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 taking dual credit or dual enrollment courses from a Missouri college or university and meet the eligibility criteria listed under Eligibility below. Awards will be prioritized based on financial need determined by adjusted gross income (AGI) 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.

 

Resources

 

Postsecondary Institution Certification Training Webinar

 

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development anticipates the postsecondary rosters for certifying spring 2022 eligibility and awards for the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship will be available the week of April 4, 2022. To assist postsecondary institutions with the certification process, DHEWD conducted an online training on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Click here to view the recorded webinar.

You can view the Slides here.

 

Postsecondary Certification Instructions

 

Outline

 

Flow Chart

 

Flier

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

HS Certification Instructions

 

High School Certification Webinar - Feb. 10

Administrative Rule Promulgation

MDHEWD’s policies for the 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 were active through October 30, 2021.

 

The Final Order of Rulemaking was filed on December 17, 2021 and was published in the February 15, 2022 Missouri Register. That publication includes a summary of the public comments received and the sections that were changed as a result of those comments. The rule will then become effective on March 30, 2022.

 

 

View comments received

 

Eligibility

 

Eligibility must be verified each semester. 

 

To be eligible for this scholarship students must be meeting the following requirements as of the semester immediately preceding verification:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Enroll in eligible dual credit/ dual enrollment coursework through an approved Missouri institution
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and have otherwise met the high school's requirements for taking dual credit or dual enrollment coursework (standardized test score, etc.)
  • Have attended an A+ designated high school for at least two years
  • Be meeting the A+ Scholarship's good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and alcohol requirement

 

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.  These institutions meet the definition of an approved institution.

 

Application

 

Students must apply for the scholarship each semester.  A link to the application is now available on the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment for Students page on the DHEWD Website.  Students will be required to mail a copy of the page that shows the AGI from the most recent 1040 federal tax form for the parent or guardian that claimed them as a dependent for that tax year. 

 

Students should include their name, date of birth, and high school, either at the top of the tax page or on a separate page, so the AGI information can be matched to their application. Social Security numbers on the tax page should be redacted.

 

Students are only required to submit the AGI information with their first application for the academic 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.

 

Deadlines

 

Spring (January to May): February 1 is the priority deadline for the spring semester each year. Applications received after that date and on or before April 1 will be considered based on funding availability.

 

Fall (August to December): October 1 is the priority deadline for the fall semester each year. Applications received after that date and on or before December 1 will be considered based on funding availability.

 

Awards

 

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.  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 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

 

MDHEWD will submit a roster of potentially eligible applicants to high schools for verification of student eligibility. In addition to verification of the eligibility criteria, high schools will provide 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.

 

There is no deadline for submitting the verification template. However, MDHEWD cannot evaluate student eligibility for an award until this information is provided.

 

 

Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment Provider Responsibilities

 

For the students MDHEWD 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 enrollment hours the student is enrolled in

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

 

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

 

Student Notification

 

MDHEWD will notify students of their eligibility status (ineligible, awarded or unfunded) through the email address provided on the application.