Financial Aid
A+ Incentive Program
Note: All A+ funding is contingent upon availability of state money.

Three Rivers welcomes students who want to use earned A+ financial incentive for college classes or career training. To utilize your A+ Incentive, you must submit to the Financial Aid office your official final high school transcript, stamped with the high school's A+ seal.

Students who successfully complete Missouri's A+ Schools Program in high school become eligible to use the A+ Financial Incentive to pay for tuition and common fees at Missouri community colleges, area vocational-technical schools or state technical schools. The funds must be used within four years of graduating from high school. Funding ends when an A+ eligible student receives a 2-year degree, when the four year window after graduation from high school expires, or with completion of 105% of published program length, whichever is earliest.

A+ funds can be used at Three Rivers to take freshman and sophomore college courses. A+ funds also can be used for the variety of technical and career training programs offered at Three Rivers.

The A+ Financial Incentive covers tuition and common fees at Three Rivers. It does not cover course specific fees, textbook purchase or rental fees, supplies or study guides. However, at Three Rivers, these costs may be covered by other types of financial aid or scholarships. If a student is receiving a Federal Pell Grant, SEOG, or Access Missouri Grant, the A+ Financial Incentive will pay only the allowable costs that exceed the above grants.

To maintain eligibility while attending Three Rivers, the A+ student must:
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours per semester/6 hours for summer (full-time student).
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average.
  • Apply for a Federal Pell Grant each year (through FAFSA).
  • Pursue an approved degree or certificate program.
  • Check in with a Financial Aid advisor at the start of each semester to certify/recertify for the program.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education has added new, temporary A+ eligibility rules for the 2015-16 school year to help address a budget shortfall. For detailed information on these changes and how they can affect your A+ award, visit our 2015-16 A+ Guidelines page.

If a student loses A+ eligibility and continues at Three Rivers, the student will be responsible for the cost of classes until eligibility is reestablished.

For more information on the A+ program or questions about using A+ funds at Three Rivers, contact the Financial Aid Office at 573-840-9175 or by email at
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