BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Say Yes to Education Buffalo announced Thursday that their scholarship program is expanding.
Now 20 private colleges or universities will cover tuition for students after they receive a Pell or Tap grant.
The scholarships are offered to students who've attended Buffalo public or charter schools for at least four years. Then once students have applied and been accepted to anyone of the 20 institutions they have to apply for their Pell or Tap Grant. After receiving their grant money, the private colleges or university will cover the rest of the tuition.
Local leaders said having these scholarships available help students break through financial barriers.
"This incredible compact, along with the SUNY CUNY agreement, will provide our students with a wide array of quality institutions to choose from as they consider the post-secondary opportunities. Say Yes Buffalo will truly be transformations for all students, as well as our community. " said Robert Gioia, the President of the John R. Oishei Foundation.
Since the schools are private institutions they have income requirements. For a student to be accepted they're family income must be $75,000 or less.
There are still scholarships available for students whose guardians make more. These families can apply for the Say Yes Buffalo Choice Grant. If approved, then they get $5,000 per year towards any of the private institutions in their network.
Say Yes Buffalo is also rolling out a new Student Success System. It gauges student's performance and creates a growth plan for them. If an administrator notices a child needs help; a strategic plan will be created to assist them. Also some of the schools in the district will get a site facilitator. The facilitator will work with the students to ensure that their needs are met.
The new scholarships will start with the 2013 graduates.
Here's a list of intuitions in the Private College Compact:
Bryant & Stratton
Villa Maria College
University of Pennsylvania
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
St. Bonaventure University
University of Rochester
Crouse Hospital College of Nursing
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