Lottery and Application Deposits
To enter the Branch Out National lottery, you must submit a $15 deposit via W&M Express or by check made to the College of William and Mary and brought to the Office of Community Engagement, Blow 326A. Those deposits are due by the time the lottery closes, noon on January 25.
If you choose to apply for a trip, you must also pay a deposit either via W&M Express or by check (as above), by 5 pm on Monday, January 28.
Deposits will be applied to final trip cost for those who are selected for a trip. If you are not selected for a trip, you will be refunded that fee. (Express payments will not be processed; those who pay by check may pick them up from Blow 326A between February 4 and 15. Checks left after February 15 will be deposited - thank you for your donation to our program!)
If you apply for a trip and later withdraw from the trip, your deposit fee will not be refunded.
Each Branch Out National trip costs $250 to participate - this fee includes travel, housing, food and agency fees. You may pay with cash or with a check made to The College of William and Mary; or this year, for the first time, you may pay with W&M Express! All payments are due at the first team meeting, February 1, 5 to 7:30 pm. Please note that your final payment will be $235 after paying the $15 deposit fee.
Through the generosity of private donors and recent alumni, BON is able to offer need-based financial aid through an online application. Applications for financial aid are due January 29 at noon.
All fees are non-refundable. If you need to drop from a trip for which you have already paid, and we are able to find a replacement for you on the trip, you may be eligible for a 50% refund of the fee.
Paying to Volunteer?
Branch Out National's policy is to compensate all of our housing and community partner sites for their time and expertise in coordinating logistics, supervising service projects, providing issue education, orientation and training, and to offset any costs they may incur in the process of the alternative break.
While it may seem surprising to some that we compensate our sites in addition to providing the service we offer as volunteers, Branch Out values this practice as part of our partnerships with communities and in recognition for the high quality of service projects that we are privileged to participate in, and the significant time and energy it takes to host volunteers. Feel free to talk more with your Site Leaders or our Branch Out Co-Directors for more information about your specific alternative break's budget.