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College Access Program

How to apply for FAFSA, TAP, and Say Yes, and get help along the way.

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If you are graduating from a Buffalo public or charter high school, then you are most likely eligible for a full or partial Say Yes Scholarship that will assist with your college or postsecondary tuition! (Read more about eligibility here.)

Getting financial aid and a Say Yes scholarship is a three-step process:

  1. Apply for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  2. Apply for TAP (New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program)
  3. Complete the Say Yes Scholarship registration

What You will Need

  • Valid Email Address ​for both student and parent/guardian
  • Social security numbers – for student, and parent(s) if applicable 
  • Parents birth dates and dates of marriage/divorce if applicable 
  • Permanent resident card (if you have one) or Alien Registration Number if applicable 
  • 2021 Tax return (federal & state)/ record from two years prior for 2023-2024 school year
  • W2 or documentation of money earned from other sources
  • Siblings names/social security numbers if enrolled full-time in college also
  • NYS ID number (Driver License number)

Do you need help? Get an appointment!

If you need help completing your FAFSA/TAP/Say Yes applications and paperwork, or need to check on the status of applications or paperwork you may have already completed, this is the place!

Class of 2023, you can get support by contacting your school counselor,   Stacy Rankin at [email protected], or signing up for a session with a College Access Specialist below:

Monday – Thursday 4:00pm– 7:00pm and Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm

Monday with Gloria

Monday with Ahsanul

Tuesday with Emily

Wednesday with Johnny

Wednesday with Nilah

Thursday with Ardina

Saturday with Afifa

Saturday with Sarah

meet the college access specialists

Afifa Oyfa

UB Class of 2025

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Business Administration


Ahsanul Zubair

UB Class of 2024

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Information Technology and Management


Ardina Osmani

UB Class of 2025

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Psychology

 


Emily Liu

UB Class of 2024

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: English


Gloria Mayizo

UB Class of 2025

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Major: Legal Studies


Johnny Yeung

UB Class of 2023

Hometown: New York, NY

Major: Psychology


Sarah Raymond

UB Class of 2024

Hometown:  Suffern, NY

Major:  Social Science Interdisciplinary in Early Childhood

 

 


Nilah Smith

UB Class of 2024

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major:  Psychology with a minor in Law

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