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Scholarship Payment Updates

Eligible scholarship recipients have until December 15, 2017 to submit their Student Aid Report and Financial Aid Award to receive their Say Yes Guilford scholarship. Read below for more details...

Scholarship Payment Update

Since July, Say Yes to Education has been working with our respective university partners to obtain data and other information that is required for our organization to process scholarships.

However, that process has been delayed due to a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Education that indicates colleges and universities are not allowed to share certain information that is on a student’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), including a family’s Adjusted Gross Income or Expected Family Contribution. That data, along with other important information, is needed for Say Yes to Education to make an accurate calculation for a student’s scholarship.

Based on that ruling, we now need your help. We are requesting that ALL students that are in college for the 2017-2018 school year immediately go to your Say Yes to Education eScholarship Portal and upload your 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR report from www.fafsa.gov) along with your Financial Aid Award that you received from your college.

 

Instructions for Obtaining and Uploading SAR and Financial Aid Award

Please follow the instructions below to obtain your Student Aid Report:

To download the Student Aid Report (SAR), please use the following internet browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome doesn’t download the Student Aid Report properly.

Getting Student Aid Report (SAR) from your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

 

  1. If you have an FSA ID (username and password) and your FAFSA has been processed, you can login at fafsa.gov to view your SAR report and download (please see directions below)

Please follow the instructions below to obtain your Financial Aid Award (*please note each institution uses a different online portal, this is just a sample)

 

Sample of how to find your financial aid award

 

  1. Login to your university portal
  2. Then Click “Financial Aid” or similar link (see below)

 

  1. Then Click “Award” (see below)

  1. Click “Current Award Information” (see below)

 

  1. Select 2017-2018 academic year then click submit (see below)

  1. Then you’ll see your award (see sample below).

If you’re not sure how to send a screenshot, visit this link if you have an apple device (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201361) or this link if you have a windows device (https://www.take-a-screenshot.org/windows.html)

 

Directions for Uploading Files in Escholarship Portal

  1. Log in at https://sayyestoeducation.escholarshipsolutions.com/
  2. Click on “Document” tab
  3. Title the document
  4. Select Award Year “2017/2018”
  5. For Document Type, select “Student Aid Report”
  6. Choose file
  7. Then repeat steps 3 – 6 to upload Financial Aid Award

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Say Yes confirm your enrollment?
As a first step in processing Say Yes Guilford scholarship funding, Say Yes has to confirm enrollment with the college where a student plans to attend. All rosters have been sent to our partner institutions. Students who indicated their school choice in the Say Yes Portal are on the rosters the college receives.

As part of this process, Say Yes Guilford requests data and information about you that is included on the FAFSA to help process the scholarship calculation and payment. Say Yes depends on the university to provide that data to us and without it, we are unable to make a calculation.

Why is this request just now being made?
In mid-September 2017, the U.S. Department of Education ruled that Section 483(a)(3)(E) of the Higher Education Act (HEA) specifies that FAFSA data, which includes information related to Expected Family Contributions (EFCs) and awards, “shall be used only for the application, award, and administration of aid awarded under federal student aid programs, state aid, or aid awarded by eligible institutions or such entities as the Department may designate.”

That means that information that used to be provided by universities to third party scholarship providers, like Say Yes Guilford, is now protected only for use by the university. That’s why Say Yes Guilford is now reaching back out to parents and students to get the data directly from the them.

When does Say Yes make the scholarship calculation?
Once Say Yes receives the required information, calculations are made and Say Yes Guilford provides funding directly to the college or university (funding goes directly to the institution, not the student or guardian).

Are “holds” placed on student accounts?
Once we calculate the Say Yes award for tuition we ask schools to place holds on student accounts. Some university policies allow them to place those holds and some do not. In situations where holds are not placed, the parent or guardian may be asked to make the payment and then will be reimbursed through the school once the Say Yes payment is processed. We always ask that parents or students check with the respective school and get an understanding of their policies.

What are some general reminders?
Say Yes scholars, please make sure the FAFSA is complete and that you have completed any additional paper the institution where you plan to attend may require.

If a student has an incomplete FAFSA or has not completed verification through the Say Yes Portal, Say Yes cannot process an award.

Say Yes students must register for a full time course load (at least 12 credit hours)

What do continuing students need to do?
If a student does not complete a full time course load or does not maintain a 2.0 semester GPA, the student will be on probation with Say Yes for the following semester. While on probation, the student will receive funding, but must meet all eligibility requirements in order to receive funding for the following semester. If there are two consecutive semesters below a 2.0 GPA or not completing 12 credits, there will be no Say Yes award.

If you lose financial aid eligibility, you will also lose Say Yes funding.

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