Missouri Extends Tuition-Free College Offer to Private High School Students

“Until now, Missouri students had to attend a public high school to participate in the state’s A+ schools program,” The Kansas City Star reports. “But that will change Aug. 28 when new legislation takes effect that allows private and parochial high schools to become certified through the Missouri Board of Education as A+ schools. The legislation was recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon. The A+ scholarship program, which under Nixon has expanded to include nearly every public high school in Missouri, enables qualified students to attend one of the state’s public community colleges or technical schools tuition-free for two years.”

“‘I am pleased that we can now offer the same educational opportunities to high school students who attend nonpublic schools and demonstrate hard work and dedication to meet A+ requirements,’ Mark James, president of Metropolitan Community College, said in a statement on Friday.

To qualify, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and a 95 percent attendance record. They also must spend at least 50 hours tutoring or mentoring other students.

Officials with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Friday that they were not sure how long it would take for a school applying for A+ designation to be ready to accept students into the program.

Students have to attend a designated A+ school for three consecutive years prior to high school graduation. Once a school is designated A+, any student who has been at the school three years and meets all the A+ criteria can qualify.

State higher education officials didn’t have projections on how many more students the new law would attract to the program. But they did not expect the law, which did not increase the A+ budget, to impact A+ enrollment levels until the 2017-2018 academic year.”

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Publication Date: 6/28/2016


To learn how to use Missouri’s A+ at Wentworth: http://wma.edu/college/admissions/college-admissions-process.