Eligibility Information

Students graduating from a Syracuse City School District High School are eligible for the tuition guarantee of the Say Yes to Education Scholarship if they meet certain criteria.

The Say Yes Tuition Scholarship is available to students who:

  1. Reside in Syracuse.
  2. Continuously enroll in an SCSD high school or Syracuse Academy Science Charter School for 3 consecutive years, typically 10th-through 12th grades. (Or be legally designated as having refugee status on an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or be an otherwise eligible noncitizen).
  3. Have graduated from a public high school in the city of Syracuse within the last 12 months.
  4. Enroll full-time at a Say Yes Higher Education Compact Partner College skipping not more than one fall after high school graduation.
  5. Apply and remain eligible for financial aid each year.

Students can be considered for eligibility if they do not meet the above eligibility criteria and they have extenuating circumstances. If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria and you would like to be considered for tuition scholarship you can appeal your eligibility by clicking here. You can also contact the Say Yes to Education office at (315) 435-4501, or e-mail to sayyessyracuse@sayyestoeducation.org

What does a student need to do to remain eligible once they have been admitted and enroll?

Students will need to apply for financial aid each year and complete the financial aid process at their college. Students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For Say Yes this is defined as successfully completing a minimum of 12 credit hours a semester and maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or better.

What happens if a student does not earn the requried 12 credit hours or does not have a semester GPA of a 2.0 or better?

A student’s academic record will be reviewed at the end of each semester. If a student completes less than 12 credit hours in any given semester or does not have a 2.0 GPA, then they can make up for it by taking additional credits in the following semester and/or complete the semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better.

If a student has not completed the required 12 credit hours and does not have a 2.0 or better for 2 consecutive semesters the student will not be eligible for Say Yes awards the following semester.

Students that do not meet the standards of academic progress at the end of an academic year they can enroll over the summer to make up their deficiencies. Remember that no Say Yes funding is available to students over the summer.

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