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September 30, 2022

Scholarship application opens for high school students taking Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment courses

The scholarship application to help high school students pay for dual credit and dual enrollment courses is now open for the fall 2022 semester. The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) launched the state financial aid program to reimburse students for the cost of dual credit and dual enrollment courses. The application for the scholarship went live today.

The Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment (DC/DE) Scholarship will help cover the tuition and fees for students who meet program eligibility criteria. Dual credit coursework is a college-level course taught by a high school instructor to high school students who are simultaneously earning both high school and college credit for the course. Dual enrollment coursework is a college-level course taught by postsecondary faculty to high school students who are earning college credit and may be earning high school credit, for the course.

“We are excited to open this scholarship application to students who may otherwise be unable to afford taking college courses during high school,” said Leroy Wade, interim commissioner of higher education. “Taking the courses early gives students the opportunity for a head start and may be a motivation for students to continue their education beyond high school. ”

To be eligible for the DC/DE Scholarship, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a Missouri resident; have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average; and have otherwise met the school’s requirements for taking dual credit or dual enrollment classes; and students must meet one or more of the following indicators of financial need: immediate family eligible for free and reduced lunch, living in a foster home, ward of the state, homeless as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, immediate family receiving low income public assistance such as SNAP, WIC, etc., or living in federal subsidized public housing.

All awards are subject to funding availability. The application deadline for the fall 2022 semester is December 1. Semester award amounts are based on the actual tuition and fees charged for the dual credit or dual enrollment coursework after all non-loan aid, such as a dual credit or dual enrollment scholarship from a postsecondary institution or third party, is applied. If students are taking dual credit or dual enrollment courses from more than one approved college or university, they can receive the scholarship at each one.

Students can submit the scholarship application and supporting documents online through the student financial aid portal and can learn more at https://dhewd.mo.gov/ppc/grants/dcdeforstudents.htm.

High schools and organizations interested in promoting the scholarship can learn more at https://dhewd.mo.gov/ppc/grants/dcdeforeducators.htm.