Travel Access Fund

The Center for Career and Professional Development Travel Access Fund is designed to facilitate students’ career development by reimbursing transportation costs for career-related activities that occur during the academic year, thus enabling recipients to participate in activities they could not otherwise afford.

Application Requirements:

  • Recipients must be currently enrolled students.
  • Activity must be for a specific career opportunity, i.e., Job/internship interview, Career/job fair, Job shadow experience, Internship. Networking/connecting does not satisfy this requirement.
  • Activity must occur during the academic year.
  • Reimbursement will be approved for transportation expenses only. Transportation expenses may include the following:
    1. airfare – (tickets purchased using Frequent Flier miles cannot be reimbursed)
    2. ground transportation (bus, train, taxi/cab, subway, rideshare) fares
    3. car rental
    4. parking fees
    5. mileage (Rate=$0.30/mile; cannot be prepaid)
  • Amount requested must be between $10.00 and $500.00.
  • Recipients will receive no more than $500 per academic year (which includes the subsequent summer).

Before Applying: Review the sample CCPD Travel Access Fund Application (PDF, 100KB) to find out what information is required to complete the application.

To Apply: Please submit this Travel Access Fund Application prior to participating in the activity for which the reimbursement is being requested. After submitting your application, please email Richard Sylvester. Typical application turnaround time is 5-7 business days (with the exception of college closures). After submission, applicants may be asked to meet with a CCPD staff member to discuss the application. The CCPD will confirm receiving your application and will notify you of approval/denial via email. 

If Approved: CCPD staff will work with you to disburse the travel reimbursement in a way that meets your needs and the needs of the CCPD. To be reimbursed you must keep all receipts for transportation expenses. You will need to submit these receipts to the CCPD in a manner agreed upon by you and the CCPD. The amount reimbursed will be based on the receipts submitted and no more than the amount requested/approved. 

Receipts can be emailed to Richard Sylvester or turned in at the front desk of the CCPD. Receipts must be submitted within 30 days from the purchase. The Business Office will not process receipts older than 30 days or from a previous fiscal year.

If Denied: Re-apply with an opportunity that meets the above application requirements, or make an appointment with Richard Sylvester to discuss your opportunity further.

What are some examples of “career-related travel”?

  • Traveling to a career fair with the purpose of meeting with employers within a specific career field
  • Traveling to an interview to secure a job or internship
  • Traveling to a job shadow during winter or spring breaks

What is not considered career-related travel?

  • Traveling to network at an academic conference without a specific appointment or interview

Common Questions:

  • May I apply for funds to cover travel to my summer internship? 
    Sorry, but no. The CCPD Travel Access Fund supports career-related travel during the academic year only.
  • May I apply for funds to cover an externship-like job shadow when I am home during a break?
    Yes, the Travel Access Fund supports traveling to a job shadow experience during break time.
  • I was offered a job and need to travel to attend the required training before the end of the school year: may I apply for funding?
    Yes, training for secured positions is considered career-related activities.
  • May I apply for funds to cover travel to study abroad or domestic study away programs?
    NO, academic programs and/or programs in which you receive academic credit do not qualify.
  • I accepted an opportunity. May I apply for funding to cover daily transportation costs, to and from the site? 
    Sorry but no. The nature of the travel access fund is to help remove financial barriers that keep students from applying to opportunities or attending short-term opportunities. It does not cover daily commuting costs for opportunities you have already obtained.