All university students, recent graduates, and young professionals over the age of 18 are eligible to participate in Eco Practicum. We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including environmental studies, history, political science, and art. Attending or having graduated from university is not a prerequisite for participating in our programs. If you would like to participate in Eco Practicum and have not attended university, we encourage your to apply.
Contact us with any questions or to schedule a conversation.
If you are applying for financial aid or a scholarship, please see our scholarship application details (below).
You will be contacted within 10 business days to inform you whether or not you have been admitted to participate in the program.
Once admitted, you are able to pay your deposit in order to to reserve your spot in the program. Your tuition must be paid in full before you attend the program. This is also true for students receiving tuition support through their university or other institution. For information about payment plans, or to learn more about various support options, see below.
Your tuition covers all program expenses for the duration of the program. Tuition fees do not cover the cost of travel to and from the programs. In some cases, your tuition covers housing and food, as well as transportation for field trips and site visits. Since the programs vary, consult your specific program page for details.
Eco Practicum strives for diversity among the program participants, and works to make the program accessible to everyone. We recognize that not everyone is able to cover program costs, so we offer multiple tuition assistance options. Please take a look at each one, and contact us with any questions.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT OPTIONS Each of these are described below, and they can be employed all together to reduce the costs of attendance.
Group Tuition Reduction
When 4 students or more from the same university enroll in the program, tuition is reduced for each student. This is one of the ways we are growing a stronger Eco Practicum Alumni Network and presence on campus. Minimum automatic tuition reductions are as follows:
Eco Practicum NYC: $50
Eco Practicum Catskills: $150
To help spread the word at your campus, we will e-mail you a printable flier, or mail you fliers that you can put up around your campus. You can contact professors and departments that can share the info on list-servs and in classrooms, and you can encourage your friends and fellow students to apply. Contact us for details.
This is an opportunity to reach out to your community and find individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the work that you want to do.In the past, participants have raised money from their friends and family to attend the program and support our partner organizations. We are happy to send you supporting documents and help you set up an online forum to accept these kinds of donations with greater ease.
A number of universities, including Green Mountain College, Connecticut College, Smith, and Skidmore, have provided grants for their students to participate in Eco Practicum. The way to obtain this funding is to speak with your academic advisers, the head or dean of your department, professors, as well as the career center. The resources are out there, and you have to be proactive in order to tap into them. Click here for a detailed program information packet that you can provide to faculty and staff along with the itinerary associated with your program.
Eco Practicum offers a payment method that allows you to pay over an extended period of time. Once you have been admitted to the program, you will have the option to spread your payments out.
We offer need-based scholarships for participants who have raised some, but not all, of the money they need in order to attend Eco Practicum. Once you have submitted your application, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in submitting a need-based scholarship application. We will respond with the application questions and details.