Appeals

How to appeal a denied application.

Say Yes scholarship eligibility requires you to enroll in a CMSD or partner charter school for all of high school, and to live within the CMSD boundaries for all of high school. If your scholarship application was denied but you think you meet both of these requirements, you can file an appeal to have your eligibility reassessed.

Appeals for High School Seniors: What you need to know.

The Appeals Process

How to submit an appeal and what to expect:

  • Step 1

    Complete the Appeal Application.

  • Step 2

    A College Now Advisor will call, or be available for a phone call, to walk families through the appeals process.

  • Step 3

    The Say Yes Cleveland Scholarship Board will review your appeal and contact you with their determination.

Have questions about the process?
Contact a member of our Scholarship Hotline at [email protected] or 216.454.5400.

What to Do After Your Appeal Letter Arrives

After your appeal has been reviewed by The Cleveland Scholarship Committee, you will receive a letter from Say Yes Cleveland saying your appeal has been “approved”, “denied”, or is under “consideration”. Here is what to do after you receive your letter.

Approved
Immediately follow up with your College Now Advisor and your high school counselor to begin applying to the school of your choice and to begin filling out the FAFSA.

Denial
If your appeal has been “denied”, Say Yes Cleveland will work with our partner organizations to locate additional scholarship options for you. Even though your appeal has been denied, that does not mean the end of your process. You can still receive help from your College Now Advisor to apply for additional scholarships to help reduce the total cost of attendance at a future college, university, or trade school.

Consideration
If your appeal is “under consideration”, your College Now Advisor will call the student’s parent/guardian for a follow-up (documents needed, etc.).

Want to talk to someone?

Contact a member of our scholarship hotline at [email protected] or 216.454.5400.

Ready to apply for a high school appeal?

You will be taken to an external site, SmarterSelect, to submit your appeal application. Be sure that you have all documentation ready before you apply.

Appeals for College Students: What you need to know.

If you are a current college student and are not enrolled in more than 12 credit hours, did not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards at your institution, or have been denied re-enrollment for any other reason, please begin your appeal by following these instructions:

  • Go to our Appeal Form for undergraduate college students.

  • Click the “Apply” button at the end of this section to begin the process.

  • Attach supporting documentation to the electronic appeals form such as:

    • SAP appeal approval from your institution.

    • Letter from academic advisor or other staff explaining reasons for not meeting renewal criteria, etc. to the electronic appeals form when you submit your appeal.

The Appeals Process

How to submit an appeal and what to expect:

  • Step 1

    Complete the Appeal Application.

  • Step 2

    A College Now Advisor will call, or be available for a phone call, to walk families through the appeals process.

  • Step 3

    Your College Now Advisor will send the appeal to the Say Yes Cleveland Scholarship Appeals Committee for review.

  • Step 4

    The Cleveland Scholarship Committee will vote and mark the appeal for “approval”, “denial” or “consideration”.

Have questions about the process?
Contact a member of our Scholarship Hotline at [email protected] or 216.454.5400.

What to Do After Your Appeal Letter Arrives

After your appeal has been reviewed by The Cleveland Scholarship Committee, you will receive a letter from Say Yes Cleveland saying your appeal has been “approved”, “denied”, or is under “consideration”. Here is what to do after you receive your letter.

Approved
Immediately follow up with your College Now Advisor and your and begin filling out the FAFSA.

Denial
If your appeal has been “denied”, Say Yes Cleveland will work with our partner organizations to locate additional scholarship options for you. Even though your appeal has been denied, that does not mean the end of your process. You can still receive help from your College Now Advisor to apply for additional scholarships to help reduce the total cost of attendance at a future college, university, or trade school.

Consideration
If your appeal is “under consideration”, your College Now Advisor will call the student’s parent/guardian for a follow-up (documents needed, etc.).

Want to talk to someone?

Contact a member of our scholarship hotline at [email protected] or 216.454.5400.

Ready to apply for a college appeal?

You will be taken to an external site, SmarterSelect, to submit your appeal application. Be sure that you have all documentation ready before you apply.