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Higher Education Compact

In joining the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, private colleges and universities agree to ensure that students from Say Yes communities whose annual family income is at or below $75,000 are typically eligible, at a minimum, to attend tuition-free, provided they are accepted through the institution’s regular admission process.

Private College & University Tuition Commitment

In joining the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, private colleges and universities agree to ensure that students whose annual family income is at or below $75,000 are typically eligible, at a minimum, to attend tuition-free, provided they successfully navigate the institution’s regular admission process.

Say Yes students whose family income is above $75,000 and who are enrolled in a Compact institution are eligible to receive annual grants, from the organization’s local scholarship funds, of up to $5,000. While Say Yes adopted a citywide approach in 2008, college scholarships are still available to several hundred students in the organization’s earlier chapters in Harlem in New York City; Philadelphia, and Hartford, Conn.

NOTE: The private colleges and universities that are the members of the Say Yes Higher Education Compact are the primary source of funding to Say Yes students attending their institutions. While all of the member colleges have agreed to the basic conditions of the Say Yes program, the institutions may have policies and restrictions that are unique – including policies that may take into account a family’s assets when considering Say Yes awards. (See below.)

Parents and students seeking more information on the specific financial aid policies of members of the Say Yes Compact should consult the websites of Say Yes Buffalo, Say Yes Guilford and Say Yes Syracuse, as well as the member institutions themselves.

Limited Local College and University Partners

Say Yes’ Limited Local Higher Education Partners are private colleges and universities, usually located within 60 miles of a Say Yes chapter, that limit the Say Yes location where scholarships are offered or the number of scholarships. Students or parents seeking further information should consult the “Where We Work” map, or the websites of Say Yes Buffalo, Say Yes Guilford or Say Yes Syracuse. They may also reach out directly to the institution itself.

Public Colleges & Universities

In Syracuse and Buffalo, graduates of the cities’ public high schools are eligible, regardless of family income, for up to 100 percent of the tuition needed to attend any public two- or four-year college or university in New York State to which they are accepted. The public scholarships (including additional grants to help cover part of the cost of college housing, for those living on campus) are funded by local donors – including individuals, families, foundations and businesses – in Syracuse and Buffalo. A similar fund is being established in Guilford County , NC, to enable eligible Say Yes Guilford Scholars to attend public colleges and universities in North Carolina.

Where We Work

States With Private College Partners

Community Chapters

Cohort Chapters

New York

North Carolina

Maine

  • Bates College
  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
    Bowdoin College

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Bowdoin will treat the Say Yes Choice Grant as an outside scholarship that will first be applied to reduce any work in the student’s financial aid package. Contact Bowdoin for details.

  • Colby College

Massachusetts

  • Boston University
    Boston University

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards.

  • Harvard University
    Harvard University

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Harvard for details.

  • Lesley University
    Lesley University

    1 Say Yes Scholarship available yearly.  Contact Lesley for details.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Northeastern University
  • Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Tufts University
    Tufts University

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Tufts for details.

  • Wellesley College
    Wellesley College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Wellesley for details.

  • Williams College

Rhode Island

  • Brown University
  • Providence College
    Providence College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books. Contact Providence College for details

Pennsylvania

  • Bucknell University
  • Drexel University
    Drexel University

    5 Say Yes Scholarships available yearly. Contact Drexel for details.

  • Franklin & Marshall College
    Franklin & Marshall College

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Contact Franklin & Marshall for details.

  • Lehigh University
  • Lycoming College
    Lycoming College

    Will consider family assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Lycoming for details.

  • Muhlenberg College
  • Swarthmore College
    Swarthmore College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Swarthmore will consider family assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards.  Contact Swarthmore for details.

  • University of Pennsylvania

California

Minnesota

  • Carleton College
    Carleton College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Carleton for details.

Colorado

  • Colorado College
    Colorado College

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Contact Colorado College for details.

New Hampshire

  • Dartmouth College
    Dartmouth College

    Tuition scholarships available to students with family incomes below $100,000/year. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books. Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. Contact Dartmouth for details.

New Jersey

Washington DC

Connecticut

  • Goodwin College
  • Trinity College
  • Wesleyan University
    Wesleyan University

    Will consider family and other assets in addition to total family income to determine eligibility for Say Yes Awards. May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs – for example, room and board, and/or books. Contact Wesleyan for details.

  • Yale University

Illinois

Tennessee

  • Rhodes College
    Rhodes College

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Rhodes for details.

  • Sewanee – University of the South
    Sewanee – University of the South

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Sewanee for details.

  • Vanderbilt University
    Vanderbilt University

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Vanderbilt for details.

Texas

  • Rice University
    Rice University

    May provide financial aid packages that cover more than just tuition costs, for example, room and board, and/or books.  Contact Rice for details.

  • Texas Christian University

Higher Education Partners

National Private College and University Partners

California

Pomona College

California Institute of Technology (CALTECH)

Claremont McKenna College

Harvey Mudd

Occidental College

Pitzer College

Scripps College

Stanford University

University of San Diego

University of Southern California

Colorado

Colorado College

Connecticut

Goodwin College

Trinity College

Wesleyan University

Yale University

Illinois

Northwestern University

The University of Chicago

Indiana

University of Notre Dame

Kentucky

Simmons College of Kentucky

Louisiana

Tulane University

Maine

Bates College

Bates College

Bowdoin College

Colby College

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts

Simmons College of Kentucky

Boston University

Harvard University

Lesley University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Northeastern University

Smith College

Springfield College

Tufts University

Wellesley College

Williams College

Minnesota

Carleton College

Missouri

Washington University in St. Louis

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

New Jersey

Drew University

Princeton University

New York

The New School

Colgate University

Columbia University

Cooper Union

Cornell University

Hamilton College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Ithaca College

LeMoyne College

Marist College

Medaille College

Molloy College

Monroe College

New York Institute of Technology

Paul Smith’s College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sarah Lawrence College

Syracuse University

Trocaire College

Union College

University of Rochester

Vassar College

North Carolina

Bennett College

Davidson College

Duke University

Greensboro College

Guilford College

John Wesley University

Wake Forest University

Salem College

Ohio

Denison University

Kenyon College

Oberlin College

Oregon

Reed College

Pennsylvania

Swarthmore College

Bucknell University

Drexel University

Franklin & Marshall College

Lehigh University

Lycoming College

Muhlenberg College

University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Providence College

Brown University

Tennessee

Rhodes College

Sewanee – University of the South

Vanderbilt University

Texas

Rice University

Texas Christian University

Virginia

Washington and Lee University

Washington DC

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Limited Local College and University Partners

New York

Hilbert College

Say Yes Buffalo

Crouse Hospital College of Nursing

Bryant & Stratton College

Canisius College

Clarkson University

Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital

Daemen College

D’Youville College

Houghton College

LeMoyne College

Niagara University

Rochester Institute of Technology

St. Bonaventure University

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing

Trocaire College

Villa Maria College

Say Yes Syracuse

Crouse Hospital College of Nursing

Bryant & Stratton College

Canisius College

Clarkson University

Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital

Daemen College

D’Youville College

LeMoyne College

Rochester Institute of Technology

St. Bonaventure University

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing

Public Colleges and Universities

City University of New York (CUNY) Senior Colleges

Baruch College

Brooklyn College

City College

College of Staten Island

Hunter College

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Lehman College

Medgar Evers College

New York City College of Technology

Queens College

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

York College

CUNY Community Colleges

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Bronx Community College

Hostos Community College

Kingsborough Community College

LaGuardia Community College

Queensborough Community College

New York

Appalachian State University

Crouse Hospital College of Nursing

SUNY Plattsburgh

North Carolina

Alamance Community College

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Beaufort County Community College

Blue Ridge Community College

Brunswick Community College

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Cape Fear Community College

Carteret Community College

Catawba Valley Community College

Central Carolina Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

Cleveland Community College

Coastal Carolina Community College

College of the Albemarle

Craven Community College

Davidson County Community College

Durham Technical Community College

East Carolina University

Edgecombe Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College

Gaston College

Guilford Technical Community College

Halifax Community College

Haywood Community College

Isothermal Community College

James Sprunt Community College

Johnston Community College

Laurel University

Lenior Community College

Mayland Community College

McDowell Technical Community College

Martin Community College

Montgomery Community College

Nash Community College

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina State University

Pamlico Community College

Piedmont Community College

Pitt Community College

Randolph Community College

Richmond Commuity College

Roanoke-Chowan Community College

Robeson Community College

Rockingham Community College

Sandhills Community College

Sampson Community College

South Piedmont Community College

Southeastern Community College

Southwestern Community College

Stanly Community College

Surry Community College

Tri-County Community College

UNC Asheville

UNC Chapel Hill

UNC Charlotte

UNC Greensboro

UNC Pembroke

UNC School of the Arts

UNC Wilmington

Vance-Granville Community College

Wake Technical Community College

Wayne Commuity College

Western Carolina University

Western Piedmont Community College

Wilkes Community College

Wilson Community College

Winston-Salem State University

State University of New York (SUNY) University Centers

Binghamton University

Stony Brook University

University at Albany

University at Buffalo

SUNY Community Colleges

Adirondack Community College

Broome Community College

Cayuga County Community College

Clinton Community College

Columbia-Greene Community College

Corning Community College

Dutchess Community College

Erie Community College

Fashion Institute of Technology

Finger Lakes Community College

Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Genesee Community College

Herkimer County Community College

Hudson Valley Community College

Jamestown Community College

Jefferson Community College

Mohawk Valley Community College

Monroe Community College

Nassau Community College

Niagara County Community College

North Country Community College

Onondaga Community College

Orange County Community College

Rockland Community College

Schenectady County Community Colle

Suffolk County Community College

Sullivan County Community College

Tompkins Cortland Community College

Ulster County Community College

Westchester Community College

 SUNY Technology Colleges

Alfred State, College of Technology

Delhi

Farmingdale State College

Maritime College

Morrisville State College

SUNY Canton

SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SUNY IT (Institute of Technology)

 SUNY University Colleges

Buffalo State College

Plattsburgh

Potsdam

Purchase College

State University of New York At Oswego

SUNY College at Old Westbury

SUNY College at Oneonta

SUNY Cortland

SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Geneseo

SUNY New Paltz

The College at Brockport

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes? We invite you to reach out to the Say Yes National office or to a Say Yes chapter, to learn more about how you can get involved.