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Greensboro, Say Yes Guilford Tapped for FAFSA Challenge Grant  

GREENSBORO, NC (May 25, 2016) – Greensboro has been selected as one of 22 US cities to receive $55,000 for the National College Access Network (NCAN) FAFSA Completion Challenge. Say Yes Guilford will serve as the grant’s project manager as it works to achieve the grant’s goal of increasing completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by five percent among all Guilford County Schools’ students in 2017.

“This grant is really about increasing access to postsecondary opportunities and success for more students,” says Marcia Weston, associate director for outreach for the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. “Data indicate that students are more likely to go to college if they complete the FAFSA and with this grant we have an amazing opportunity to create awareness and participation in the FAFSA.”

According to NCAN, it will award three to five additional monetary prizes totaling $300,000 in September 2017 to the city demonstrating the greatest percentage growth in high school FAFSA completions for the class of 2017, the city demonstrating the highest high school FAFSA completion rate, and the city demonstrating the most innovative or collaborative FAFSA completion strategy.

The FAFSA Completion Challenge is funded through a $1.6 million grant from The Kresge Foundation.  The funding awarded to the 22 cities supports the planning and execution of citywide and cross-sector FAFSA completion efforts for the 2016-17 school year, with strategic efforts to help students navigate the process.

Say Yes Guilford’s partners in filing the grant application were the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), the Carolina College Advising Corps, Guilford County Schools and UNC Greensboro. Say Yes Guilford will work with additional partners throughout the community to implement its strategies.

More information about the grant is available online at www.collegeaccess.org/FAFSAchallenge.

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About Say Yes Guilford

Say Yes to Education Guilford was formally announced on September 17, 2015. Guilford County vied with more than two dozen mid-sized cities and counties throughout the United States to become the next community partner for Say Yes to Education, Inc., a national nonprofit based in New York. Say Yes to Education Guilford seeks to help Guilford County Schools system students get the support they need to graduate from high school and be ready for post-secondary success. This support starts with the youngest learners and continues until students graduate from college or postsecondary programs. In addition, the program provides “last-dollar” tuition and other postsecondary scholarships to eligible Guilford County Schools graduates so they can afford to complete college or a postsecondary certificate. For more information, visit www.SayYesGuilford.org.


About Say Yes National

Founded in 1987, Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that partners with communities around the goals of every public school student not only graduating high school – but doing so prepared for a college or other postsecondary education, and with access to resources to make that education affordable. At the heart of Say Yes is a powerful incentive for families and communities: the prospect of a college scholarship, whether to an in-state public institution or one of the more than 100 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact. Say Yes and its partners ensure that students have the support outside the classroom – tutoring; after-school and summer programs; medical care; counseling and legal help – to clear the path to academic achievement. Say Yes works with its community partners to bring together every local stakeholder – city and county government; the school district; parents; teachers; businesses; unions; philanthropic and faith-based organizations; colleges and universities – and arms that coalition with the tools to boost postsecondary participation and success. Those systems and structures enable the work of the local Say Yes partnership to go to scale and be sustained through predictable transitions in leadership, and historically unpredictable funding from state and local sources. The organization’s support services are available to nearly 140,000 public school students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Most are in communitywide chapters in Syracuse (a pilot that began in 2008) and Buffalo (2012), as well as Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina (2015). Say Yes, which has already begun the search for its fourth community chapter, has smaller chapters in Harlem in New York City and Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.SayYestoEducation.org.


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