Say Yes Guilford and GCS Offer FAFSA Support Throughout April
Regional workshops and live FAFSA podcast scheduled
GREENSBORO, NC (April 5, 2016) – Help is on the way for Guilford County Schools’ seniors and their parents who are seeking Say Yes Guilford last-dollar tuition scholarships this year. In April, four regional workshops will be held to help parents and seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Say Yes Guilford Certification Form. Parents and seniors can also tune in to a live FAFSA podcast at 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 12.
To be eligible for Say Yes last-dollar tuition in 2016, seniors must complete both the FAFSA and Say Yes certification form. The deadline to complete the Say Yes form is May 1.
Guilford County Schools’ College Advisors Kiyah McDermid and Brandon Napier will join Say Yes Guilford’s Donnie Turlington during the live FAFSA podcast April 12. During the podcast, tips and suggestions on completing the FAFSA and preparing for college will be offered, along with information about Say Yes Guilford. Parents and seniors can tune in at www.sayyesguilford.com/fafsa-live and can ask questions via Twitter by sending them to @sayyesguilford and using hashtag #fafsalive.
Representatives and volunteers from Say Yes Guilford, Guilford County Schools and the College Foundation of North Carolina will be in attendance to provide one-on-one assistance for parents and students seeking help. Computers will be provided. The workshops will be held from 6-8 pm, with dates and locations listed below:
April 14 – Dudley High School
1200 Lincoln St., Greensboro
April 19 – Northeast High School
6700 McLeansville Rd., McLeansville
April 21 – Andrews High School
1920 McGuinn Dr., High Point
April 26 – Smith High School
2407 S. Holden Rd.
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About Say Yes Guilford
Say Yes to Education Guilford was formally announced on September 17, 2015. Guilford County vied with more than two dozen mid-sized cities and counties throughout the United States to become the next community partner for Say Yes to Education, Inc., a national nonprofit based in New York. Say Yes to Education Guilford seeks to help Guilford County Schools system students get the support they need to graduate from high school and be ready for post-secondary success. This support starts with the youngest learners and continues until students graduate from college or postsecondary programs. In addition, the program provides “last-dollar” tuition and other postsecondary scholarships to eligible Guilford County Schools graduates so they can afford to complete college or a postsecondary certificate. For more information, visit www.SayYesGuilford.org.
About Say Yes National
Say Yes to Education was founded in 1987 by money manager George Weiss, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who boldly promised 112 sixth graders at a Philadelphia public school that he would pay to send them to college if they graduated high school. In the years since, Say Yes has evolved into a national nonprofit that helps organize and galvanize entire communities around the goals of every public school student graduating high school prepared for a college or other postsecondary education – and with access to scholarships to make education affordable. The organization works with nearly 140,000 public school students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Most are in communitywide chapters in the upstate New York cities of Syracuse (since 2008) and Buffalo (2012). More than 5,000 students have gone off to college with the support of Say Yes, most in the last three years. The organization announced the addition of its newest chapters, in Guilford County, North Carolina, which includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point, on September 17, 2015. The organization, which expects to add its fourth community chapter in 2016, has smaller chapters in Harlem and Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.SayYestoEducation.org.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,000 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works alongside local parents, businesses and colleges to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. Guilford County is also a Say Yes to Education community, giving eligible GCS graduates the opportunity to apply for last-dollar tuition scholarships to attend any 2- or 4-year public institution in North Carolina. Combining choices to meet the individual educational needs for a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities makes our families say, “GCS, Yes!” For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.