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Welcome to the A+ Scholarship Program.
Scholarship for eligible graduates of A+ designated Missouri high schools

How to receive A+ Program Funding at OTC?

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Have your official A+ stamped high school transcript on file with the Admissions Office at OTC
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enroll and attend full-time
    • 12 or more credit hours, fall and spring semester
    • 6 credit hours, if you wish to enroll in summer semester
  • Be seeking a certificate or degree at OTC
  • After registration each semester, complete the OTC MyPay MyWay payment plan to defer eligible tuition and fees to financial aid and/or A+

The A+ Program provides tuition and student fees for qualified students.  The tuition amount eligible for reimbursement is capped at the published standard per credit hour tuition rate charged by State Technical College of Missouri. For the 2015-16 academic year, the maximum rate is $159.75 per credit hour.

Missouri A+ Program FAQ

What is the grade point average requirement?

A student must maintain a cumulative 2.50 grade point average or above (includes all college level classes taken at OTC after high school graduation).

How many credit hours must I take each term?

Students must be enrolled full time. Exceptions may be made for students with a documented disability or for those with proof that there are not enough courses remaining in their degree program to enroll full time. See minimum credit hours you must complete for each semester:

Full time is considered:

  • Fall Semester
    • 12 or more credit hours
  • Spring Semester
    • 12 or more credit hours
  • Summer Semester (optional)
    • 6 or more credit hours

Which FAFSA should I complete?

Choose 2015-2016 FAFSA if you plan to attend:

  • Summer 2016

Choose 2016-2017 FAFSA if you plan to attend:

  • Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017

If I am attending another college, can I come back and use A+ for the summer at OTC?

No, you must be degree seeking with Ozarks Technical Community College.

If I am seeking a certificate or degree at OTC, can I use A+ for the summer semester?

Yes. If you are eligible for A+ and wish to enroll for the summer semester, be sure to enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

 

If it is my first summer after high school graduation, can I use A+ for the summer semester?

Yes. The Missouri Department of Higher Education allows you to use A+ program benefits at a community college your first summer after high school graduation, even if you plan to transfer to a four year college or university in the fall.

 

What will my A+ Scholarship pay for?

  • In-district & out-of-district tuition (max. rate $159.75 per credit hour)
  • Common fees:
    • Student fee
    • Technology fee (not including labs)
    • Security fee
    • Facility/infrastructure fee per semester

What costs are not covered by A+?

 

  • Books, supplies, miscellaneous fees, lab fees, or online course fees incurred while you are enrolled.
  • Repeated courses. If you repeat a course to change a grade (F, D, C, B, or A), the repeated course will not be paid for by the A+ program, but the hours will count toward meeting the full-time credit hour requirement.

Is there a limit to how much A+ will pay?

Yes. For the 2015-16 academic year, the maximum tuition rate is $159.75 per credit hour.

How do A+ and Pell work together?

The A+ program scholarship covers the unpaid balance of your tuition and general fees after all available, non-loan federal financial assistance, such as the federal Pell grant, has been applied to your account. This may result in a zero award if your Pell grant is sufficient to cover all tuition and general fee charges.

How do I maintaini my A+ eligibility?

Eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester. To maintain A+, students must be enrolled full time for the duration of the semester and maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average requirement.

 Initial A+ Students:

  • Must be new to attending an A+ eligible institution
  • Must be degree seeking with Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Must have a current FAFSA on file; click here for help with determining which application to fill out
  • Must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average or above during fall end of term
  • Must have a cumulative 2.5 grade point average or above during spring end of term
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • A+ must not be expired

Renewed A+ Students:

  • Must have a cumulative 2.5 grade point average or above every semester
  • Must be degree seeking with Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Must have a current FAFSA on file; click here for help with determining which application to fill out
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress
  • A+ must not be expired

How could I lose my A+ eligibility?

You will not be able to receive A+ funding for future semesters if you drop below the minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or drop below the minimum 12 credit hour completion requirement. If your A+ expires, you are no longer eligible for future semesters (see FAQ below for definition of “expires”).

 

When does my A+ expire?

Student eligibility for A+ funding will expire at the earliest of the following:

  • 48 months after High School graduation
  • Receipt of an Associate’s Degree
  • When a student completes 105% of the credit hours required for his/her certificate or degree

The 105% calculation will not include: Credit hours earned before high school graduation. Includes credit hours transferred in from other post-secondary institutions

105% Example:  If an associate’s degree requires 62 credit hours then 105%= 65 credit hours.  (Therefore, once the student completes 65 hours, they will no longer be eligible for A+ funding.)

If I have A+, why do I have to sign up for MyPay? Doesn't A+ pay for everything?

After registration each semester, each student must make payment arrangements, either paying in full or enrolling in a payment plan (MyPay MyWay) by their payment deadline in order to remain enrolled in classes, even if you are expecting to receive A+.  Since A+ does not pay for everything (such as books, misc. fees), you are personally responsible for items not covered by the A+ program.  There is an option in MyPay to select the “pay later” payment plan that postpones billing until later in the semester (also known as the MyPay – Pending Financial Aid). For help with payment options click here.

If I've lost my A+...is it possible to get it back?

Yes, but in addition to meeting all other eligibility criteria, you must have a cumulative 2.50 grade point average or above to earn it back.  In addition, if you lost A+ due to the completion requirement, you must have completed enough hours to total 12 credit hours when combined with your prior term. For example, if you began with 12 credit hours but completed 9, you would have to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours to regain eligibility for the next period of enrollment.

Any classes taken while ineligible are not covered by A+ program benefits. (You are not required to be full time)

 

Can I transfer to OTC to use A+ Program Funding?

A student may transfer from another college or university and utilize A+ Program funding at OTC contingent upon the following:

  •     The student must complete steps to receive A+ Program funding
  •     Cumulative grade point average established at a previous institution will not impact A+ eligibility at time of transfer to OTC

Please note that transfer credits are not calculated into the cumulative grade point at OTC. The student must maintain full time enrollment and at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average of OTC coursework to remain eligible for A+ Program funding.

What happens if I drop a class?

You must complete 12 credit hours or more to satisfy the full time course completion requirement (6 hours in summer). If you drop below the full time course completion requirement, you will be ineligible for your following term of enrollment. However, you do not have to pay money back.

During the semester of ineligibility, you would need to retake the number of credit hours dropped below 12 (fall/spring) or 6 (summer).   For example: If you started in 12 credit hours during the fall semester but completed 9, you would have to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours to regain eligibility for the next period of enrollment.

Any classes taken during the semester of ineligibility would not be covered by A+.

 

 

What happens if I need to repeat a class?

A+ funds will pay for a course one time. Repeated courses are not covered by the A+ program. If you repeat a course to change a grade (F, D, C, B, or A), the repeated course will not be paid for by the A+ program, but the hours will count toward meeting the full time credit hour requirement.

A+ will pay for you to repeat a class if A+ did not pay for the first attempt; an example of this would be if your first attempt was in high school.

Can I receive A+ funding and attend school less than full-time?

Yes; if you meet one of the exceptions below:

  • You have a documented disability and an ADA letter on file with the Financial Aid Office from Disability Support Services
  • You plan to graduate at the end of the semester and have applied for graduation with the Registrar’s Office. You must email Financial Aid at financialaid@otc.edu if this applies to you
  • You have been accepted in an Allied Health program and the hours required for a given term are limited to less than full-time enrollment

Will A+ pay for online classes?

Yes. The A+ program covers tuition and common fees for online classes; however, it does not include the online course fee charged per course taken. Click here to view miscellaneous fees.

Will A+ pay for second eight week block classes?

Yes, the A+ program will pay eligible tuition and common fees for second eight week block coursework.

Can I use A+ if I'm an Early Leaver?

Mid-year HS graduates a/k/a Early Leavers are required to complete all steps for receiving A+ program funding.  The Missouri Department of Education A+ policy requires a student who is an early leaver to provide the college with a transcript which includes their graduation date.  That date must be prior to the term in which the first A+ eligibility begins.  Official means the transcript has a graduation date.