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 Costa Rica or Hawaii.
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 Costa Rica or Hawaii. Additionally, families that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus can qualify for the Verto Opportunity Grant.
Who is eligible to receive the Opportunity Grant?
The Verto Opportunity Grant is for families who have household incomes between $0 and $125,000. For those families who qualify and apply, you will receive either a $5,000 or $10,000 grant for the Costa Rica or Hawaii programs. For families who qualify for the grant, it can bring the cost of the entire semester program, inclusive of tuition, fees, room and board, down to $5,000 for Costa Rica, and down to $12,500 for Hawaii.
**For students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, there are additional grant funds available to defray the remaining costs, in addition to the grants for Costa Rica and Hawaii.
**Opportunity Grants cannot be combined with other Verto Scholarships and Early Enrollment tuition reductions.
How do I apply for the Opportunity Grant?
You are required to complete your Verto semester application to qualify for a grant. Once you have submitted both pages of the Verto application, you may submit the grant qualification post below.
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 week: 1) Approval of the Opportunity Grant for Costa Rica 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.
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.