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Higher Education Partnerships

Say Yes students have the opportunity to receive scholarships to colleges and other post-secondary institutions, whether two-year, four-year or vocational – public or private.

Higher Education Compact

The private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact are located in more than 21 states and the District of Columbia — and provide applicants from Say Yes communities with an array of options. Our higher education partners range in size from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities, and include the nation’s most selective institutions as well as others whose admissions processes are less competitive. Local Say Yes Scholarship Directors work with counselors, and students themselves, to help identify institutions that may match their academic and other interests.  View the Higher Education Compact Partners here.

Private College and University Tuition Commitment

In joining the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, private colleges and universities agree to ensure that students whose annual family income is at or below $75,000 are typically eligible, at a minimum, to attend tuition and fee-free, provided they successfully navigate the institution’s regular admission process.

Please note that some of the private college partners have a higher income cap and we encourage families to contact the school(s) directly.

Say Yes students whose family income is above $75,000 and who are enrolled in a Compact institution are eligible to receive annual grants, from the organization’s local scholarship funds, of up to $5,000. This grant is called the Say Yes Choice Grant and is provided to help cover part of the cost of tuition. GCS graduates must have been enrolled in a GCS school since 9th grade in order to be eligible for a Choice Grant. The Choice Grant, when combined with Pell, state, and institutional aid, cannot exceed the cost of tuition. Similarly, if the school covers tuition for a family whose family income is above $75,000, the student is not eligible for a Choice Grant.

NOTE: The private colleges and universities that are the members of the Say Yes Higher Education Compact are the primary source of funding to Say Yes students (with a family income at or below $75,000) attending their institutions. While all of the member colleges have agreed to the basic conditions of the Say Yes program, the institutions may have policies and restrictions that are unique – including policies that may take into account a family’s assets when considering Say Yes awards. 

LIMITED LOCAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

Say Yes’ Limited Local Higher Education Partners are private colleges and universities, usually located within 60 miles of a Say Yes chapter, that limit the number of scholarships available at their institution. There are five scholarships awarded for tuition and fees (for students with a family income at or below $75,000) and five Say Yes Choice Grants awarded (for students with a family income above $75,000). The selection process is determined by the partner institution. High Point University is the only Limited Local Higher Education Partners for Guilford. Click here to learn more about High Point University’s Say Yes scholarship process.

Public Colleges
and Universities

Eligible graduates of Guilford’s public high schools have the opportunity for scholarships at any public two- or four-year college or university in North Carolina to which they are accepted. The public scholarships (including the Opportunity Grant for those receiving full Pell) are funded by local donors – including individuals, families, foundations and businesses – in Guilford.

Where We Work

States With Private College Partners

Community Chapters

Cohort Chapters

North Carolina

Maine

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
    Bowdoin College

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Bowdoin will treat the Say Yes Choice Grant as an outside scholarship that will first be applied to reduce any work in the student’s financial aid package. Contact Bowdoin for details.

  • Colby College

Massachusetts

  • Boston University
    Boston University

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards.

  • Harvard University
    Harvard University

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Harvard for details.

  • Lesley University
    Lesley University

    1 Say Yes Scholarship available yearly.  Contact Lesley for details.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Northeastern University
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Tufts University
    Tufts University

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Tufts for details.

  • Wellesley College
    Wellesley College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Wellesley for details.

  • Williams College

Pennsylvania

  • Bucknell University
    Bucknell University

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Bucknell University for more information.

  • Drexel University
    Drexel University

    5 Say Yes Scholarships available yearly. Contact Drexel for details.

  • Franklin & Marshall College
    Franklin & Marshall College

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Contact Franklin & Marshall for details.

  • Lehigh University
  • Lycoming College
    Lycoming College

    Will consider family assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Lycoming for details.

  • Muhlenberg College
  • Swarthmore College
    Swarthmore College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Swarthmore will consider family assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards.  Contact Swarthmore for details.

  • University of Pennsylvania

California

Minnesota

  • Carleton College
    Carleton College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Carleton for details.

New York

Colorado

  • Colorado College
    Colorado College

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Contact Colorado College for details.

New Hampshire

  • Dartmouth College
    Dartmouth College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Dartmouth for details.

New Jersey

Washington DC

Connecticut

  • Goodwin College
  • Trinity College
  • Wesleyan University
    Wesleyan University

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Contact Wesleyan for details.

  • Yale University

Illinois

Tennessee

  • Rhodes College
    Rhodes College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Rhodes for details.

  • Sewanee – University of the South
    Sewanee – University of the South

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Sewanee for details.

  • Vanderbilt University
    Vanderbilt University

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Vanderbilt for details.

Texas

  • Rice University
    Rice University

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Rice for details.

  • Texas Christian University

National Private College and University Partners

California

California Institute of Technology (CALTECH)

Claremont McKenna College

Harvey Mudd

Occidental College

Pitzer College

Pomona College

Scripps College

Stanford University

University of San Diego

University of Southern California

Colorado

Colorado College

Connecticut

Goodwin College

Trinity College

Wesleyan University

Yale University

Illinois

Northwestern University

The University of Chicago

Indiana

University of Notre Dame

Kentucky

Simmons College of Kentucky

Louisiana

Tulane University

Maine

Bates College

Bowdoin College

Colby College

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts

Boston University

Harvard University

Lesley University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Northeastern University

Smith College

Springfield College

Tufts University

Wellesley College

Williams College

Minnesota

Carleton College

Missouri

Washington University in St. Louis

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

New Jersey

Drew University

Princeton University

New York

Rochester Institute of Technology

The New School

Colgate University

Columbia University

Cooper Union

Cornell University

Hamilton College

Ithaca College

Marist College

Medaille College

Monroe College

New York Institute of Technology

Paul Smith’s College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sarah Lawrence College

Syracuse University

Union College

University of Rochester

Vassar College

North Carolina

Wake Forest University

Bennett College

Davidson College

Duke University

Greensboro College

Guilford College

John Wesley University (Laurel University)

Salem College

Ohio

Denison University

Kenyon College

Oberlin College

Oregon

Reed College

Pennsylvania

Bucknell University

Swarthmore College

Drexel University

Franklin & Marshall College

Lehigh University

Lycoming College

Muhlenberg College

University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Providence College

Brown University

Tennessee

Rhodes College

Sewanee – University of the South

Vanderbilt University

Texas

Rice University

Texas Christian University

Virginia

Washington and Lee University

Washington DC

Georgetown University

George Washington University

Limited Local College and University Partners

Say Yes Guilford

High Point University

Public Colleges, Universities and Community Colleges

Four Year Institutions

Appalachian State University

East Carolina University

Elizabeth City State University

Fayetteville State University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina State University

UNC Asheville

UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Charlotte

UNC Greensboro

UNC Pembroke

UNC Wilmington

UNC School of the Arts

Western Carolina University

Winston-Salem State University

Two Year Institutions

Alamance Community College

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Beaufort County Community College

Bladen Community College

Blue Ridge Community College

Brunswick Community College

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Cape Fear Community College

Carteret Community College

Catawba Valley Community College

Central Carolina Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

Cleveland Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

College of the Albemarle

Craven Community College

Davidson County Community College

Durham Technical Community College

Edgecombe Community College

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College

Gaston College

Guilford Technical Community College

Halifax Community College

Haywood Community College

Isothermal Community College

James Sprunt Community College

Johnston Community College

Lenior Community College

Martin Community College

Mayland Community College

McDowell Technical Community College

Mitchell Commuity College

Montgomery Community College

Nash Community College

Pamlico Community College

Piedmont Community College

Pitt Community College

Randolph Community College

Richmond Commuity College

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Robeson Community College

Rockingham Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Sampson Community College

Sandhills Community College

South Piedmont Community College

Southeastern Community College

Southwestern Community College

Stanly Community College

Surry Community College

Tri-County Community College

Vance-Granville Community College

Wake Technical Community College

Wayne Commuity College

Western Piedmont Community College

Wilkes Community College

Wilson Community College

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes Guilford? We invite you to reach out to learn more about how you can get involved.