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

Apply Now for the New A+ Advantage Book Scholarship

Are you finding yourself without resources to pay for your books or misc. fees this fall? OTC is offering 100 new scholarships to A+ students!

Click on the Application to apply today: A+ Advantage Scholarship Application

Missouri A+ Program FAQ

A+ new student checklist

My A+ Checklist

  • Complete an OTC Application for Admission
  • Be seeking a certificate or degree at OTC
  • Have your official A+ stamped high school transcript on record with the Admissions Office at OTC
  • Complete the FAFSA application with OTC’s school code (030830).
  • Register and attend full-time; full-time is defined as:
    • 12 or more credit hours, fall and spring semester
    • 6 credit hours, if you wish to enroll in summer semester
  • Exceptions to the full-time rule apply if you meet one of the exceptions below:
    • You have a documented disability and an ADA letter from Disability Support Services on file with the Financial Aid Office. A+ requires enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours.
    • Plan to graduate at the end of the semester and have applied for graduation with the Registrar’s Office.
    • You are enrolled in all of the available hours applicable to your program of study for the given term.
    • Have been accepted in an Allied Health program and the hours required for a given term are limited to less than full-time enrollment.
    • If you meet one of the exceptions above, click on the Exception Request Form to request approval for the current term.
  • Pell MUST pay first.
    • 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.
  • You must sign up for a payment plan the same day you register for classes.
    • The amount a student owes will be based on their total cost of tuition, fees and books minus their anticipated financial aid.
    • ($2,000 tuition, fees and books) – ($1,900 Anticipated A+) = $100 – Amount you owe
    • Students MUST sign up for My Payment Plan and pay the balance owed via the scheduled monthly payments.

A+ Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain full-time enrollment at OTC.
  • Official A+ stamped high school transcript on file at OTC.
  • Current year FAFSA on file at OTC.
  • Student must be degree-seeking at OTC.
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA on college level courses.

Additional Information

  • Students have up to 48 months after high school graduation to utilize the A+ Scholarship or until they earn a two year degree, whichever comes first.
  • Visiting OTC students are not eligible for A+ Scholarship funding.
  • A+ Scholarship funding is only open to United States citizens or permanent residents.
  • The A+ Scholarship pays for tuition and common fees (student fees, student technology fees and infrastructure fee).

Repeating Classes and A+

  • A+ funds will pay for a course one time. The A+ program does not cover repeated courses. If you repeat a course to change a grade, the A+ program will not pay for the course, but it 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.

A+ renewal student checklist

A+ renewal student checklist

  • For renewal, you must complete the FAFSA each year:
    • Summer 2019 – choose the 2018-2019 FAFSA
    • Fall 2019 – choose the 2020-2021 FAFSA
    • FAFSA application
  • 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
  • Exceptions to the full-time rule apply if you meet one of the conditions below. If you meet one of the exceptions below, click on the Exception Request Form for approval.
    • You have a documented disability and an ADA letter from Disability Support Services on file with the Financial Aid Office. Required minimum of 6 credit hours.
    • You plan to graduate at the end of the semester and have applied for graduation with the Registrar’s Office.
    • You are enrolled in all of the available hours applicable to your program of study for the given term.
    • You have been accepted in an Allied Health program and the hours required for a given term are limited to less than full-time rule.
  • Be seeking a certificate or degree at OTC
  • Pell MUST pay first.
    • 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.
  • You must sign up for a payment plan the same day your register for classes to hold your spot in those classes.
    • The amount a student owes will be based on their total cost of tuition, fees and books minus their anticipated aid
    • Example ($2,,000 tuition, fees and books) – ($1,900 in Anticipated Aid) = $100 – Amount you owe.
    • Students MUST sign up for My Payment Plan and pay the balance owed via the scheduled monthly payments.

A+ Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain full-time enrollment at OTC.
  • Official A+ stamped high school transcript on file at OTC.
  • Current year FAFSA on file at OTC.
  • Student must be degree-seeking at OTC.
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA on college level courses.

Additional Information

  • Visiting OTC students are not eligible for A+ Scholarship funding.
  • A+ Scholarship funding is only open to United States citizens or permanent residents.
  • The A+ Scholarship pays for tuition and common fees (student fees, student technology fees and infrastructure fee).
  • Your A+ eligibility expires at the earliest of the following:
    • 48 months after High School graduation
    • Receipt of an Associate Degree
    • When a student completes 105% of the credit hours required for his/her certificate or degree

Repeating Classes and A+

  • A+ funds will pay for a course one time. The A+ program does not cover repeated courses. If you repeat a course to change a grade, the A+ program will not pay for the course, but it 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.

Summer Enrollment FAQ's

 

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.

Important: Summer requires the 2018-2019 FAFSA. If you have already completed a FAFSA for classes beginning this fall, you MUST complete another FAFSA for the summer semester. This is because the summer semester is the tail end of OTC’s 2018-2019 academic year.

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

The answer to your question, visiting students are not eligible. Here is why…

The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE)  permits a student to use A+ Program benefits at a community college his or her first summer after high school graduation, even if he or she plans to transfer to a four year college or university in the fall.

Visiting students to OTC or students enrolled at 4-year colleges and universities during the prior fall or spring semesters of the current school year are not eligible to use A+ funding during the summer semester.  This is due to the fact a student must be degree seeking at the institution where A+ is utilized.  If your intent is to transfer your summer credits back to a four-year college for the fall 2019 semester, you are degree seeking there, not OTC; therefore, you would not be eligible.

If your desire is to pursue a degree at OTC, and you meet the requirements of A+, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Apply for admission to OTC at http://www.otc.edu and complete the enrollment process
  2. Select a program of study (visiting students are not eligible)
  3. Enroll in a minimum of six (6) credit hours
  4. Have an Official High School A+ stamped transcript sent to OTC’s Admissions Office
  5. Have a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with OTC
    • To complete a FAFSA go to http://www.fafsa.gov; OTC’s Federal School Code is 030830
    • Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA
      • The last day you may submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA is June 30, 2019

If you have already completed a FAFSA for classes beginning this fall, you MUST complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA for the summer semester. This is because the summer semester is the tail end of OTC’s 2018-2019 academic year.

How do A+ and Pell work together?

A+ and Pell

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.

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

Part-Time Students and A+

Yes; If you meet one of the exceptions below, click on the Exception Request Form to request approval for the current term.

  1. You have a documented disability and an ADA letter from Disability Support Services (DSS) on file with the Financial Aid Office.
    • You must contact DSS to request the letter be sent to financialaid@otc.edu.
    • A+ requires enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  2. Plan to graduate at the end of the semester and have applied for graduation with the Registrar’s Office.
  3. You are enrolled in all of the available hours applicable to your program of study for the given term.
  4. Have been accepted in an Allied Health program and the hours required for a given term are limited to less than full-time enrollment.

It is your responsibility to complete this form for consideration. The financial aid office will review and verify your request. Please allow 7 to 10 days for a response to your request. Dropping a class while taking a reduced courseload will result in the loss of A+ eligibility in the future semesters.

Why do I have to sign up for a payment plan if I have A+?

Using MyPay with A+

  • All students MUST sign up for a payment plan on the same day you register for classes to hold your spot in those classes. If you do not sign up for a payment pan the same day you register, you will be dis-enrolled from those classes at midnight. By signing up for the payment plan on the same day you register, your seat in the class is guaranteed.
  • Also, you will find that the payment plan options have been streamlined. Going forward, there is one payment option, which involves three payments over the course of the semester.
  • The amount you owe will be based on your total tuition, fees and books minus your anticipated financial aid (scholarships, grants and loans).You are personally responsible for items not covered by the A+ program such as books and misc. fees.
  • You have the option to charge textbooks to your student account if you purchase them from the OTC Bookstore.

How do I know how much I will receive?

Check your Anticipated Aid

Anticipated aid reflects the amount of A+ scholarship scheduled to apply to your student account. It automatically calculates the unpaid balance of your tuition and common fees after all available 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 common fee charges.  Common fees are fees that are charged to all students and do not include fees specific to an individual program or group of students.  If your A+ has expired or if you fail to maintain eligibility requirements, you will not be eligible for A+ program incentives.

The A+ “awarded” column  is more of an award max or ceiling amount; meaning the scholarship may pay no more than that amount.

What is the grade point average requirement?

GPA Requirements

Initial (first time or transfer & new to OTC) A+ Students:   

  • 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

Renewed A+ Students:

  • Must have a cumulative 2.5 grade point average or above every semester

Eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester.

How many credit hours must I take each term?

Credit Hours

Only full-time students may enroll. The program may make exceptions 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:

The program considers the following full time:

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

What will my A+ Scholarship pay for?

A+ Scholarships

  • In-district & out-of-district tuition (max. rate $170.75 per credit hour)
  • Common fees:
    • Student fee
    • Technology fee (not including labs)
    • Security fee
    • Facility/infrastructure fee per semester
    • Registration fee per semester

What costs are not covered by A+?

Uncovered Costs A+

  • Books, supplies, miscellaneous fees, lab fees or online course fees you may incur
  • 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.

Where do I send my private scholarship check?

Mailing address for private scholarship checks

Ozarks Technical Community College

Attn: Student Account Services

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway

Springfield, MO 65802

 

I'd like to know if outside scholarships that are sent directly to OTC will reduce the amount of my A+ scholarship.

Outside scholarships can pay charges not covered by the A+ program such as misc. fees & books. OTC must follow the instructions provided by the donor. If you are wondering whether or not your private scholarship is refundable, please check with your donor. Refund questions may also be directed to Student Account Services.

Mailing address for private scholarship checks:

 Ozarks Technical Community College

Attn: Student Account Services

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway

Springfield, Mo 65802

 Contact Student Account Services

How could I lose my A+ eligibility?

A+ Eligibility

Students who drop below the minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or drop below the minimum 12 credit hour completion requirement will not  receive A+ funding for future semesters. Students whose A+ expires will no longer eligible for future semesters (see FAQ below for definition of “expires”).

 

What happens if I drop a class?

A+ and Dropped Classes

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.

If approved to take a reduced course load, you must complete the number of credit hours in which you enrolled.  After the refund period, dropping a class will result in losing A+ for your next semester of enrollment.

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

 

 

 

How do A+ and the Access Missouri Grant work together?

Access Missouri Grant or A+

A student may only benefit from one state grant within a semester, unless the combined amount of both awards total the Access Missouri Grant.  For example, If a student is eligible for Access MO and is getting between $0-$469 in A+ funds, then they will get the difference in Access MO funds.  For example, if they ended up only getting $200 in A+ funds, they could still get $270 in Access MO.

When does my A+ expire?

A+ Expiration

The program considers expiration of student A+ eligibility at the earliest of the following:

  • 48 months after High School graduation
  • Receipt of an Associate 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. But it does include credit hours transferred in from other post-secondary institutions.

105% Example:  if an associate 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.)

Are courses with an F grade included in total completed credits?

What grades are included?

A course is considered complete if the student earns a standard grade for the course, including a failing grade.

Which FAFSA should I complete?

Completing your FAFSA

Choose 2017-2018 FAFSA if you plan to attend:

  • Summer 2018

Choose 2018-2019 FAFSA if you plan to attend:

  • Fall 2018, spring 2019, or summer 2019

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

Regaining A+

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 complete 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.

The A+ program will not cover any classes taken while the student is ineligible.

(You are not required to be full time)

 

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

Limits to A+

Yes. For the 2017-18 academic year, the maximum tuition rate is $166.00 per credit hour.

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

Transferring with A+

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

Starting with the fall 2018 semester, OTC will calculate transfer credits into the cumulative grade point. 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 need to repeat a class?

Repeating Classes and A+

A+ funds will pay for a course one time. The A+ program does not cover repeated courses. If you repeat a course to change a grade, the A+ program will not pay for the course, but it 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.

Will A+ pay for online classes?

Online Classes and A+

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?

Block Courses and A+

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?

Early Leavers and A+

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.

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