Financial Aid (FAFSA & TAP)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NY State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application must be completed by all eligible Say Yes to Education scholars seeking funds from Say Yes to Education. The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association’s local Chapter (The Financial Aid Counseling Network) annually holds FAFSA filing nights at each of the high schools in which Financial Aid advisers help students and families complete the FAFSA application.


All students who want to qualify for a Say Yes Scholarship must apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and if they are attending college in New York State, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP ). We highly recommend that students complete their FAFSA and TAP applications prior to submitting their Say Yes Syracuse applications. The hard deadline to submit your FAFSA and NYS TAP applications is August 1 following your high school graduation.

Students must then reapply for FAFSA and NYS TAP each January or February they are enrolled in college. Students applying to some private colleges must also complete the CSS Financial Aid Profile

To help students and families with applying for financial aid, the Financial Aid Counseling Network (FACN) was created as a joint effort between Say Yes to Education, the Syracuse City School District, and financial aid administrators from the colleges in Central New York. The FACN sponsors programs that help educate and inform students and their families about the college financial aid process. In addition to holding college information events for high school juniors and seniors in each SCSD high school, the FACN conducts a number of financial aid application filing events where students and parents can meet one-on-one with a financial aid professional in numerous community locations and complete the financial aid application process.

All programs will be announced by the high school guidance counselors and advertised on this Say Yes Syracuse website. Students are welcome to attend events at any of the SCSD high schools if they are unable to attend the event scheduled at their high school. View the events page for listings of upcoming FAFSA Completion Nights and Collegiate Sundays.

To learn more about Financial Aid, you may also visit Fin Aid’s SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

Remember to complete FAFSA and TAP applications

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