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Say Yes at SUNY Erie

  • Say Yes Scholarship at SUNY Erie

    Say Yes Scholarship at SUNY Erie will cover remaining tuition charges after all federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships are applied. The amount of the tuition scholarship is dependent on the number of consecutive years a student has attended a Buffalo public or charter school through grade 12. (See chart below). Say Yes Scholarship at SUNY Erie is available to students who meet the follow criteria:

    • Resides in the city of Buffalo;
    • At minimum, completed grades 9-12, in consecutive years at a public or charter school in the city of Buffalo (Or is legally designated as having McKinney-Vento status, having refugee status on an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or is an otherwise eligible noncitizen);
    • Graduated from a public or charter school in Buffalo beginning in June 2013;
    • Enrolled full-time at a Say Yes Buffalo partner college within one year of high school graduation; and
    • Applied for all federal and state financial aid programs available (FAFSA and TAP), including Selective Service as required by law.
    Entry Grade Eligible Percent of Tuition
    Kindergarten 100%
    1st, 2nd or 3rd grade 95%
    4th, 5th or 6th grade 80%
    7th, 8th or 9th grade 65%
  • SUNY Erie Summer Success Academy

    The Summer Success Academy is an innovative collaboration that brings together; Erie Community College and the City of Buffalo Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. Fifty Buffalo Public and Charter high school graduates are selected to participate in the program. The Summer Success Academy strives to reduce or eliminate the need for non-credit (developmental) coursework at the start of the fall 2018 semester and to strengthen participants’ academic and personal growth. The program also seeks to familiarize students with the expectations of post-secondary level academic work. If you are a senior in high school and plan to attend SUNY Erie in the fall 2019, please contact us and/or your high school guidance counselor for more information.

    The SUNY Erie Summer Success Academy is open to 50 Say Yes Buffalo Scholars who have applied to Erie Community College, completed the ACCUPLACER placement test, and have placed into one or more developmental courses. The purpose of the Summer Success Academy is to provide recent high school graduates transitioning into Erie Community College with the academic support and interpersonal skills needed to successfully achieve a post-secondary education.

    Some highlights of Say Yes include:

    • Academic readiness in reading, writing and math
    • Career exploration and planning
    • College first-year experience seminars
    • Fun team-building and leadership activities
    • Earn and learn: students who apply and are eligible for Mayor's Summer Youth receive a stipend of 20 hours per week
    • 5 week program (early July to early August)
    • Participants receive a bus pass
    • Lunch provided (Monday - Thursday)
  • Need Help?

    Say Yes at SUNY Erie

    Lauren McCarthy, Director
    City Campus
    Room 146
    45 Oak Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 270-4721
    Courtney Bauer, Case Manager
    City Campus, 45 Oak St. Room 146: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
    North Campus, Room B300: Tuesday and Friday
    P: (716) 270-4470
    Beth Holleran, Case Manager
    City Campus, 45 Oak St. Room 146: Monday through Friday
    P: (716) 270-2668
    Booker Piper, Case Manager
    City Campus, 45 Oak St: Monday, Tuesday and Friday
    South Campus, Room 5212: Wednesday and Thursday
    P: (716) 851-1174