Last Updated on May 6, 2020.

Here at Verto Education, we believe that every student should have a chance to travel the world, and no student should let college debt inhibit that opportunity. Verto was designed to give students the opportunity to see new countries while graduating in four years at the same cost, if not less than your typical semester of college. We’ve designed a program where traveling can actually save you money on college. 

With that being said, we know that college is still a major financial investment. Planning for college might be especially challenging right now as many families navigate financial instability due to the pandemic. 

We want the life-changing experience of traveling with Verto to be accessible to students of all financial situations even in this uncertain time. We are on track to offer amazing programs this fall and are actively working to explore every resource out there to help you get one step closer to a Verto education. We have even taken our efforts towards accessibility to the next level through our Opportunity Grant which can lower the cost of our semesters significantly (see “Step One”). 

As we do our part to ensure accessibility, we encourage students to take an active role in financing their education as well. Below is a guide on how to raise funds towards your semester with Verto Education. We wanted to share some ideas about how to ask your friends, family, and community to invest in your college experience.  By creating a compelling campaign, you can receive small donations to secure the initial deposit, and then adjust the campaign’s monetary goal to include costs for the semester’s tuition.

STEP ONE: Verto Opportunity Grant

Before you get started with your campaign, explore our Opportunity Grant to see if you qualify for a grant to significantly lower the cost of a Latin America or Hawaii semester. For those who qualify, our Latin America and Hawaii semesters can cost as little as 5k and 13k respectively! 

You can use FAFSA to determine your eligibility for our Verto grant and just like at any college, you can apply additional government aid to our semesters as well. 

With a lowered tuition, you are one big step closer to financing your semester! 

Platform Options

Once you’re clear on the total cost of your Verto semester, you can utilize fundraising platforms to cover the remaining cost.

We recommend using GoFundMe, but you can use any trusted crowdfunding option. GoFundMe is widely known and trusted with low fees.

GoFundMe Overview: 

Payment fee: 2.9% + $0.30 per donation
You can withdraw immediately, and deposits take 2-5 business days
GoFundMe Guarantee protects donors and beneficiaries from fraud

Example Campaign Template & Tips for Success

Campaign title: (Your Name)’s Educational Travel in (location)

Photos & videos: High-quality photo/video of yourself, and Verto’s Youtube video

Tell Your Story:

“Hi, my name is ________ and I am ___ years old. I plan to study abroad in ________ in September 2020 for three months for a full semester of college credit with Verto Education, learning about (your semester’s fundamental topics). This trip is my opportunity to be fully immersed in a different culture and develop a more well-rounded view of the world. My goal is to raise $500 to secure my deposit and begin my world exploration on the trip of a lifetime.”

Additional Campaign Tips

1

Create a video of yourself speaking to your passion for studying abroad and how important a Verto semester will be for you.
2

Provide something to your donors (access to your personal blog, a work of personal art, something unique that you can give back)
3

Create hashtags like… #abetterfreshmanyear #holidaygiving #myroadtoverto #worldtraveler #highereducation
4

Customize your URL to match your campaign title
5

SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Post to your social media, asking anyone and everyone to like, share, and donate to your campaign.
6

Add updates to your campaign, letting everyone know your progress.
7

Reply to each donation with a personal thank-you message

Final Thoughts

Let your donors know exactly what their contributions are helping you achieve and be sure to express gratitude for their support. Just like any college or university, you can also use FAFSA to contribute to your first semester of college abroad with Verto Education. With creativity, confidence, and a little perseverance, you can achieve your financial goals and make studying with Verto Education a reality.

While there are so many unknowns at this challenging time, Verto’s commitment to the highest quality education remains clear. All Verto fall programs will continue as planned (see our Fall Scenario Plan) and we remain fully committed to ensuring that all our students stay on track to enroll at a partner institution and graduate in four years (as outlined in our Enrollment Guarantee). 

More than ever, Verto believes in the purpose of international education and we encourage incoming freshmen to embody that purpose by forging ahead and planning for a better future.