Financial Aid / A+

SJCS A+ Program – students at SJCS can qualify for a state-paid financial incentive to attend any public community college or career/tech school in Missouri. Many Missouri colleges create scholarships to attract A+ graduates to their school.

A+ Coordinator: Cindy Kimsey

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Financial Aid Toolkit – consolidates FSA resources into a searchable online database

Tuition Free Colleges: Service Academies (Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines) – College of the Ozarks – Berea College – Barclay College – Alice Lloyd College – Deep Springs College –Ecclesia College

MOST – Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan

Military Aid – offers money for college to future military personnel or those related to veterans or active duty personnel.

Athletic Scholarships – discuss possibilities with your coach:

   NCAA (Div. I, II, & III) – NAIA –NCCAA

Midwest Student Exchange Program – reduces non-resident tuition rates at participating colleges.

Grants – accessed by completing the FAFSA

   Pell Grant – FSEOG – Access Missouri – Bright Flight

Work Study – provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students.


Scholarships – Each student must determine those they qualify for (merit and/or need-based) and complete the requirements. Check out Scholarship Tips.

Lists: Local – State – National

Search Services (free, but usually require registration – DO NOT pay for scholarship help):

   Missouri Connections – log in and go to Education > Missouri Scholarships and search clusters. – helping students pay for college since 1999. Search by Subject, State, or Student Type.

Fastweb – matches members to relevant scholarship opportunities at no cost.

Scholarship America – manages private scholarships and other financial support. – largest scholarship database on the web.

   FinAid – SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid – search by customized profile.

   Big Future – scholarship search sponsored by the College Board.

   Mach25 – scholarship search sponsored by CollegeNet.

   Sallie Mae – search sponsored by student loan provider; entered in sweepstakes.

ESA Foundation – view and apply for scholarships (Missouri residents).