Frequently Asked Questions
When do I have to complete everything?
You can take the various components of training at different times during the year with the exception of the Leader Training 6-day trip which must be taken after you have completed all of the other requirements.
Is Financial Aid Available?
If you are receiving need-based financial aid from the University Outdoor Action has some funds available to help support students who wish to become OA Leaders. Levels of aid are based on the amount of aid that you are receiving from the University. Login to the TripStore and add the Financial Aid Request Trip to your cart. We then confirm the amount of financial aid you are receiving from the University with the Office of Financial Aid in order to calculate the amount of aid you are eligible for. Because we send requests in to the Office of Financial Aid only a few times each semester there may be a wait time to find out about your eligibility.
- If you are in the University's High Need category: OA provides a grant of 50% of the cost of Leader Training. You pay 50%.
- If you are in the University's Medium Need category: OA provides a grant of 25% of the cost of Leader Training. You pay 75%.
- If you are not receiving any need-based financial aid from the University you pay 100%.
The grants for Leader Training come from the generous support of the Kevin Callaghan '83 Fund an endowed fund to support Outdoor Action activities and Outdoor Action general funds. Because students often complete Leader Training over an extended period of time, students will be reimbursed for the appropriate grant amount after they have completed all of the Leader Training requirements. This means that you will initially be billed the full amount and be credited at the completion of your training.
What if I miss one of the components of training?
You are required to complete all of the OA Trainings to become an OA Leader. Attendance is taken at all classes. See Leader Training Requirements for details. It is your responsibility to be aware of all of the compontents of training and ensure that you plan your schedule accordingly.