At Overland, we have a robust financial aid program that we seek to grow every year. Committed to broadening access, Sarah Riessen, former Overland leader and year-rounder, developed with care our financial aid program during her two years in the office.
Sarah worked closely with families to find the right fit for their children and built partnerships with foundations and schools—TEEP scholars, Ellie Burns Foundation, Cristo Rey School, Beacon Academy—to seek out students who would love to go on an Overland trip. In 2016, Overland awarded nearly $100,000 in financial aid; awards ranged from 10% to 50% of the program fee.
We award the majority of our financial aid for trips starting in Williamstown, Massachusetts. You are welcome to apply for a trip based outside of Williamstown, though aid for non-local trips is limited and awarded later (mid to late April). Your flexibility in trip placement will increase your chances of financial assistance. Though we strive to meet the needs and interests of all families seeking financial aid, we cannot guarantee an offer. When a financial aid award is offered and accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due.
This year, Katie O’Brien leads our work with financial aid families. In 2015, Katie led our Pacific Coast bike trip, and that September, she joined our year-round staff as a member of our admissions team. Katie is committed to building on Sarah’s work and helping your child find a trip that’s right for him or her; we welcome you to submit an application, and Katie will be in touch.