New Option for Funding Assistance
FPI is happy to announce a new option for all program participants. For those who wish to participate in this program, we can now provide a peer-to-peer crowd funding platform for all of our field course students and research assistants. Using this option, you will be able to make your own fundraising page to share with your contacts and social networks. This can reduce, or potentially eliminate, your program fees.
For Field Course Participants:
When you raise funds as a field course participant, all of the donations you receive will be applied to your course fee*. At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue you a discount code for 100% of the funds that you have raised. You would then enter this code as you make your final course payment. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well.
*Please note that funds raised in excess of your program fee will be rolled into our general scholarship fund. Also, if you withdraw from the course at any time, your donors cannot get a refund. In this case, all of those funds would also roll over into our scholarship fund to benefit the science education of other students.
For Research Assistants:
Since we are unable to offer scholarships for RAs, and because we want our research teams to be supportive of one another, the peer-to-peer fundraising option is a little different. When you raise funds as a research assistant, half of what you raise will be applied toward your program fee, while the other half will be put into a general pot to be dispersed evenly among all participating research assistants. Everyone who participates in RAship crowd funding will be eligible for a portion of the general pot only if they have raised five or more donations.
At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue you a discount code for 50% of the funds that you have raised, plus your share of the general pot. You would then enter this code as you make your final course payment.
FPI retains no portion of the donations raised in this program for anything other than covering RAship fees. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well.