Our commitment to access and affordability
Living our Mission
These extraordinary times call for a bold commitment to our students, parents, and partner colleges. Verto’s mission includes a deep commitment to access and affordability. The Verto Financial Commitment ensures that all students have access to a Verto Semester, regardless of a family’s income level.
At Verto We Believe:
- All students should have equal access to a world-class education. Verto offers the only first-year experience that partners with the nation’s top colleges and universities to guarantee admission and to ensure students are on track to graduate in four years. Once accepted into Verto, you are guaranteed acceptance into at least one of Verto’s partner schools with a reserved enrollment spot the following spring or fall.
- The best college education should be an option for every student regardless of family income or financial hardships. Determining the right school comes down to several factors, and often the biggest is affordability. At Verto, accessing a life-changing immersive academic travel experience should be for all students, not just some students.
How the Opportunity Grant Works
Our aid program is designed to enable all accepted students — regardless of financial circumstances — the opportunity to attend a Verto travel semester in either Latin America or Hawaii. Additionally, families that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus can qualify for the Verto Opportunity Grant.
Opportunity Grant: Qualification Process
The Verto Education Financial Commitment ensures that all students have access to a Verto Semester, regardless of a family’s income level. Our aid program is designed to enable all accepted students — regardless of financial circumstances — the opportunity to attend a Verto travel semester in Latin America or Hawaii. Additionally, families that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus can qualify for the Verto Latin America Opportunity Grant.
Who is eligible to receive the Opportunity Grant?
The Verto Opportunity Grant is for families who have household incomes between $0 and $100,000 or have been adversely affected by the recent coronavirus pandemic. For those families who qualify, you will automatically receive a $10,000 grant for the spring 2021 Latin American abroad program or a $7,000 grant for the spring 2021 Hawaii domestic program. For families who qualify for the grant, it brings the cost of the entire semester program, inclusive of tuition, fees, room and board, down to $5,000 for Latin America and down to $13,000 for Hawaii. 50 Opportunity Grants will be available for spring 2021, and can only be applied to the Latin America and Hawaii semesters.
**For students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, there are additional grant funds available to defray the remaining costs, in addition to the $10,000 grant for Latin America and the $7,000 grant for Hawaii.
How do I qualify for the Opportunity Grant?
Complete the grant qualification application below and submit any pertinent documentation and/or explanation of your family’s financial circumstances.
Examples of adverse circumstances we will consider, beyond the income threshold range of $0 to $100,000, include:
- Significant loss of income due to loss or change, inclusive of termination in employment, including correction to income information reported on financial and tax documents
- High medical, educational, or family expenses
- Other unexpected life event(s), or how your family has been adversely affected by the recent coronavirus pandemic
Note: we are unable to consider grant qualification applications based on circumstances that include but are not limited to:
- High consumer debt
- Personal expenses (e.g., cars, vacations, sports, etc.)
- Expenses that have not yet occurred (unrelated to coronavirus pandemic)
What is the process for review?
The Financial Services Review Committee, will review all completed submissions, and provide one of following three email responses within one business day: 1) Approval of the Opportunity Grant for Latin America or Hawaii; 2) a request for additional information or documentation; or, 3) denial of grant qualification due to not meeting the set qualifications outlined above.
Complete the Grant Qualification Application
Stephanie Collens, Verto’s Financial Services Officer, is available for in-depth discussions on strategies to finance your Verto semester. She is also available to answer questions about financial aid, FAFSA process, scholarships and grants, and how to finance your college education. You can reach her at FinancialAid@vertoeducation.org.