Financial Aid & Applicant Support

LALA's Financial Aid

The application process to our Leadership Camps can be an exciting learning experience, but it can also bring feelings like anxiety or insecurities. It’s normal to think that you are not enough to get in or that you don’t have the financial means. That’s why we created a series of initiatives to support you throughout the application process. We are together on this journey!

WHAT TO EXPECT?

The Process

Yes, the price of the Leadership Camp might sound scary for some applicants. But don’t worry!! We offer need-based financial aid, which means we provide scholarships based on the economical situation of the applicant and its family, not on their merit (like projects, grades or awards). Besides the scholarships we provide, a lot of students complement it with the Fundraising Program.

PHASE 1: Application

Applicants fill out the Financial Aid form after applying for the Leadership Camps. Please be honest and request the financial aid that you truly need, so applicants who need more economic support can get it.

PHASE 2: Review

We have a need-blind applications process, which means that we don’t considering applicants' financial situation when deciding whether they get accepted or not.

PHASE 3: Calculation

The Financial Aid calculates the scholarships to each candidate. The model considers factors such as family income (total and per capita) and the proportion of all admitted students in the season to provide the distribution of scholarships in the most equitable way possible.

PHASE 4: Decision

Acceptance letter is sent with a scholarship offer.
Applicants can receive a wide range of scholarships, from none to 100%, depending on their situation and the financial aid available. If you don’t get the scholarship you were expecting, GIVE IT A CHANCE! We have more resources for you (keep reading)!!!

90% of the applicants receive
financial aid.

Fundraising Program

In this program, we offer accepted students the support, mentorship, guidance, and a community environment to collect the funds to be part of the Leadership Camps.

To participate, you don’t need to have any experience in fundraising. Just be committed to learning!

The program runs for four weeks after applicants are accepted, where we focus on supporting you on how to:

  • Tell your story;
  • Create and promote a crowdfunding campaign online;
  • Build your network;
  • Find ways to move forward with your fundraising campaign independently;
  • Connect with other accepted students.

Application support for black and indigenous students

LALA understands that the pathways to opportunity are broken for most, especially for black, indigenous or otherwise marginalized individuals. That’s why we have created a program where brazilian applicants from these communities will receive special mentorship and guidance at the moment of completing their application. We’ll pair you-up with an LALeader (student who already went to a Leadership Camp) and this person will guide you through the application process. Sign-up below before January 29th.

Open Week

The Open Week is a 5-days long online event in which you can learn more about the Leadership Camps, how to apply, financial aid and the LALA community. It will happen from January 30th to February 2nd. Check out our Instagram for details and the link to join.

  • January 30th: LALA’s ABC;
  • January 31st: Financial aid;
  • February 1st: How to stand out in your application;
  • February 2nd: LALA after Camps.

Office Hours

During the application process, we offer office hours open to any applicant. These are video calls in which applicants can ask their questions to the Admissions Department. You can bring anything from technical issues you might have with the platform to how to write your essay. Check out our Instagram for details and the link to join. Don’t be shy, we are here to help!

Familly Support

Ok, you attended the Open Week, Office Hours but don’t know how to convince your guardians about how awesome LALA is? We got you. On February 6th we’ll do an online event for families. Bring the responsabile adult you need to get onboard and we’ll take care of the rest. Check out our Instagram for details and the link to join.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The total cost of attendance of the Virtual Camps is US$500, for the In-person camp, the price is US$1500. The details will be shared in the acceptance letter. Wait, don’t give up because of the price! We have financial aid available to ensure accessibility for all applicants.

The Financial Aid team at LALA takes into account all the demonstrated need from the financial information shared by the candidates during their application (Financial Form), respecting the regulation on Data Policy, to calculate the scholarships to each candidate. The model considers factors such as family income (total and per capita) and the proportion of all admitted students in the season to provide the distribution of scholarships in the most equitable way possible.

Briefly, applicants with lower incomes are more likely to receive scholarships, but 90% of the applicants receive a certain amount of financial aid.

You will receive your payment link a few weeks after your admission letter.

The payment to participate in the v-camp is a way of guaranteeing your participation and it serves not only to increase your commitment and allow an entrance to LALA’s Ecosystem with dozens of opportunities, but also to support the costs that the program has, mainly with the staff that works facilitating, organizing, coaching, creating materials, and providing technical support to all. Currently, LALA employs more than 120 people during each camp season and is able to provide leadership development for around 500 students from all over Latin America. As LALA is a non-profit, all revenue from the programs is reinvested, collaborating for the sustainability of the organization.

As a nonprofit organization that develops the emerging leaders of Latin America, we encourage you to take on our Fundraising Program. We also provide webinars and resources to help you figure out how to raise funds to cover the costs of your camp.

If you have further inquiries, feel free to reach out to: 

Please make sure to name the email subject in the following way: Name/Matter (e.g.: Maria/Interview Problem).

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