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A+ Schools Program

The A+ Schools Program was originally implemented as a school improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. Similar to other St. Louis-area private schools, Christian Brothers College High School has applied for and expects to receive designation as an A+ School, thereby allowing our students the opportunity to take advantage of the financial incentives available through the A+ Program. 

Beginning with the graduating class of 2018, qualifying CBC graduates will be eligible for tuition to attend any Missouri public community college or public vocational or technical school under the following guidelines:

  • Tuition incentives will be made available only after the student has made a good-faith effort to first secure all available federal post-secondary student financial assistance (FAFSA) funds that do not require repayment.
  • Students will receive this tuition incentive for four (4) semesters.
  • A student must be considered a full-time student by the post-secondary institution and maintain a GPA of 2.500 or higher on a 4.000 scale (unweighted).
  • Students must complete the two years of full-time enrollment at the institution within forty-eight (48) months after graduation from Christian Brothers College High School.
 

Tuition reimbursement is contingent upon availability of state funds. 

Additionally, some four-year colleges and universities in Missouri offer their own A+ scholarships.  These scholarships are determined by the colleges and universities themselves and may or may not be offered at any time.  Check with the financial aid office at a four-year college to inquire about any incentives for A+ students.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

In order to be eligible for the financial incentives of the A+ Schools Program, Christian Brothers College High School must certify a student as having met all A+ Program requirements. The A+ Program Coordinator has the responsibility to certify that a graduate of Christian Brothers College High School has met the criteria of certification.

Provided that funds are appropriated by the state legislature, any remaining tuition and general fees may be paid for eligible graduates after federal post-secondary financial assistance funds have been applied (as determined by completing and filing a FAFSA). To be eligible and certified for the A+ Schools program, graduates must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Attend a designated A+ High School for three (3) consecutive school years.
  2. Attain a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.500 or higher on a 4.000 scale. (unweighted)
  3. Maintain a ninety-five percent (95%) high school attendance record during the four-year period.
  4. Tutor or mentor peers or younger students for at least fifty (50) unpaid hours under the supervision of an approved adult at an approved school or facility. This should occur during out-of-school time, unless such tutoring / mentoring occurs as part of a CBC program during the school day.
  5. Establish and maintain a record of good citizenship. Placement of a student on Full or Limited Disciplinary Probation or Academic Integrity Probation (as defined in the Student & Parent/Guardian Handbook) at any time during a student’s enrollment at CBC would constitute a violation of this requirement.
  6. Be alcohol and drug-free. Any violation of the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct policy outlined in the Student & Parent/Guardian Handbook (described as an “offense”) during a student’s enrollment at CBC would constitute a violation of this requirement.
  7. Meet the following Mathematics requirement: Attain a score of 17 or higher on the Mathematics sub-section of the ACT.
  8. Make a good faith effort to secure financial assistance funding by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students must sign up for the A+ Schools Program no later than September 30 of their senior year.

Click the links below to view and download the A+ Schools Program Handbook and related forms.