We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from being able to travel with us. For this reason we are constantly looking for ways to improve upon our offerings for fellowships, scholarships, and discounts to motivated participants.

Eligibility: While our fundraising opportunities are open to all SSA and WTT participants, our fellowships and full scholarships are need-based and are available to SSA Open Enrollment program applicants only.

Step 1: Complete the enrollment form.

Step 2: On the last page of the form, check the box that says ‘Are you planning on applying for Financial Aid?’

Step 3: We will send you a financial aid application once we receive your enrollment form.

Step 4: Complete the financial aid application and return it to admissions@walkingtree.org

Step 5: Receive your award offer from us, and discuss with your family to determine if the aid is acceptable.

Step 6: Inform us of your decision to accept or decline the offer.

Step 7: Begin to make payments based on the financial aid agreement, or receive a full refund on the deposit if we cannot come to an agreement on financial aid.

* Note: The total amount awarded depends on a variety of factors including parent contribution, student contribution, household income, and availability of aid.

Below are the components of our financial aid opportunities, along with some general notes on the application process. Please click on each of the tabs below to learn more about what we offer.

Extended Payment Plan

We offer extended payment plans to distribute the financial obligation of our programs over up to a year for Open Enrollment participants only.

Eligibility: Open Enrollment individual travelers only. Based on individual need and circumstance.

Deadline: Return forms within two weeks of acceptance.

Length: Up to one year extension beyond travel date.

Items Needed:

  1. Open Enrollment Application found on the program-specific webpage
  2. Financial Aid Application (this will be sent to you after you select the checkbox for financial aid in your Open Enrollment Application)
  3. Program deposit of one payment installment (fully refundable if we don’t come to an agreement on a payment plan)
  4. A copy of most recent tax return
  5. Credit Check Form
  6. Promissory Note (sent and signed once plan is determined)

Note: Can be combined with fundraising and/or a Fellowship.

Journalism Fellowships

Journalism Fellows are responsible for documenting their study abroad experiences. Before the program departs, Fellows will write a short proposal of the kind of article they hope to write and will be contacted by a WTT Director to review expectations and responsibilities. During the program, Fellows will keep a daily account of interesting stories, touching moments, difficult challenges, and personal triumphs. They will also be encouraged to conduct interviews with students, leaders, and locals and will contribute to their group’s blog. After their program, Fellows will use their notes and interviews to attempt to publish an original article in their school paper, local newspaper, and/or other news sources. The article will also be posted on our blog and may be used in other promotional materials.

As a Journalism Fellow, participants will learn to:

  • Understand one’s role as an advocate for global leadership
  • Develop writing and blogging skills while strengthening a resume for college
  • Strategize methods for documenting experiences while on program
  • Connect process of travel writing to promotion of global awareness

Eligibility: Based on individual need. No limit to the number of Fellows per program.

Deadline: Apply within two weeks of enrollment.

Amount: $0 – 50% off tuition

Items Needed:

  1. Open Enrollment Application found on the program-specific webpage
  2. Financial Aid Application (this will be sent to you after you select the checkbox for financial aid in your Open Enrollment Application)
  3. Program deposit of one payment installment (fully refunded if we don’t come to an agreement on aid)
  4. Copy of most recent tax return

Note: Participants whose families can afford the full tuition are welcome to apply for a No Funds Fellowship, in which they would be granted a Journalism Fellowship and will receive the benefits of being a Fellow but will not receive a tuition reduction. Fellowships can be combined with the Fundraiser and a Payment Plan. Below is the description of our Journalism Fellowship. If you have an idea for an Independent Fellowship that might suit your interests better, please let us know about it in your application.

Full Scholarships

Each year we partner with The Wandering Scholar to offer a handful of scholarships to students who set themselves apart from the pool of applicants. These scholarships cover the entire cost of a program, and students must apply directly through The Wandering Scholar.

Eligibility: Only available for open enrollment participants with a household income of less than $40,000 per year.

Deadline: Scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2018. All forms must be submitted before then to The Wandering Scholar directly.

Forms Needed: You will need to apply directly with The Wandering Scholar by filling out their Wandering Scholar Application. The Wandering Scholar is a non-profit organization committed to providing international education experiences to low-income students.

*Note: These scholarships are limited. Only a few are awarded each year.

Apply with The Wandering Scholar

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