Missouri State University - West Plains

A+ Program

Tony Ary“A+ takes all of the hours and hard work I put into high school and pays for my schooling here at Missouri State University-West Plains. It allows me to concentrate on academics without worrying about how I’m going to pay for college.”

Tony Ary
Thayer, MO

Ty Rhoads“A+ is providing me the opportunity to go to college without the stress of student loans. I can even use my A+ funding to study for a semester in China!”

Ty Rhoads
West Plains, MO


The A+ Program Pays Off

Students who are certified as A+ eligible graduates from an A+ high school can attend Missouri State University-West Plains and have their tuition and common fees paid through the A+ program. Join the many students who have decided to save money while getting a quality education at Missouri State-West Plains.

Items Covered by A+ Funds

The A+ program will cover tuition and common student fees. Missouri State-West Plains provides scholarship funds to cover course fees for A+ eligible students.* Supply items will not be covered by A+ funds.

Federal Financial Aid

Students may apply online at www.fafsa.gov. FAFSA worksheets are available in the financial aid office, as well as a FAFSA paper application, if needed. Students who are eligible for Pell Grants or other forms of federal assistance that do not require repayment as determined by FAFSA will have those funds applied to their accounts before A+ funds are applied. Scholarships limited to tuition will be applied first. Any covered costs that remain will be paid by the A+ program.


A+ recipients also may receive Missouri State-West Plains institutional scholarships and can apply for endowed and restricted scholarships.

High School Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment

High school dual credit courses or dual enrollment courses are not eligible for A+ funding. Credit for courses earned prior to high school graduation will not be used to calculate the GPA for A+ eligibility.


Initial eligibility for A+ funding is verified by the high school from which the student graduates. In order to receive A+ funds at Missouri State-West Plains, students must be enrolled full time, at least 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and at least six credit hours during the summer. Eligible students may start using A+ funds the semester immediately following graduation from high school.

Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in order to retain funding. Eligibility is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. Only courses taken after graduation from high school will be figured in calculating the cumulative GPA.

Eligible students must enroll in programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree, Associate of Science degree, Associate of Arts degree or a certificate. Admission to Missouri State-West Plains does not guarantee acceptance into all programs of study.

Concurrent Enrollment at A+ Eligible Post-Secondary Institutions

Students may be concurrently enrolled at eligible post-secondary institutions and receive A+ funding to Missouri State-West Plains if they meet all of the requirements. The financial aid office has details.

Mountain Grove and Online

A+ students may enroll at Mountain Grove and receive A+ funding. Credit and GPA from Mountain Grove and online will be used in determining A+ eligibility in the same way as courses taken on the West Plains campus.

Transfer From An Ineligible Institution To Missouri State-West Plains

A+ eligible students who transfer from an ineligible post-secondary institution to Missouri State-West Plains may qualify for A+ funding if they meet all A+ requirements for retaining eligibility. Students who fail to meet A+ requirements will need to meet the reinstatement qualifications.

Please contact the financial aid office at 417-255-7243 with all questions regarding maintaining eligibility.

Losing Eligibility

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students who fall below the minimum GPA requirement will lose A+ funding eligibility.

Reinstatement of Eligibility

A+ students who have lost eligibility for funding may be reinstated if they enroll in subsequent terms and earn a high enough cumulative GPA to remove deficits. No A+ funding will be issued until deficits are removed, but students who are eligible for federal grants as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may still be eligible for federal assistance. Students must contact the financial aid office to determine reinstatement eligibility.

Want More Information?

Office of Admissions
128 Garfield Avenue
West Plains, Missouri 65775

Call 417.255.7955 or toll free 888.466.7897



Degrees Available

Associate Degrees

Associate of Arts in General Studies (Transfer Program)

Associate of Arts in Teaching (Transfer Program)

Associate of Science in Nursing

Associate of Applied Science in

  • Business
  • Child and Family Development
  • Computer Graphics & Programming
  • Enology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Agriculture
  • General Technology
  • Law Enforcement
  • Respiratory Care*
  • Viticulture

*Pending accreditation

Certificate Options in

Basic Business Studies, Enology, Entrepreneurship, Law Enforcement, Small Business Management, Technology Management, Viticulture