Background, How it Works, & Where to Start
Verto Education believes deeply in providing the access and opportunity for all students, regardless of their financial background, to study abroad. As such, by using a combination of need-based financial aid provided by Verto Education, coupled with the availability of Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grant) for eligible students, we are committed to providing access to these life-changing international experiences while at the same time minimizing student loan debt. We believe all students deserve the opportunity to change the world.
The Verto Education Latin America Opportunity Grant program is embedded deeply into our mission and values.
Our Mission & Values
Our mission is to provide an affordable and innovative way for students to incorporate travel into their four-year college experience. Spending a few months abroad before diving into the typical college grind allows students to show up on campus rejuvenated with a better understanding of themselves and what they want to do with their lives.
Verto Education was founded to make travel the path of least resistance to a college education (and degree). We believe in inclusion, transparency, access, equity and, above all, the power of travel to foster empathy and kindness across cultures.
How the Opportunity Grant Works
Eligibility for the need-based Latin America Opportunity Grant:
All students who apply and are admitted by Verto Education and selected for the Latin America program, and who apply for financial aid, will be eligible to be reviewed for the Verto Education Latin America Opportunity Grant. This is a need-based grant and eligibility can only be determined by filing a FAFSA.
Qualification #1 Criteria – Pell-Eligible Students:
Students who are determined to be Pell-Eligible (based on submission of the FAFSA to Portland State University) automatically receive a $7,000 need-based grant from Verto. This grant will be applied to defray the cost of the program, which for Fall 2020 is $15,000. In addition to the Verto Education Opportunity Grant, students will also be eligible for the Pell Grant, also determined by their FAFSA information (amounts vary based on estimated family contribution (EFC)).
Qualification #2 Criteria – Families whose household income is below $75,000:
Dependent students who are determined to be in households whose income is below $75,000 (based on submission of the FAFSA to Portland State University) automatically receive a $3,000 need-based grant from Verto. This grant will be applied to defray the cost of the program, which for Fall 2020 is $15,000.
|Verto Education Latin America Opportunity Grant|
|Qualification #1 Criteria||Qualification #2 Criteria|
|Latin America Program Cost||$ 15,000||$ 15,000|
|Verto Opportunity Grant||$ 7,000||$ 3,000|
|Net Cost to Parent and Student*||$ 8,000||$ 12,000|
*This is the net cost after Verto Education grant aid and before any state and/or federal student aid is applied, including loans.
Program and eligibility requirements are subject to revision based on federal, state and Verto Education changes to regulations and policies. Verto Opportunity Grant is limited to one semester of enrollment for entering first-year students.