Education officials are notifying Missouri community colleges that the state might reduce reimbursements for the A+ scholarship program.

The A+ program gives high school graduates who meet certain criteria reimbursements for two years of classes at a community college in the state.

Education deputy Leroy Wade said the department has told schools to prepare students for a reduction of about three or four credit hours per student. He says the warning is "very pre-emptive" and would take effect in January at the earliest.

Wade says the reductions might be necessary because the number of students using A+ money is increasing, making the program more expensive for the state.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the state spent $30.4 million on the program in fiscal 2014.