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There are currently 20 names in this directory beginning with the letter A.
A+ Scholarship Program
The A+ Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools who attend a participating Missouri public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain Missouri private two-year vocational/technical schools.
Academic advisors are staff members assigned to students in their department. They help students choose majors and minors, design a course of study and help ensure students fulfill graduation requirements.
Academic probation means a student has fallen from good standing status and is at risk of being dismissed from the university. Institutions measure academic standing by GPA and courses passed. Academic probation is used to warn students that they need to improve their performance. Policies regarding this will vary depending on the institution. Students on academic probation may lose some of their financial aid.
Access Missouri Grant Program
Access Missouri is a need-based program designed to be simple to understand, provide predictable, portable awards, and increase access to your school of choice. Your financial eligibility is determined by your Expected Family Contribution as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The American College Test is a standardized test that estimates a student’s readiness for college coursework. The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The four subject area scores are averaged to create a Composite Score.
Time frame when students can drop or add courses to their course load without consequences, including incomplete marks on their transcript. This period varies from school to school.
Also called entrance requirements, many colleges require applicants to submit an application, transcripts, and standardized test scores among other materials.
This term typically refers to an older student who usually has experience in the workforce and didn’t necessarily attend college right after high school.
Advanced Placement Courses/Classes
AP courses are college-level classes taught in the high school following guidelines and covering material that will instruct students in AP subject areas and should prepare them to take Advanced Placement tests offered by The College Board. Scoring well on the AP exam can mean receiving credit for introductory college courses.
Advanced Placement Incentive Grant Program
The Advanced Placement Incentive Grant is a nonrenewable grant designed to encourage Missouri high school students to take and score well on Advanced Placement tests in mathematics and science.
A combination of financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans and/or work-study) determined by the financial aid office of a college or university. See Award Letter and Offer Letter
Americans with Disabilities Act
An Act, passed by Congress, that requires reasonable accommodations be made in public facilities, including postsecondary institutions, for those with a physical or mental disability.
The date, set by college admissions offices, after which applications for admission will not be accepted.
A program offered by many high schools across the state to help seniors find the “best fit” for higher education and submit applications to one or more schools they are interested in attending.