Beginning with the spring (January) 2022 semester, high school juniors and seniors may be eligible to receive a scholarship that covers the tuition and fees for their dual credit or dual enrollment courses. To qualify, students must be on the path to meeting the A+ Scholarship’s eligibility requirements and be taking dual credit or dual enrollment courses from a Missouri college or university. Awards will be prioritized based on financial need determined by adjusted gross income from the most recent tax year.

 

Information about this new scholarship is still being finalized.  This page will be updated periodically as more information becomes available.

 

Draft Process

 

Outline

 

Flow Chart

 

Deadlines are being considered and will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Administrative Rule Promulgation

DHEWD’s policies for the A+ Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship are outlined in the program’s proposed administrative rule.  This proposed rule was published in the Missouri Register on October 1, 2021.  Publication in the Missouri Register initiated the required 30-day public comment period.  Public comments will be active through October 30, 2021.

 

The proposed policies outlined in the rule, as well as the draft procedures linked above are subject to change based on feedback received during the public comment period.  Any changes will be communicated as soon as they are known.  Final information will not be available until November or early December, depending on the extent of any changes.

 

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Eligibility

 

Eligibility must be verified each semester.  The proposed eligibility criteria for this scholarship requires that students meet most, but not all, of the eligibility criteria for the A+ Scholarship as of the semester immediately preceding application.  The A+ Scholarship requirements of completing 50 hours of tutoring/mentoring and making a good faith effort to secure federal aid (through the FAFSA), are excluded from the A+ Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship’s proposed eligibility criteria.

 

The exact eligibility criteria will be posted to this page when they are finalized in late fall 2021.

 

Eligible Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment Providers

 

Students can receive the scholarship for dual credit or dual enrollment courses taken from most Missouri public and private colleges and universities that offer such coursework.  In addition to being an approved dual credit or dual enrollment provider, for this scholarship institutions must be approved to participate in the state aid programs.  If you’re unsure if you’re an eligible dual credit or dual enrollment provider for the purposes of this scholarship, contact us at (800) 473-6757, option 4.

 

Application

 

Students must apply for the scholarship each semester.  A link to the application will be available on the A+ Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship page on the Journey to College website in late fall 2021.  Students will be required to email a copy of their family’s most recent tax return documenting the AGI to DHEWD to complete the first application for the year.  For example, students who receive the scholarship for the fall semester will not be required to resubmit the AGI documentation with their application for the spring semester.  However, if there is a correction to the AGI between the fall and spring semesters, documentation of the correction will be required. Social Security numbers should be redacted.

 

Awards

 

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.  As a result, awards will vary by student, depending on the number of hours of dual credit/dual enrollment coursework the student is enrolled in and the per credit hour tuition rate charged.  Awards for a single student may also vary by semester, again depending on the student’s enrollment and tuition rate(s) charged.  Funds for a single student may be disbursed to multiple providers, if applicable.

 

This is a sample calculation for a single student’s semester award:

Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment Provider
Course Hours Enrolled Credit Hour Rate Total Tuition Fees Non-Loan Aid Award
Best Choice University English I 3 $75

$225

(3 x $75)

$25 $100

$150

($225 + $25 - $100)

Best Fit University History I 3 $70

$210

(3 x $70)

$25 $0

$235

($210 + $25 - $0)

            Total Award

$385

($150 + $235)

 

The General Assembly has appropriated $5 million for the A+ Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The reach of this funding will depend on the number of eligible applications received and the amount of certified tuition and fee costs, which will not be known until the applications for the Spring 2022 semester have been processed.  Likewise, since the AGI information necessary to establish the need cutoff will be collected through the application, the threshold for awards will not be known until the Spring 2022 applications are processed.

 

High School Responsibilities

 

High schools must provide DHEWD with information about their juniors and seniors who are taking dual credit or dual enrollment coursework and who have met the A+ Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship’s eligibility criteria as of the semester immediately prior to the verification.  In addition to verification of the eligibility criteria, the information provided will include estimated enrollment (number of hours) and tuition rates for each student.  If a student has more than one dual credit or dual enrollment provider, the enrollment and tuition rate must be included for each provider.

 

The verification template, which will be an Excel document, and instructions for completing the template will be posted to this site as soon as they are available.

 

Using information provided by DHEWD, high schools will also be responsible for notifying students whose applications were unable to be matched with the verification roster, as well as students who meet the established need cutoff and will be sent to the college or university for final certification of eligibility and award amounts.

 

Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment Provider Responsibilities

 

For the students DHEWD has identified as eligible and meeting the established need cutoff, dual credit/dual enrollment providers must verify:

 

  1. The student is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  2. The actual number of dual credit/dual hours the student is enrolled in

  3. The actual tuition rate charged for the student’s dual credit/enrollment hours

 

DHEWD will calculate the award based on the certified information and disburse the funds to the institution on behalf of the student accordingly.