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A+ Program

About Grandview High School A+:

Students graduating from a designated Missouri A+ School may qualify to receive financial aid for 48-hours of college credit. To be eligible, each student must have entered into a written agreement with the school prior to high school graduation and:
 
1. Attended a designated A+ School for three consecutive years prior to high school graduation.

2. Graduated from high school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
 
3. Maintained at least a 95% attendance record.
 
4. Performed at least 50 hours of unpaid, school-based tutoring or mentoring for younger students.
 
5. Maintained a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of drugs.

6. Beginning with the class of 2015, students must score proficient or advanced on the Algebra I End of Course Exam (this requirement may be waived after completing one semester of post-secondary education with a 2.5 GPA or better).
 
7. Male students at 18 years of age must register with the selective service.

8. Make a documented, good faith effort to secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment (FAFSA).
 
Financial Incentive: 
The student financial incentive will be available for a period of four years after high school graduation. To maintain eligibility during that time, each participating student must enroll and attend a Missouri public community college or vocational/technical school on a full-time basis and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The student financial incentive program is dependent upon funding from the state of Missouri.
 
Student Incentive. Qualified A+ graduates will be eligible to receive the following:
  • Tuition and general fees to attend any public community college (some four year schools accept 
  • A+ funds for the first two years),vocational school or technical school in the State of Missouri for two years.
  • The financial incentives will be available only after the student has made a documented effort to secure any available post secondary student financial assistance funds that do not require repayment (See above section).
  • The tuition incentives will only be made available to reimburse the unpaid balance of the cost of tuition and general fees after available federal financial aid funds have been applied to those costs.
  • Students will be eligible to receive financial incentives for two years if they are enrolled as a full-time student (12 hours or more) and maintain a 2.5 GPA in the post secondary setting.
  • Private scholarships will not affect eligibility for the A+ Program, nor will they reduce the States’ responsibility to a college or technical school.
  • Students must complete the two years of full time enrollment at a community college or public vocational / technical school within four years of graduating from Grandview High School.
 
Financial need is not a factor in determining eligibility for the A+ Program.
 
Announcements
 

A+ Alternative to the Algebra I EOC Requirement for 2018 Seniors

 

 

Each spring, during A+ students’ junior year, the Missouri Department of Higher Education announces the alternative(s) available for those who do not achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I end-of-course exam. This announcement allows the juniors sufficient time to establish eligibility before graduation. In keeping with this policy, this message provides information about the Algebra I EOC alternative for the 2017 juniors in the graduating class of 2018.

 

The 2018 high school seniors who do not achieve a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I EOC, or a higher level math EOC approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, must have a combined ACT math score and high school GPA in accordance with the following scale:

 

ACT Math Score

 

High School GPA

17 or greater

and

2.5 or greater

16

and

2.8 or greater

15

and

3.0 or greater

 

This scale reflects placement practices in use by some institutions. It also recognizes that student success may be predicted by more than a single test score.

 

Although the COMPASS exam has historically been an alternative to the Algebra I EOC requirement, that exam is not an option for the 2018 seniors as a result of ACT’s complete phase-out of the exam in November 2016. Since it is extremely difficult to accurately equate a placement exam score with a score of proficient or advanced on the Algebra I EOC, the COMPASS exam will not be replaced with other placement exams, such as Accuplacer, as an alternative to the A+ Algebra I EOC requirement. As a result, the ACT math/high school GPA scale is the only alternative to the Algebra I EOC requirement available to the 2018 seniors. In addition, it is the only path to eligibility for the majority of private high school students who do not have access to the state’s end-of-course exams.

 

The scale only applies to students who do not have a qualifying score on the Algebra I EOC, or a higher level math EOC approved by DESE. This means students who have achieved a qualifying EOC score are not required to meet the alternative scale’s criteria, although they still must meet the program’s requisite minimum 2.5 GPA. This includes private high school students that transferred from a public high school after receiving a qualifying score on the Algebra I, or a higher level math, EOC.

 

The Algebra I EOC alternatives available for the 2017 seniors are available on MDHE’s website, which has also been updated with the information above for the 2018 seniors. The alternative(s) for the 2019 seniors will be announced in spring 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

Connie Bestgen, financial aid specialist

800-473-6757, option 4, 573-751-1772, or connie.bestgen@dhe.mo.gov

 

Amy Haller, financial aid specialist - 573-526-7958 or amy.haller@dhe.mo.gov

 

Kelli Reed, student assistance associate - 573-751-2444 or kelli.reed@dhe.mo.gov