A+Plus and Post-High School Financial Aid

The A+Plus program was created by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. If students meet the requirements of the A+Plus program upon graduation, then they qualify for state-paid financial assistance to attend any public community college of vocational/technical school in Missouri. Currently these funds may only be accessed after a student graduates from high school. Once a student has completed an Associate’s Degree, their eligibility utilize A+Plus funds terminates. By participating in the Early College Program, students who complete their Associate’s Degree will lose the ability to use A+Plus funds. Furthermore, students who complete the Lane 1 (Core 42) option will only be able to use A+Plus funds to financially assist the remainder of the credit hours necessary or them to earn an Associate’s Degree.

In addition, while most 4-year colleges and universities award financial aid packages that cover 4 years of a student’s attendance at that institution, some schools may limit financial aid packages if incoming students have earned a significant number of credit hours. Students and families are strongly encouraged to check with prospective colleges and universities to see if their participation in the Early College Program will impact their ability to earn financial aid.

Students and families will need to consider these impacts as they balance the benefits of the Early College Program with their educational and financial post-high school plans.

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