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How It Works

The Say Yes tuition guarantee is a last dollar scholarship that will cover the remaining tuition balance after federal, state and College/University Aid has been applied. Say Yes Scholarships are designed to cover the full Tuition cost of higher education.

If a Say Yes eligible student enrolls at a Say Yes Higher Education Compact partner college in the SUNY/CUNY system and does not receive the full cost of tuition from a state, federal, and/or institutional grants and scholarships, Say Yes will provide a grant for the remaining tuition balance. The Say Yes Tuition Scholarship is available to all students, regardless of family income, at SUNY and CUNY colleges.

Most Higher Education Compact private colleges guarantee full tuition to students from families with incomes of less than $75,000. Students who attend a private college with family incomes over $75,000 may be eligible to receive a Say Yes Choice Grant. Please note that tuition does NOT include room, board, fees, books or supplies. The Say Yes Tuition Scholarship ONLY supports tuition, not these other costs.

Scholarship Types

Say Yes offers scholarships to approximately 100 higher education institutions nationwide.

Say Yes Tuition Scholarship

If a Say Yes eligible student enrolls at a Say Yes Higher Education Compact partner college in the SUNY/CUNY system and does not receive the full cost of tuition from the state, federal, and/or institutional grants and scholarships, Say Yes will provide a grant for the remaining tuition balance. The Say Yes Tuition Scholarship is available to all students, regardless of family income, at SUNY and CUNY colleges.

Most Higher Education Compact private colleges guarantee full tuition to students from families with incomes of less than $75,000. Please note that tuition does NOT include room, board, fees, books or supplies. The Say Yes Tuition Scholarship ONLY supports tuition, not these other costs.

Say Yes Opportunity Grant

The Opportunity Grant may be awarded to eligible students enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY college who have received the maximum Federal Pell Grant, reside on campus, and have high remaining need for financial aid.  This grant offers up to $2,000 per year and can be used toward books, fees, or room and board.

Say Yes Choice Grant

Students from families whose income is more than $75,000 who are attending a Say Yes Private Compact College (and not receiving a Say Yes Tuition Scholarship) may receive the Choice Grant.  This grant offers up to $5,000 per year. Awards are determined by the difference between financial aid and the cost of full-time tuition.  Choice Grants, when combined with state, federal, and institutional grants and scholarships, are not to exceed the cost of full-time undergraduate tuition.

 

Student Responsibilities

What does a student need to do to remain eligible once they are in college?

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 required 12 credit hours or does not have 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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