Students in Missouri have a new option to help them pay for college courses during their middle and high school years. The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD) has a new state financial aid program to reimburse students for the cost of dual credit and dual enrollment courses. The scholarship application went into effect today, and high schools have been notified of the application opening.
Beginning this semester, the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment (DC/DE) scholarship will help cover tuition and fees for students who meet the program’s eligibility criteria. Awards will be prioritized based on financial need, which is determined by adjusted gross income from the most recent tax year.
Dual credit courses are a college-level course taught by a high school teacher to high school students who simultaneously earn both high school and college credit for the course. Dual Enrollment Coursework is a college-level course taught by post-secondary faculty to high school students who earn college credit and may earn high school credit, for the course.
“We are excited to help fund students who take undergraduate courses during high school,” said Zora Mulligan, commissioner for higher education. “Taking courses early may give students the motivation to enroll in college after high school, and this scholarship may help students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford these classes get a head start.”
To be eligible for a DC/DE scholarship, students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, have a minimum cumulative grade of 2.5, have attended a designated high school A+ for at least two years, and be eligible for good citizenship for an A+ scholarship and avoid Illicit drug use and alcohol requirements.
All prizes are subject to funding availability. The priority deadline for the scholarship is Tuesday, February 1. Students who submit an application by that date will be the first to be evaluated for an award. Students who qualify but apply between February 1 and the April 1 deadline will be assessed as funding passes. For the Fall 2022 semester, the priority deadline will be October 1, and the deadline is December 1.
Semester scholarship amounts are based on actual tuition and fees charged for dual credit or dual enrollment coursework after all non-loan aid has been applied, such as a dual credit or dual enrollment scholarship from a post-secondary institution or third party. If students are taking dual credit courses or dual enrollment courses from more than one accredited college or university, they can receive the scholarship in each one.
Students can submit their scholarship application online and find out more at https://dhewd. mo.gov/ppc/grants/ aplusdcdeforstudents. htm
High schools and organizations interested in promoting the scholarship can find out more at https://dhewd. mo.gov/ppc/grants/ APlusDCDE.php.
During the 2019 Legislative Session, the General Assembly and Governor Parson signed legislation to create the Dual Credit/Dual Entry Scholarship Program linked to the A+ Scholarship Program. Although the program was enacted in 2019, it was not funded until fiscal year 2022. Although eligibility and funding are tied to A+, after a public comment period in fall 2021, the department decided to remove A+ from the name of the new scholarship in order to help To avoid confusion between the two programs.
The A+ scholarship is still active, with a separate funding line in the state budget. Over $50 million in A+ scholarship funding was awarded to 14,809 during the 2020-2021 academic year.