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Travel Subsidies


We’re delighted that you’d like to visit Carleton! Our Admissions Office has some financial resources to help support travel to campus. Read on to learn more about making the most of your visit to campus. Please note that for spring 2022, subsidies will only be awarded to admitted students. We encourage prospective students to apply for the travel subsidy in the summer, fall, or early winter.

Do I qualify for a travel subsidy?

Some admitted students have been pre-approved for a travel subsidy.

Did you receive a coupon for a travel reimbursement in your admit packet or receive an email from an Admissions Officer? Great! You’ve been pre-approved based on the information we have about you. Your applicant portal will also display if you’ve been approved for a travel subsidy. Students who have been awarded the subsidy are able to book travel on their own and get reimbursed afterward, or we’re happy to help you organize your travels and cover the cost upfront.

If you did not receive a travel reimbursement coupon in your admit packet or receive an email from an Admissions Officer, you have not been approved for a travel subsidy and we will not be able to reimburse your travel costs.

When do I receive the subsidy and when should I visit?

As an admitted student, you have until May 1 to visit campus and submit your receipts. We strongly encourage you to attend our Accepted Student Experience, though regardless of when you’re visiting, please make sure you have registered online for a campus visit before booking your travel.

You can submit your receipts as soon as you’ve made your travel plans. We encourage you to upload a PDF or Word Doc of your receipts through our online form. We’ll process your reimbursement after your visit, and we use a direct deposit reimbursement system that allows us to reimburse funds directly into your bank account. Keep in mind this process can be time-sensitive and requires you to keep a close eye on your email for login information.

If our reimbursement timeline or system presents a challenge to you, please contact us to see if there are any alternatives.

Submit your receipts

What can my travel subsidy go towards?

We’ll cover the cost of travel for you and one guardian to visit campus this spring. We will reimburse:

  • your ticket on a plane, bus, or train
  • mileage (if you drive)
  • lodging

What can I do during a visit to campus?

Whether you visit during our Accepted Student Experience or on one of our regular visit days, you’ll be able to take a tour of campus, meet with an Admissions Officer, and explore downtown Northfield. We also hope to offer opportunities to sit in on classes and eat in our dining halls to fully vaccinated and boosted students. Please be sure to check our visit calendar for the most up-to-date information on visit offerings and current campus policies.

How do I actually get to campus?

We hope it’s no surprise that we aren’t next door to the airport. Our campus is located in the charming historic river town of Northfield, about 45 minutes south of MSP Airport. There are daily buses between the Twin Cities and campus. Read on to learn more about how to actually get to campus.

If you’re planning on visiting during our Accepted Student Experience, we’ll have special shuttle options for students staying at a number of hotels around MSP Airport. For more information, check out this page.

Who can I contact for help?

It’s okay to have questions – we’re here to help. You can send us an email or give us a call (507-222-4190).

If you are depending on our travel subsidy to support your travel to campus, let us know and we’ll cover the cost upfront.

Please be aware that if you’re traveling by yourself and haven’t turned 18 years old, you will not be able to reserve a hotel room by yourself. We’ll have chaperones in select hotels during our Admitted Student Experience, so we’d encourage you to visit for one of those events. Please contact us for additional support.

We can’t wait to meet you!