Parents worried about ‘Say Yes’ money

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Hayley Harding says a lot of parents have been nervous.

She and other Guilford County parents have tuition bills due at the end of the month, but they have not received Say Yes scholarship money.

“It's coming time to pay our college bill and nobody's gotten their money, so people are getting a little concerned about when it's going to be sent out,” Harding said.

Harding contacted Say Yes Guilford and was told in part via e-mail that if the school did not post a credit to the student’s account by the time the bill was due, she would be required to pay the amount up front and then be refunded by Say Yes.

“Thank goodness I have the tuition to put up front and be reimbursed, but some people probably thought they were going to have it when the bill was due and now they're telling us they're not going to have it until September,” Harding said.

Say Yes confirmed it did give that response, but that was before meeting with schools to find a better solution.

“We are in conversation now with all of our college partners, colleges and universities within the UNC System as well as our private schools,” scholarship director Kristen Christman said.

Say Yes checks will go out the first Wednesday in September and will go directly to the schools.

Say Yes is doing what it can to make sure parents do not have to cover any Say Yes funding.

The goal is to have schools place a hold/defer payment notice on the student’s account indicating that he or she is a Say Yes Guilford student.

“We don't want parents to worry about their students being dropped for non-payment or not being able to register. That’s a conversation we are having with the colleges and universities as well,” Christman added.

If they haven’t already, it’s important that Say Yes students put where they are going to school in the Say Yes portal.

“If they haven't properly indicated their school choice, it's going to be hard for us to know where they are going. Rosters have been sent. If it’s done incorrectly they would not have been on that roster,” scholarship coordinator Kinsley Fraser said.

“Just through the online portal it was pretty simple and easy to do,” Say Yes scholarship recipient Gretchen Blankinship said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Say Yes Guilford provided information for parents and students to clarify any concerns.

That information is also available on the Say Yes Guilford Facebook page.

For other questions, contact the Say Yes Guilford office at (336) 814-2233.