The A+ program is designed to help students receive additional education or career training following high school. It is designed to offer financial assistance for two years (the equivalent of an associate’s degree or career training certification). Program details are outlined on the Missouri Department of Higher Education website HERE. Although funding of the program is determined yearly by the state legislature, students graduating from SMA, having met the eligibility criteria, are able to receive tuition to attend a community college or a career center in the state of Missouri. Also, while 4-year institutions are not part of the A+ funding initiative, many offer incentive scholarships to compete with the A+ money if a student is enrolled in A+ and completes the program criteria. If you are interested in whether or not a university has such an option, I would recommend visiting that university’s website or contact their financial aid office and ask them directly.
Our goal is that once a student has enrolled at SMA, they are identified as an A+ participant and A+ requirements are tracked by our school’s computer-based information program, PowerSchool. We encourage ALL of our students to actively participate in the program, not only to have a focus for success during their 4 years at SMA but to keep all doors and opportunities open after high school. Many things can happen in the 4 years following graduation from high school (the amount of time a student has to use their A+ monies). We all have our dreams, but LIFE happens and plans can ALWAYS change! The goal of St. Michael the Archangel is for our students to be prepared for those life changes and maximize all available resources when they need them!
• Being driven to see A+ through gives you the attitude of a college-bound student.
• Involvement in the program keeps your goals front and center.
• Mentoring others provide a feeling of worth, empowerment, and an opportunity to learn more about yourself.
• Completion of 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring
• Participation helps answer the question that most teenagers ask:
• How can this stuff (school) help me?
• Maintain 95% attendance throughout high school (no rounding)
• Maintain good citizenship, refraining from the use of drugs and alcohol
• Complete 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring
What counts as Mentoring/Tutoring Hours?
• Helping tutor at an elementary school
• Mentoring kids through a youth program
• All hours will be logged and completed under the supervision of an adult. A supervisor must sign your log.
What doesn’t count as Mentoring/Tutoring?
• Community Service – Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen
• Volunteering at charity events
Can I transfer my hours to SMA from AOHS?
Can I appeal if my attendance and/or citizenship has disqualified me?
• Yes. Forms are available and will be handled during the spring semester of your senior year.
How does the money work?
• A+ monies are applied after all non-loan federal financial aid has been applied (e.g. Pell Grants)
• Your school will fill out the proper forms to receive a reimbursement through the MDHE and then the state will disperse those funds to your school. This will reflect on your school account.
How do I keep my A+ money coming?
• Enroll in at least 12 hours in your first year (6 hours if you start in the summer).
• Have at least a 2.0 at the end of the Fall Semester.
• Have at least a 2.5 by the end of your first year.