Financial Aid
State Aid

A+ Scholarship Program

The A+ award is reduced by the amount of available non-loan, federal financial assistance, such as the federal Pell grant. The A+ award may result in zero if the Pell grant is sufficient to cover your tuition and common fees. Submission of the FAFSA is required.

To maintain eligibility while attending Three Rivers, the A+ student must:
  • Submit a copy of the official A+ stamped high school transcript.
  • Complete and submit the FAFSA application each year. (Remember that for Summer A+ you must complete the previous year's FAFSA.)
  • Be enrolled in and complete a minimum of 12 hours for the fall and spring semester (6 hours for summer).
  • Complete the first semester with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and complete each following semester with a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Pursue an approved degree or certificate program.
What happens if I drop classes after receiving A+?
  • You will be financially responsible for the charges for that class, as funds will be returned to the State of Missouri for the dropped course(s).
  • If, after dropping the class, you do not meet the 12 hour completion requirement (6 credits for summer), you will lose your A+ eligibility for future semesters.
  • To regain eligibility, you must complete the number of credits making the difference between the actual credits completed and the 12 hours completion requirement (for instance, if you drop and only complete 7 hours in Spring, you’d have to complete 5 credits in Summer, paying out-of-pocket, to regain A+ Scholarship eligibility for the following Fall).
What happens if I don't meet the GPA requirement?
  • If, after your first renewal, your cumulative GPA drops below 2.5, you lose your A+ eligibility. You may regain eligibility the semester after you bring your cumulative GPA back up to 2.5 or greater.
How long can I receive my A+ award?
  • You have a 4-year window beginning at high school graduation to use A+ (Service in the U.S. armed forces can defer your eligibility window).
  • Until you receive an associate’s degree.
  • Until you complete 105% of the number of credit hours required in your current program of study (if you change your major or take classes outside your program of study your A+ Scholarship may end before you can graduate).
For more information on the A+ program, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 573-840-9606 or or visit the Missouri Department of Higher Education website.

Access Missouri Financial Assistance

Access Missouri Financial Assistance is a need-based program for Missouri residents who meet the FAFSA application deadline. Eligibility is determined by the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Award amounts are determined by the state of Missouri. If students are eligible for the A+ Scholarship Program, the Access Missouri Award will be reduced by the amount of the A+ reimbursement. Additional information, deadlines, and criteria may be located on the Missouri Department of Higher Education website.

Bright Flight Scholarship

Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship is a merit-based program that encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend approved Missouri post-secondary schools. More information and criteria may be located on the Missouri Department of Higher Education website.

Fast Track

The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is a new financial aid program for adults beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. The grant addresses workforce needs by helping adults pursue a certificate, degree, or industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need. Grant recipients must maintain Missouri residency and work in Missouri for three years after graduation to prevent the grant from becoming a loan that must be repaid with interest. FAFSA submission is required.

Who is Eligible?
  • Individuals who are 25 or older or individuals who have not been enrolled in any school within the last two years can participate.
  • Not earned a bachelor’s degree and are planning to enroll part time or full time.
  • Individuals who make no more than $40,000 per year, filing single, or not more than $80,000 filing jointly. Based on FAFSA information.
How to Apply? The Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development receives electronic FAFSA records for Missouri residents directly from the federal government. The department cannot process your application until you have a FAFSA on file.

More Information

Additional State Grants

A complete listing of state programs is available on the Missouri Department of Higher Education website.

For additional information please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 573-840-9606 or e-mail

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