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.

Free SAT Prep Classes


Syracuse University in partnership with Say Yes to Education and 100 Black Men will once again offer Free SAT Prep courses.  This year each of the courses are themed.

The first course beginning October 8th is: The Age of the Apprentice – Rapport building and student engagement to foster a conducive learning environment.

The second course beginning February 4th is:  My Philosophy on the SAT – Helping students develop their unique approach to the SAT experience.

The 3rd and final course for the 2016-17 School year beginning April 1st is: H.O.M.E. (Here Our Minds Expand) – Helping students understand achievement as a collective responsibility of family, schools and community, empowering them by acknowledging and affirming their successful year-long commitment to the program as a major achievement.

Registration now open for SAT Prep Classes at Syracuse University.  Please visit our events page to register!

Picking the right college


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