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News Release

Over 4,000 GCS Seniors Sign Up for Say Yes Guilford Scholarship

GREENSBORO, NC (May 17, 2016) – Say Yes Guilford has certified 4,139 members of the Guilford County Schools’ (GCS) graduating class of 2016 as tentatively eligible for last-dollar tuition scholarships. The number represents approximately 77 percent of the GCS senior class.

Those students are listed as tentatively eligible until they have officially graduated from high school. Students also must indicate their college choice to Say Yes by June 15 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before starting college. Starting in July, Say Yes and the respective university or college each student selects will verify enrollment and determine the amount of the last-dollar scholarship the student is eligible to receive. Say Yes will then disburse funds directly to the college or university.

All together, Say Yes Guilford received 4,917 certification forms with 98 percent of all seniors who applied listed among those eligible for last-dollar tuition scholarships. In order to receive last-dollar tuition scholarships, students must meet Say Yes’ continuous enrollment in Guilford County Schools’ requirements and must attend a UNC public college, university, or community college or a Say Yes Higher Education Compact private school. Students who do not need last-dollar tuition assistance due to Pell Grants may be eligible for the Say Yes Opportunity Grant.

While 4,000-plus certification forms were received, some were denied due to duplicate entries, forms submitted by students not enrolled in a Guilford County School, non-seniors, students who started attending Guilford County Schools in 12th grade, or students who already graduated from high school.

Students who have completed the Say Yes Certification Form prior to the May 1 deadline and have not received login credentials can request them at www.sayyesguilford.org/for-students/cert.

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