Scholarship Types

Say Yes provides three types of scholarships aimed towards tuition costs.

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

(SUNY/CUNY Colleges Only)

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

Say Yes Choice Grant

(Private Colleges Only)

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.

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