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 four-step process:

  1. Create your FSA ID, both student and parent(s)/guardian(s)
  2. Apply for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 2024-2025 FAFSA COMING DECEMBER 2023!
  3. Apply for TAP (New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program)
  4. 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 
  • 2022 Tax return (federal & state)/ record from two years prior for 2024-2025 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!

Coming in January 2024, individual help in applying for financial aid.

In the meantime, you can speak with your school counselor to answer any questions or offer guidance. You can also contact the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Supervisor, Stacy Rankin, by emailing [email protected] or calling 716.247.5310 x214.

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