Say Yes Partnership with Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Voucher Program

About the Southwest Ticket Vouchers Program

Say Yes to Education has a partnership with Southwest Airlines to provide a limited number of free airline tickets to Say Yes eligible students to travel to any private college or university in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact located beyond North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Students must be currently enrolled in a GCS high school in order to be eligible for the flight voucher.

Round-trip student tickets and adult guardian tickets (limit one adult guardian ticket per student ticket) are available for Say Yes eligible students who have arranged to visit a college or university in the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact. Please note that the free round-trip tickets can only be applied to travel to private compact institutions located outside of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

How to Sign Up:
Please complete this online form to submit your information and request for vouchers. The following guidelines provide more information about how free airline vouchers are awarded to students and guardians. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Say Yes Guilford at 336-814-2233 or via email at guilfordscholarship@sayyestoeducation.org to inquire.

Eligibility Requirements:

A. A qualifying student must be enrolled in the tenth grade (or higher) at a Say Yes partner high school. (A Say Yes-eligible student enrolled in a two-year postsecondary institution who is seeking to transfer to a four-year private Compact institution may also be considered to receive one round-trip air voucher.)

B. For a student (and accompanying parent or guardian) to receive a round-trip airline voucher or other ticket from Say Yes, the family must demonstrate financial need.

Examples of supporting documentation (to be shared with the local Say Yes chapter as part of the travel request) may include:

• Proof of eligibility for a free or reduced-priced school lunch
• Proof of participation in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program
• An acknowledgment provided by the student from a Say Yes partner college or university that the student has qualified, based on need, for a waiver of the college’s application fee

C. No more than one round-trip ticket/voucher will be issued to a student during each academic year

D. Only one round-trip voucher/ticket will be issued for a parent/guardian per trip, regardless of how many children from a family or household have a college appointment and have requested a ticket for that trip.

E. Screening for eligibility will be conducted at the chapter level

Permitted Travel:

A. To be considered for a Say Yes airline ticket/voucher, a student must be able to demonstrate – to the local Say Yes chapter — evidence of an appointment for at least one of the following at a Say Yes private college partner institution:

• Campus tour
• Group information session
• Admissions interview

B. Tickets must be requested at least six weeks prior to anticipated day of travel

C. While requests to fly out of, and into, particular airports will be considered – as well as preferred dates and times of travel – Say Yes reserves the right to choose an alternative itinerary

Cancelation Policy:

A. Students and parents/guardians are responsible for notifying Say Yes in writing, prior to the date and time of travel, of any intention to cancel a ticket – ideally no more than 48 hours beforehand. The Say Yes National office will then communicate the cancelation directly to Southwest.

B. Under no circumstances will a student (or accompanying adult) be permitted by Say Yes to change or rebook a canceled flight directly with Southwest. If the cancelation takes place on the day of departure, and a Say Yes representative cannot be reached, the family should call Southwest prior to the departure time, advise Southwest of the cancelation and receive a cancelation number – which the family is then responsible for providing to Say Yes, immediately and in writing.

C. A student or family who does not follow the cancelation rules above will be prohibited from receiving future airline tickets from Say Yes.

D. A student wishing to rebook a canceled Say Yes flight – or to change an existing itinerary – must again provide evidence to Say Yes of an appointment on a Say Yes partner college campus. Changes or rebookings will be made at the discretion of Say Yes.

E. Say Yes will make every effort to take into account cancelations that are weather-related, or otherwise outside of a family’s control

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