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Alternative Breaks - Discount Application

These need-based discounts are intended to assist in creating access for those who want the opportunity to participate in Alternative Breaks, but need financial assistance in order to do so. Please note that AB discounts often range from $50-$300, and while we do our best to assist students in affording the costs of the AB experience, we have limited funding. 

Because our resources are limited and we aim to ensure support is given where it is most impactful, we ask that any participant completing the application do so with integrity—with authenticity to their self and their experiences—and with respect for the other students applying for discounts. That said, we are dedicated to providing accessible and equitable experiences and encourage all students who need financial aid to complete our discount application. Applicants are encouraged to take their time to provide honest responses to each of the questions below. 

Please note that AB Discounts are not scholarship awards. Receiving a discount will entail a reduction in the cost of your AB experience, and at no time will funds be transferred to your personal accounts or your student tuition accounts. For this reason, AB Discounts are available to all AB students regardless of academic standing, citizenship status/graduation from a Utah high school, or any other factor. Additionally, receiving an AB Discount will not impact a student’s scholarship or financial aid status.

This application is for students that have been offered a spot on an Alternative Breaks experience during the Fall 2021 semester. Students must apply for an AB Discount by 11:59pm on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. You will be notified of your discount status by Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021—before the down payment for your break is due on Sunday, Sep. 5, 2021. 

If you need accomodations to complete this application, please contact J Swanger, Alternative Breaks Program Manager.


Please note that all applications for AB discounts will be reviewed anonymously—names, uNIDs, and contact information will not be shared with the review committee. The Alternative Breaks Program Manager alone will see and use this information after discount allocations have been made in order to create and award discounts.

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  1. How significantly will receiving an AB discount impact your ability or decision to participate in Alternative Breaks?
    We recognize that the process of requesting need-based financial aid can sometimes make students feel uncertain or even guilty about their responses in applications. We view this as a shortcoming of our own AB Discount process—particularly with this question—that we are committed to addressing and improving to create a more equitable application experience for our students. Please know that your response to this question will be used only in the event that we are unable to meet all of our students’ stated need, in which case discounts will be awarded first to those who select “Very significantly,” then to those who select “Significantly,” and so on.
  1. A select number of departments on campus contribute funds to the Alternative Breaks program to support their students’ involvement in communities and co-curricular activities. Would you like us to connect with departments/organizations on campus that you’re a part of to request this form of sponsorship? Please note that requests will be made anonymously—your name and information will not be shared with the department/organization.

    Connect with departments/organizations?
Last Updated: 4/22/21