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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Despite Gov. Jay Nixon’s release of $2 million in funding, state education officials say they still expect smaller reimbursements for students using A+ scholarship funds.

Nixon released the money Wednesday for the program, which reimburses community college students who met certain requirements in high school. The reimbursements are also lower because of increased use. The program currently is funded at $33.1 million.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports education department spokeswoman Liz Coleman said the money Nixon released Wednesday would still help reduce costs that students and their families. She says the department will determine by late December how much students will have to pay.

Nixon also released $1 million for the Access Missouri grant, the state’s only need-based scholarship. He hasn’t yet released $11 million more for that program.