A+ Schools Program
You’ve worked hard throughout your high school career to earn the distinction of Missouri A+ Scholar. So when you’re choosing where you want to spend your first two years of college, pick a school that will work just as hard for you.
A+ Student, A+ College
Achieve your educational goals with two years at STLCC with the Missouri A+ Schools program.
The program covers the cost of college tuition for up to 18-credit hours per semester, minus any Pell grants or non-loan federal aid. After completing your associate degree, you can move on to a four-year college or begin your career.
Using A+ at STLCC
Follow these step-by-step instructions to attend STLCC using the Missouri A+ program.
- Apply to STLCC
- Complete Accuplacer or ACT test
- Apply for financial aid
- Complete registration and enroll for classes
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
- Renew participation as required
Eligible Programs of Study
A+ eligible students must enroll in a degree program of study leading to a Certificate, an Associate in Applied Science degree, or an Associate in Arts degree. Admission to STLCC does not guarantee acceptance into all programs of study.
Timeline Eligibility for A+ Student
A+ eligible students may receive financial incentives for up to a maximum of six (6) academic terms in which they pursue an approved STLCC program of study. Terms include fall/spring semesters and summer term. Students have forty-eight (48) months to use their six (6) terms of eligibility beginning with their class graduation date, or the completion of their first associate degree.
Items Covered by A+ Funds
The A+ program will cover maintenance fees. Certain items such as lab fees, supplemental textbooks and supply items will not be covered. Students will be responsible for these costs.
A+ and Federal Financial Aid
Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. Check with the Financial Aid office for specific deadlines. If students are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant or any other form of federal assistance that does not require repayment as determined by the FAFSA, these funds will be applied to the student's STLCC account first.
Students may begin initial enrollment at STLCC during the semester/term (i.e. fall or spring) following the official spring graduation date of their respective senior class. Students must be enrolled full time (minimum 12 credit hours) during the fall and spring semesters. Should students enroll in the summer session, they must follow the STLCC policy concerning full-time status, six (6) hours during this term and may have to be handled as a reimbursement.
Continuing Eligibility Requirements
Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours (full time) per semester for fall and spring or the equivalent for summer term. A 2.5 cumulative GPA, on a 4.0 scale, must also be maintained.
A+ students who do not complete required credit hours for full-time student status and/or have a cumulative GPA below 2.5, or receive an "I" or "PR" on their grade card will lose eligibility for A+ funding.
Reinstatement of Eligibility
A+ students who have lost eligibility for funding may be reinstated if they enroll in subsequent terms and earn sufficient credit hours and/or cumulative GPA to remove the deficits. Students are responsible for all costs incurred during terms of enrollment in which reinstatement is being sought. Once the deficits have been removed, and prior to enrollment as an A+ student, they must notify the Financial Aid office and request reinstatement by the current deadline.
Transfer from an Ineligible Institution to STLCC
A+ students who transfer from an ineligible postsecondary institution to STLCC may qualify for A+ funding if they meet all A+ requirements for continuation of eligibility. GPA and credit hours earned will be used to determine eligibility. Students who fail to meet A+ requirements will need to meet the reinstatement qualifications.
Transfer from an Eligible Institution to STLCC
A+ students who transfer from an eligible postsecondary institution to STLCC may qualify for A+ funding if they meet all A+ requirements for continuation of eligibility. GPA and credit hours earned with A+ funding will be used to determine eligibility. Students who fail to meet A+ requirements will need to meet the reinstatement qualifications.
High School Dual College Credit
High school dual college credit courses are not eligible for A+ funding. Credits earned from previous dual credit classes will not be calculated in cumulative GPA for purposes of A+ eligibility.
Concurrent Enrollment at Eligible Post Secondary Institutions
Students may be concurrently enrolled at eligible postsecondary institutions and receive A+ funding if they meet all A+ student requirements of STLCC.
Special Needs Students
The number of credit hours required and other accommodations may be made as deemed appropriate by the counselor for special needs students.
Students Enrolled in Developmental Courses
Developmental courses at STLCC such as ENG:020, RDG:020 and MTH: 020 qualify for A+ funding.
....about A+ Schools
Does this program sound like a good fit for you and you’d like to learn more? Visit the A+ program website to learn more about the requirements of the program and how you may qualify.
….about enrolling in A+ program
If you’re ready to get started with the A+ program, contact your high school counselor. They will help you take the first steps toward getting into the program.
...about attending STLCC through the Missouri A+ program
Have questions about life at STLCC, using A+ or any other questions? Get in touch with our Admissions and Enrollment Services department.