by Truman Self, Ozarks News Journal

Affording college for anyone can be a challenge. Right now, about seventeen percent of the student body at Ozarks Technical College receive assistance from the state’s a plus program.

Lindsey Chandler is a student receiving benefits from the A+ program.

“That’s the biggest reason why I decided to go through with the a+ program and go to OTC because it was something I could afford,” said Chandler.

The program does more than just fund two years of college for students.

“I think it gave me something to work for,” said Chandler.

The state made a promise to students when they were in high school if they met the requirements then two years of tuition would be paid for. Lindsey says if the state cuts out part of the a+ program in 2015, it could effect future enrollment for certain students.

“No one is going to be able to go to college because no one can afford it,” said Chandler.

Mark Miller is the Director of Communications at Ozarks Technical Community College.

“A student may have to end up paying for 3 or 4 credit hours in the spring of 2015,” said Miller.

Some high school students simply can’t afford college and they depend on the a+ program for assistance. While others just chose not go and they struggle.

“It still keeps you on your toes even after you leave high school because you still have requirements to keep. so you’re not taking advantage of it,” said Chandler.

Whether the state will cut part of the budget for the a+ program remains unknown at this time and we will not know until sometime in early 2015.