Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment Scholarship
For High Schools & Postsecondary Institutions
This program was changed significantly during the 2022 legislative session. It is no longer associated with the A+ Scholarship and financial need is now required for eligibility rather than being used to determine award ranking.
Beginning with the fall 2022 semester, high school students 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 demonstrate financial need and be taking dual credit or dual enrollment courses from a Missouri college or university in addition to meeting the program’s eligibility criteria. The full list of eligibility criteria is available under Eligibility below.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development will provide training webinars and additional resources this fall.
Eligibility must be verified each semester.
To be eligible for assistance students must meet the following requirements. Please note the requirements related to A+ eligibility have been removed based on the 2022 changes.
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a Missouri resident
- Enroll in dual credit/dual enrollment classes through an approved Missouri college or university
- Have a minimum 2.5 unweighted, cumulative high school grade point average and have otherwise met the high school’s requirements for taking dual credit or dual enrollment classes
- Students must submit a copy of their high school transcript to verify they have met the GPA requirement. This documentation is only required once per year.
- Meet one or more of the following indicators of financial need:
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.
Fall (August to December): Applications for the fall 2022 semester will be accepted through December 1, 2022.
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.
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||
(3 x $75)
($225 + $25 - $100)
|Best Fit University||History I||3||$70||
(3 x $70)
($210 + $25 - $0)
($150 + $235)
The General Assembly has appropriated $7 million for the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship for the 2022-2023 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 and is expected to be sufficient to fund all eligible students. In the event of a funding shortfall, awards will be made based on the earliest application received date.
High School Responsibilities
High school certification of student eligibility is no longer required since the scholarship is no longer related to any of the A+ eligibility criteria. However, high schools will need to provide students with either an official or unofficial copy of their current transcript to verify they are meeting the 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA requirement. Students will upload the transcript to MDHEWD as part of the application process and must have the transcript in order to complete the application.
High schools must also provide a letter certifying a student is homeless in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act, if applicable. Homeless students will upload the letter to MDHEWD as part of the application process and must have the letter in order to complete the application.
High schools may also need to provide students with their provider and class information if the students need assistance. Students will provide MDHEWD with the name of their provider and the number of dual credit courses they are taking from that provider. Students will not have to provide the number of credit hours they are receiving for the dual credit or dual enrollment. MDHEWD will use this information to estimate awards and evaluate funding availability.
For example, if a student is taking two, three-hour dual credit/dual enrollment classes from College A, the student would select College A as the provider and report 2 as the number of classes from that provider. They would NOT report 6 hours.
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:
- The student is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- The student is a Missouri resident
- The actual number of dual credit/dual enrollment hours the student is enrolled in
- 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.
MDHEWD will notify students of their eligibility status (ineligible, awarded or unfunded).