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Deadline approaches to apply for ‘Say Yes’ scholarships

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Schools seniors who want to be eligible for college tuition funding through Say Yes to Education have until May 1 to apply.

Say Yes officials said students need to fill out both the form for federal financial aid -- the FAFSA -- and the Say Yes-specific form.

Say Yes is a nonprofit group that provides students from all income backgrounds money toward tuition for college. Guilford County is only the third school system in the country to be a Say Yes community. The amount of money students receive depends on how long the student has been enrolled in GCS and where the student enrolls in college.

So far, Say Yes Guilford Scholarship Director Kristen Christman said about 80 percent of GCS seniors have returned their Say Yes form.

Southern High School senior Jerrell Mobley, who plans to attend UNC Charlotte in the fall, said the forms take very little time to fill out.

"I mean everyone should do it," he said. "It's free money. There's no reason not to do it. They're giving you money just to go to college."