Using the Grant Benefits
If you graduate from LSW with A+ status you have earned A+ grant benefits to use to continue your education. An important reminder: the grant money comes from the Missouri State Legislature. The amount of money or continuation of the A+ Program is at the sole discretion of Missouri Legislatures.
Currently, A+ grant benefits will only be made available to reimburse the unpaid balance of the cost of tuition. This is subject to legislative appropriation after the federal post-secondary student financial assistance funds have been applied to these costs. If additional changes must be made to the above incentives due to legislative appropriation, DESE will endeavor to reimburse: The full amount of tuition.
Where are these A+ Grant Benefits accepted?
You may use your A+ grant benefits at any Missouri public community college or technical or vocational school. The benefits will help with the cost of six semesters of fees (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring, Summer) or the completion of a degree program, whichever comes first.
The benefits are available to qualified student for up to four years after his/her high school graduation. You may work for a while and then attend community college or a vocational/technical school. Or you may attend another college or university and then return to a community college or vocational school on a full-time basis and use your grant benefits as long as you transfer with a 2.5 GPA.
Other Incentives Available to A+ Graduates
Several colleges and universities offer their own A+ recognition scholarships to entering freshmen that graduate with A+ status. These scholarships are initiated by the individual colleges/universities, utilizing their own funding resources. The requirements vary from school to school and sometimes require a higher GPA than the 2.5 mandated by A+. ACT scores may also be a requirement.
Please see the “4 Year Universities” tab above for a list of area schools that offer A+ recognition scholarships is on the back. If you are an A+ student planning to attend a school not listed, please contact the financial aid office of the school and ask about possible A+ recognition scholarships.
No matter where you plan to continue your education, there are several things to keep in mind.
Complete your FAFSA early. You may apply on-line at www.fafsa.gov or the paper copies are available at any college/university/or high school guidance office after the first of the year. Apply to your school of choice early. Contact the financial aid office and let them know you are a potential A+ graduate.
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- A+ participants and their parents must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid with the government. The information reported on the FAFSA is required by post-secondary institutions to complete the enrollment process.
- Financial need is not a factor in determining student eligibility for the A+ tuition benefit. However, an A+ participant is required to complete a FAFSA to make sure he/she is not eligible for any non-payback financial aid.
FAFSA forms are available in the LSWHS Guidance Office. FAFSA data may also be submitted online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/