Scholarship Types

Say Yes Tuition Scholarship 

If a Say Yes eligible student enrolls at a Say Yes participating college and does not receive the full cost of tuition from state, federal, and/or institutional grants and scholarships, Say Yes will provide a grant for the remaining tuition balance. This locally funded Say Yes Tuition Scholarship is available to all students, regardless of family income, at SUNY and CUNY colleges. Most 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

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: Private Colleges Only

Students from families whose income is more than $75,000 who are attending a Say Yes Private Compact College 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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