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.