Finances and fundraising... let's make it happen!

Do not let financial worries stop you from doing this program! Please contact Tinamarie Stolz (tstolz@sju.edu) to talk about:

  1. Saving plans
  2. Payment plans
  3. "Domestic Only' option
    • If you have a financial concern, and reach out during the application process, we can guarantee you a spot on a domestic site. Disclosing your financial situation will not affect your ability to get into the program

WIP has 2 Separate Financial Commitments

1. Program Deposit Fee

  • Non-refundable (*refunds will be given upon one exception, please see our COVID-19 page for further details)
  • Due November 2nd, 2020
  • Online Payment
  • Domestic - $425
  • International - $625

2. Final Payment

  • approximately equal to the cost of plane ticket
  • tools and suggestions are provided for those who wish to fundraise
  • Due April 2nd, 2020
  • Domestic - $500
  • International - $800

What does this include?

  • Program on site
  • Plane ticket
  • Retreat
  • Transportation to the airport, on site, and back from the airport
  • All meals on site

Not included - passport, vaccines, food at airport

Let's Break It Down

1) For further clarification, or personalized plans, please contact Tinamarie Stolz at tstolz@sju.edu

2) Remember, if you have a financial concern, and you let us know during the application process, we can place you in a domestic location. It will NOT affect your ability to be accepted into the program.

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Savings Plan

Fee divided by the number of weeks you have until due = $ needed to save per week

  • Save for program fee by November 2nd 
    • Domestic
      • August, September, October = 13 weeks
      • $425 / 13 weeks = $32.69 per week
    • International
      • August, September, October = 13 weeks
      • $625 / 13 weeks = $48.08 per week
  • Save for a final payment by April 2nd (*NOTE, we recommend fundraising so you do NOT have to pay all of this yourself!)
    •  Domestic
      • November, December, January, February, March = 22 weeks
      • $500 / 22 = $22.73 per week
    •  International
      • November, December, January, February, March = 22 weeks
      • $800 / 22 weeks = $36.36 per week

Fundraising Ideas:

Please note that fundraising is optional but highly encouraged.  Fundraising is not coordinated through the WIP program or the university; rather, it is up to each individual to raise the money needed for their trip.  However, we will assist with ideas, encouragement, and some instructions to help you out!  Here are a few possibilities to get started...

  • Utilizing Christmas, holiday, or birthday gifts
  • Instagram or Facebook challenges
  • March Madness bracket pool
    • Setting up a March Madness pool on ESPN or CBS Sports can be a great way to raise financial support for your immersion. If you ask for a $10 donation to join your bracket pool, and you have 30 friends join, you will raise $300. You can offer a gift card to the winner to encourage your friends to join.
  • A "Pick a Number" is a large board with the numbers 1 through 40 on it. This board could be set up at school, church, or work. Friends and family are asked to pick a number that represents the amount that they are willing to give. Once they pick an amount, that number is taken off the board (or X'ed out).  And check this out - If all 40 numbers are taken, you'll raise $820 -- enough to cover the second payment for an international trip!  Or, if you don't think people will give the larger amounts, you could put the numbers 1 through 22 on the board twice (44 numbers total) -- if all of them are taken, you would raise $506 -- enough for the final payment of a domestic trip!