scholarship Program

Have you graduated and successfully met the requirements from a designated A+ Missouri high school? The Missouri A+ Scholarship Program will help you continue your education at any public community college or technical school within the state of Missouri tuition free.

a plus orientation

Additional Aplus Orientation Nights will be offered in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.  We invite you to watch our Zoom recording of the Aplus Orientation held this past June.  The presentation reviews eligibility and renewal criteria for using the Aplus Program at SCC.

A+ Zoom Presentation - June 6, 2023

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Which FAFSA do I Complete?

The state of Missouri requires all Aplus eligible students to complete a FAFSA annually in order to utilize their Aplus Scholarship. Make sure that you are completing the appropriate FAFSA for the academic year in which you will be attending (see chart below). An academic year begins in fall and ends in summer. Make sure to add our FAFSA school code: 017027. Without the school code, SCC cannot view your FAFSA.


Which FAFSA?

FAFSA priority deadline

FA Checklist priority deadline

Fall 2023

2023-2024 Jun 1, 2023 Jul 1, 2023

Spring 2024


Nov 1, 2023

Dec 1, 2023

Summer 2024


Apr 1, 2024

May 1, 2024

Fall 2024


Jun 1, 2024

Jul 1, 2024

Everything you need to know about utilizing the A+ Scholarship at SCC

A+ New Student Checklist

  1. Complete an SCC Application for Admission.
  2. Have your official high school transcript with A+ seal graduation date sent to SCC.
  3. Complete the FAFSA application with SCC's school code (017027). Follow these deadlines for completing your FAFSA and you can avoid prepaying your tuition and fees:
    Academic Session Deadline
    Fall June 1
    Spring Nov 1
    Summer April 1
  4. Submit all verification documents, if selected by the Department of Education. (We will notify you via your mySCC Portal if your application must be verified prior to processing.)
  5. Submit official college transcripts if you are transferring to SCC from another institution. Transcripts must be evaluated for credit and a Request for Evaluation of Transfer Credit form must be completed.
  6. Sign and accept your FA Offer Letter.
  7. A+ scholarship recipients are required to enroll in the Nelnet Deferred Payment Plan. You are accepting your award as well as securing your class schedule when enrolling in the deferred payment plan. If you decide not to attend SCC after setting up Nelnet deferred, you will need to formally withdraw from classes before the end of the 100% refund period.

A+ Renewal Student Checklist

  1. Complete financial aid file, annually
    1. Current year FAFSA on file at SCC
    2. Any additional required documents
    3. Federal verification complete, if selected
    4. Be seeking a financial aid eligible degree or certificate at SCC
  2. Enroll in the Nelnet Deferred Payment Plan each semester to secure enrollment in courses
  3. Enroll and attend full-time
    1. Full-time = 12 or more credit hours in Fall/Spring semesters and 6 or more credit hours in Summer semesters
    2. Attending = Active participation/attendance in courses, includes all course formats (on-campus, online, remote). Courses reported as "Stopped Attending" or "Never Attended" are not counted in enrollment levels and are not eligible for A+ disbursement.
    3. Census date = The date used to verify enrollment and course eligibility. This information is used to calculate financial aid disbursements. The Main Term census date is approximately 4 weeks after the term start date. Mini term census dates are 15 days from the term start date.
    4. Courses must be required for your active degree program to be eligible for A+ disbursement
    5. Ineligible courses will count toward the full-time requirement, but will not be eligible for A+ disbursement
  4. Complete a full-time course load in the most recent prior term in which A+ funds were received
    1. Complete = letter grades A, B, C, D, F, P, R, I
    2. Full-time = 12 or more credit hours in Fall/Spring semesters and 6 or more credit hours in Summer semesters
  5. Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
    1. GPA can be monitored in Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) section of FA Checklist in Student Self-Service
    2. Updated at the end of each academic term
  6. Maintain a 67% cumulative completion rate
    1. Completion ratio can be monitored in Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) section of FA Checklist in Student Self-Service
    2. Updated at the end of each academic term

Part-Time Enrollment

  • The A+ Program requires full-time enrollment to be considered for funding
  • The A+ Program allows part-time enrollment exceptions for the below circumstances, only:
    1. ADA - Students granted reduced credit hour accommodations under the Title II Americans with Disabilities Act may be approved for an A+ part-time enrollment exception. These students must enroll in and complete a minimum of 6 credit hours in Fall/Spring semesters and 3 credit hours in Summer semesters. An ADA Letter must be submitted to the FA Office to document exception eligibility. Contact Disability Support Services to determine eligibility.
    2. All available hours - Students enrolled in all possible courses for their degree program, after all general education courses have been taken, may be eligible for an A+ part-time enrollment exception. This may include students in specialized programs that only require part-time enrollment within a term (Ex: Associate of Science - Nursing) or students preparing to graduate. Contact Nursing and Allied Health to determine eligibility, if enrolled in a Nursing and Allied Health program. Contact Academic Advising to determine eligibility, if graduating. An application for graduation must also be on file.

What Does Aplus Cover?

  • The A+ Scholarship pays for tuition and required fees associated with every credit hour (student technology fees and student success fee)
  • Tuition reimbursement is capped at the per-credit-hour rate charged by State Technical College of Missouri and can change annually. The maximum tuition rate is announced in late spring or early summer. The maximum rate for the 2023-2024 academic year (beginning Fall 2023) is $209 per credit hour.
  • Items not covered by A+:
    1. Textbooks are not covered by A+, including bookstore charges for digital access e-books
    2. Additional course or program-specific fees, including but not limited to science lab, studio art, allied health, and private music lesson fees, are not covered by A+
    3. Repeated coursework in which a grade was received is not covered by A+
    4. Coursework not required for a student's active degree program is not covered by A+

Pell MUST Pay First

  • The A+ Program covers the unpaid balance of your tuition and required fees (course-specific fees, such as lab fees, will not be covered) after all available non-loan, federal financial assistance, such as the Federal Pell Grant, has been applied to your account
  • This may result in a zero award if your Pell grant is sufficient to cover all tuition and general fee charges
  • Students who receive zero awards due to Pell, but otherwise qualify for A+, must meet all A+ renewal requirements to be considered for future A+ awards.

Repeat Courses

  • The A+ Program does not pay for repeat courses
    1. Repeat = Any course in which a standard letter grade (A, B, C, D, F, P, R, I) was previously received
  • Repeat credit hours will count toward the full-time credit hour requirement
  • Exception:
    1. A+ will pay for repeat attempts of courses previously completed in high school. These courses will only be approved if they are degree required and enrollment and attendance are verified.

Attendance and Withdrawals

  • Courses reported as "Stopped Attending" or "Never Attended" are not counted toward the full-time requirement and are not eligible for A+ funding. Students who fail to meet the full-time requirement will not receive an A+ disbursement. A snapshot of your enrollment status on the term's Census Date will determine if you have met the full-time requirement. Please see our dates and deadlines page for the current term's census date.
  • Dropped courses are not eligible for A+ funding - payment for dropped courses is the student's responsibility.
    1. If full-time enrollment is maintained after dropping a course(s), allowing you to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during a Fall/Spring semester or 6 credit hours during a Summer semester, A+ WILL NOT cover the cost of the withdrawn course(s). You are responsible for the tuition and fees for the withdrawn coursework and must make payment to SCC. Failure to pay for withdrawn course work will result in a hold being placed on your student account, prohibiting future registration and release of transcripts.
    2. You may be eligible to receive A+ funding in subsequent terms, provided you meet all renewal requirements and have remaining A+ benefits.
  • Exception
    1. If dropping a course(s) results part-time enrollment, preventing you from completing a minimum of 12 credit hours during a Fall/Spring semester or 6 credit hours during a Summer semester for which A+ was awarded, A+ WILL cover the cost of the withdrawn coursework, provided the course is eligible and you established active attendance/participation in the course on/after the term census date (end of 4th week of term).
    2. You will be placed on A+ Suspension for subsequent term(s). You will not be eligible to receive A+ funding while on A+ Suspension. You may re-establish A+ eligibility by making up the number of credit hours to meet the full-time requirement. You must also continue to meet all other A+ renewal requirements and have remaining A+ benefits.

A+ Summer Restrictions

  • Students cannot use their A+ eligibility as a visiting student during a summer term if they are enrolled at a four year institution. The ONLY exception is for the summer semester immediately following a student's high school graduation.
  • For Summer 2023 you will need to have your 2022-2023 FAFSA submitted to SCC by April 1st, 2023. 
  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 eligible credit hours.
  • Due to deadline constraints and heavy volume during the summer registration period, most new A+ students using benefits for a summer term will be on a reimbursement basis. Existing A+ students who have been degree seeking at SCC throughout the academic year may not need to pay upfront if they meet the above deadlines. 

Additional Information

  • A+ benefits will expire when the first of the following occurs:
    1. 48 months after high school graduation
    2. Completion of an Associate degree
    3. Max hours of 105% of required hours for declared active program has been reached
  • Visiting SCC students are not eligible for A+ Scholarship funding
  • A+ funding is only open to United States citizens or permanent residents
  • If you have been previously awarded A+ but no longer meet the renewal eligibility requirements, your A+ award will be removed. You will be responsible for any charges on your student account.
  • A+ communication to students will be made exclusively through SCC email and mySCC Alerts

Note: A+ awards are subject to the availability of funds from the appropriate agencies and the laws and regulations which govern these programs, and thus are subject to change. All awards are contingent on enrollment status, Satisfactory Academic Progress status and the receipt and evaluation of official transcripts from all previously attended institutions (including high school). You are responsible for reading, understanding and complying with the policies in the SCC A+ Program Guidelines. For more information you may also visit MDHE's A+ Scholarship Program information page.

A+ Scholarship FAQ

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