OPEN ARMS: OVERLAND’S FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM
BROADENING ACCESS TO OVERLAND
All year long, our admissions team works closely with families to find the right fit for their children, and in doing so we often meet families for whom an Overland trip would not be possible without financial aid. We are eager to help these families: in 2017, Overland awarded over $180,000 in financial aid; awards ranged from 10% to 50% of the trip fee.
We are also committed to building partnerships with foundations and schools. We currently work with TEEP scholars, the Ellie Burns Foundation, Cristo Rey School, Impact360, and Beacon Academy. We expect to add new partners every year.
We award the majority of our financial aid for trips starting in Williamstown, Massachusetts– this stretches our financial aid dollars, makes it easy to lend equipment and bikes, and, in many cases, reduces travel expenses to and from the trip. We welcome applications for trips based outside of Williamstown, though aid for non-local trips is limited and awarded at the end of our enrollment season in late April. Your flexibility in trip placement will increase your chances of financial assistance. Though we strive to meet the needs of all interested families seeking financial aid, we cannot guarantee an offer. When a financial aid award is offered and accepted, a non-refundable deposit is due (amount to be determined by Overland).