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Service Program Financial Aid

The process of awarding financial aid is on a rolling basis. If you are selected as a recipient, expect to hear back from us within four weeks of submitting your application.

Required Materials

  • Digital Copy of Household Income Statement
  • Two Short Essay Responses

Program Selection

You will fill out your top two program selections in the form. Each program must be community service-focused to be considered. In choosing your top two program selections, please keep in mind it is likely you will be responsible for a portion of the program fee and airfare.

Proof of Household Income

You will be asked to provide proof of household income.

We accept: FAFSA, federal tax forms, or social security benefit documents are required to verify income eligibility. If you are not a U.S. resident, any tax document from your government will be accepted. Tax filings must be from either 2019 or 2020.


The Service Program Financial Aid is for first-time travelers only, and students will not be considered for the financial aid if they are already enrolled in a program. Financial aid is merit and need-based, so the quality of the application will be judged along with the financial need.

From beginning to end, the experience was professional, efficient, exciting and fulfilling. Having never traveled such a distance before, Lark might have had justifiable anxiety. However, the information Rustic Pathways provided along with the support parents received, allayed any fears we might have had. Rustic Pathways provided a generous scholarship which was such a point of pride for Lark. 

Quote by: Kimberly White, Lark's Mom | Canoga Park, California Rustic Service Program Ambassador, 2017