How To Apply

Looking to apply for a Say Yes Scholarship? Click the button below to go to get to the online application form and begin the process or read on to learn more.

Application Steps

To apply for a Say Yes Syracuse scholarship, students must complete the following steps:

1. Enroll as a Full-time student at a Say Yes Higher Education Compact partner college.

Say Yes students must apply and be admitted to a Say Yes Higher Education Compact college to be considered for a Say Yes Scholarship. Say Yes students must attend the college full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester unless otherwise indicated by the college or university) to be eligible for a Say Yes Scholarship. It is important that students work closely with their high school guidance counselor to ensure that they have taken appropriate courses, standardized tests (SATs and ACTs), and meet all college admission requirements and deadlines.

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2. Apply for Financial Aid

Say Yes students must apply and be eligible for financial aid at Say Yes colleges prior to every year they attend college. Please keep in mind that colleges may have different deadlines and forms to complete. All students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and a New York State TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application.

Some private colleges, such as Syracuse University, also require that students complete a CSS Financial Aid Profile. Say Yes Tuition Scholarships are considered “last dollar scholarships” and can only be determined after a student has applied for financial aid at the college they are considering. Supporting content here.

3. Complete a Say Yes Student Certification Form

When students know which college or university they will be attending, they must create an account in our system.

Say Yes staff will then determine each student’s Say Yes Scholarship and ensure that the student is processed in time for the fall semester. Award disbursements (payments) are made after the start of fall and spring semesters and are paid directly to the college.

When to apply?

Eligible students who decide not to go to college right after graduation remain eligible for a Say Yes Scholarship for one academic year after their high school graduation. Therefore, if a student graduates in June 2016, the student is still eligible if he/she enrolls in college by September 2017.

Do I have to do anything else?

All students who receive a Say Yes Scholarship must maintain their Student Responsibilities to Say Yes to EducationStudent Responsibilities

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Say Yes Syracuse at sayyessyracuse@sayyestoeducation.org. Please keep a copy of the email for your records. Thank you.


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