MERV stands for for "Mobile Education Resource Vehicle" and is the key component of COSTEP's highly visible outreach strategy. It can be seen on high school and college campuses throughout Texas.
MERV is a state-of-the-art recreational vehicle measuring 37 feet from bumper to bumper, 12 feet 9 inches from the ground up, with an interior head room of 7 feet.
COSTEP's MERV is outfitted with 9 laptop computer work stations, wireless internet, laser printing, three flat screen TV's, and a bus-load of resource materials. MERV is also handicap accessible.
The interior is designed with students in mind. The color scheme is brilliant with orange, purple, red, grey and lime green appointments that all come together to give the interior a bright, attractive look.
And you can't miss MERV when it arrives in front of a school. The colorful graphics and photographs, along with its size, inspire instant eye appeal and a desire to know "What's this all about?"
At COSTEP, the staff refers to MERV as "the new MERV." The old MERV was recently decommissioned after helping over 20,000 students and traveling over 175,000 miles. The new MERV is already burning up the road with hundreds of students taking advantage of COSTEP's services.
MERV offers a variety of resources, including an instant link to the internet which allows students to fill out the FAFSA form with the aid of COSTEP personnel. It's a unique, fun classroom on wheels. Look for MERV to come to a high school or college near you.
"It's gorgeous, nice, and well put together with state-of-the-art IT technology."
- Barbara Grewe, Associate Director of NE Campus Student Financial Services
For more information about COSTEP's MERV, contact Business Development and Operations, at 1 (800) 949-6371