First “Say Yes Guilford” Seniors to Apply to College Next Week

North Carolina College Application Week is Nov. 2-6

Greensboro, N.C. – Not only will GCS seniors be eligible for Say Yes last-dollar tuition scholarships when they graduate this spring, but next week, they can apply to college for free.

North Carolina College Application Week is Nov. 2 – 6. During the week, North Carolina colleges and universities accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver in lieu of an application fee, for students who qualify.

This is just one more incentive for students who may not have considered college before to apply, especially now that in-state tuition could be covered by the Say Yes Guilford endowment.

Throughout the district, high schools will open media centers and provide additional information and assistance to high school seniors who want to apply to college. Turning in an application is the first step to receiving a Say Yes scholarship, followed by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Once a student is accepted at an in-state college or university and has received his or her financial aid allotment, that student will be able to apply for a Say Yes last-dollar scholarship.

“Our students are capable of great things, but sometimes the barriers and steps it takes to get there can seem overwhelming,” says Lindsay Whitley, director of Guilford Parent Academy. “By reducing those barriers through events and initiatives like Say Yes Guilford and North Carolina College Application Week, by informing our parents and community about what they can do to help, and by offering our students the opportunity to challenge themselves academically, we give our students that extra push of hope that if they want to go to college, they can go to college.”

To learn more about how Say Yes works and what students and families can do while in GCS to better prepare themselves for college or career, parents and community members are invited to a Parent Empowerment Conference at Southwest High School from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. Topics will include Say Yes, how to earn college credit while still in high school and new trends in college admissions.

For more information on the Parent Empowerment Conference, click here.

For more information on North Carolina College Application Week, click here.

For more information on Say Yes Guilford, click here.

For more information on Guilford Parent Academy, click here.

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, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at"

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