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Say Yes Guilford Scholarship Information

This page provides information regarding the 2018-19 Say Yes Guilford tuition-only scholarships.

Say Yes Guilford Scholars – Summer Steps

Confirming Your Enrollment: 

As a first step in processing Say Yes Guilford scholarship funding, Say Yes has to confirm each student’s enrollment with the college where he or she plans to attend. In mid-July, Say Yes Guilford begins working with the colleges to confirm enrollment. If a student has not indicated their school choice in the Say Yes portal, they will not be on the initial roster the college receives (which could delay payment to the university). However, Say Yes will be continually sending updated list to the schools throughout the summer.

Making the Say Yes Scholarship Calculation: 

Once the college returns the necessary information, calculations are made. Say Yes Guilford provides the tuition funding directly to the college or university starting in September. Say Yes Guilford will also contact each student to tell them the details about their scholarship.

Placing a “Hold” 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.

Student Reminders:

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)

Continuing students:

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.

Say Yes Guilford Scholarship Policies

The 2018-19 Say Yes Guilford Scholarship policy:

  • Eligible students with an annual family income of $40,000 or less will receive 100 percent of the remaining tuition amount, after Pell, state and institutional aid are applied, if they have been continuously enrolled in Guilford County Schools since ninth grade.
  • Eligible students who receive the maximum award through the Federal Pell Grant program will receive a $350 Opportunity Scholarship from the Say Yes Guilford Scholarship Fund.
  • Eligible students with an annual family income of $40,001-$75,000 will receive up to $4,500 in tuition assistance toward the remaining tuition amount, after Pell, state and institutional aid are applied, if they have been continuously enrolled in Guilford County Schools since sixth grade.
  • Eligible students with an annual family income of $75,001-$100,000 will receive up to $2,250 in tuition assistance toward the remaining tuition amount, after Pell, state and institutional aid are applied if they have been continuously enrolled in Guilford County Schools since fourth grade.
  • Students with an annual family income of more than $100,000 are not eligible for Say Yes scholarships to North Carolina public universities or two year colleges.
  • This policy will be in effect for all Say Yes Guilford scholars for the 2018-19 college year.

In 2018-19, there is no change to the Say Yes Higher Education Compact partnership program with over 80 private universities across the nation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the scholarship program take into account multiple children in the family or multiple students in school?
No, Say Yes Guilford does not take that into consideration. Instead, the number of students/family members is captured in the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) via the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a required document to be eligible to receive Say Yes Guilford funding.

How is family income determined?
Family income is based on the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) listed on a family’s tax return and FAFSA.

What year is the family income based on?
The 2018-19 scholarship program is based on 2016 tax returns.

Are the dollar amounts of the tuition for a full year or per semester?
The dollar amounts are for the full year. Say Yes Guilford makes two payments, one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester.

The Say Yes Guilford online portal indicates I am tentatively eligible, what does that mean?
Tentatively eligible indicates that you may be eligible for Say Yes funding. However, your enrollment has not yet been confirmed and a calculation for your scholarship has not yet been made. Once the enrollment and calculation have been made, your status will change to eligible.

What do current college students need to do to continue receiving Say Yes funds?
If a student is continuing at the same school there are no additional steps within the Say Yes Portal, however, they must complete the FAFSA each year, register full time and maintain a 2.0 GPA. The Say Yes Certification Form is a one-time completion in the student’s senior year of high school. We just encourage them to keep their school choice and contact information updated in the Say Yes Portal.

I have a bill from the university, what do I do?

Once the Say Yes award for tuition is calculated, 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.

When will I receive my fall semester funding?
Payments for the fall semester are processed during the summer months and the first checks are sent directly to the colleges starting in September.

Say Yes Guilford Requirement Information

Say Yes Registration Form

Say Yes Guilford has opened its online registration form that Guilford County Schools seniors must complete in order to qualify for tuition-only scholarships. The certification form requires students to establish an account with Say Yes Guilford and include guardian, contact, and demographic information. The account will remain active until the student graduates from his or her postsecondary institution.

Click here for instructions on how to complete the form. Click here for the form.

FAFSA Completion

Guilford County Schools seniors who plan to enroll in college in 2017 must complete the FAFSA to be considered eligible for the Say Yes Guilford Scholarship. Students who are in college and received a Say Yes Guilford scholarship must also complete the FAFSA again. Check here for more information about the FAFSA.

What’s Next for Guilford County Schools Seniors?

If you are a member of Guilford County Schools’ class of 2019, click here to get a “Recommended Timeline for Seniors” with information on what you need to do to be ready to register for a Say Yes last-dollar tuition scholarship.

Also, if you are using the common application to apply for college, we’d like you to indicate that you attend a Say Yes-affiliated high school. This helps the college/university where you are applying more easily identify you as a potential Say Yes scholar. Here’s more information.

Contact Us

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