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Private High School Graduates Now Eligible for Free Tuition at STLCC

July 19, 2016

A bill recently signed by Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon will allow students who graduate from private and public schools to receive free tuition while attending St. Louis Community College full time.

Nixon recently signed a bill that expands provisions of the Missouri A+ program to private schools throughout the state. The bill allows nonpublic high schools to apply to the State Board of Education to be certified as an A+ School, if that school meets the same requirements that apply to public high schools.

The A+ scholarship program enables qualified students to attend one of the state’s public community colleges by covering the costs of tuition for two years. The program covers tuition for up to 18 credit hours per semester, after any federal or state grants for which students are eligible is applied.

Students must enroll full time within 48 months of their high school graduation. Students serving in any branch of the U.S. armed forces can defer their eligibility beyond the 48 months if they return to full-time student status within 12 months of the end of their military service.

The A+ program is ideal for students who are not eligible for other academic or athletic scholarships, receive little to no financial aid or state non-loan grants, and are interested in completing as associate degree or professional certification.

For more information, visit stlcc.edu/aplus.