Each student must enter into a written agreement with the school prior to high school graduation and:
- Have attended a designated A+ School for three consecutive years prior to high school graduation;
- Graduated from high school with an overall grade point average of two and five-tenths points or higher on a four-point scale, or graduated from a high school with documented mastery of institutionally identified skills that would equate to a two and five-tenths grade point average or higher;
- Have at least a ninety-five percent attendance record overall for grades nine through twelve;
- Performed fifty hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring for younger students; and
- Maintained a record of good citizenship and avoidance of the unlawful use of drugs and/or alcohol;
- Score "proficient" or "advanced" on the Algebra I End-of-Course Exam
Each participating student must during the four-year period of incentive availability:
- Have enrolled and attend on a full-time basis a Missouri public community college or vocational or technical school; and
- Maintain a grade point average of two and five-tenths points or higher on a four-point scale;
In September 2014, the Missouri Department of Higher Education announced a possible reduction of reimbursement to current and future college students. According to Leroy Wade, deputy commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the changes could take place as early as January 2015.
- Robison, Robert A. (1995). "Missouri's A+ Schools Program: Providing Quality Education For All Students". NASSP Bulletin. Thousand Oaks, CA, [etc.]: Sage Publications, [etc.] 79 (574): 26–33. doi:10.1177/019263659507957406.
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "A+ Schools Resource Book, DESE 3300-2 Rev 11/07" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
- Emily Wood, KY3 News. "Cuts to Missouri A+ program would impact 1000s of students". Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2014-09-23.