If one of your top-choice CollegePoint Schools is too far for you and your family to visit easily, you may be eligible for a financial grant from CollegePoint to take a trip to that school once you are accepted!
The travel grant will cover the cost for a student and a parent/guardian (two people total), which will include plane tickets, one night in a hotel, meals and local transportation (approximately $1,500 per student).
While we want to help as many students as possible, spots are limited so we will not be able to provide this travel grant to all students. CollegePoint will randomly select students from our final pool of eligible students¹ and let you know if we can support your travel by April 2.
You can increase your chances of being selected by completing this survey and talking with your advisor to see if this program is a good fit for you based on your college choices.
¹ In order to be eligible, you must meet the criteria required to participate in CollegePoint, have a family income of less than $100,000, and be accepted to at least one CollegePoint school that is 100 miles or more from your home.
You can submit a survey to visit a top-choice CollegePoint School that is too far for you and your family to easily visit even if you have not yet been accepted to the school.
If after you receive admissions decisions you would like to change your response, you may edit your original response or submit another survey at any time before March 15th.
You may submit a survey at any time before March 15th.
Below are some examples of why a student may not be eligible:
- The student has already committed to a school
- The student is already participating in a fly-in program for the school in which they are most interested and/or has already visited the school
- The school has an admitted student day that the student can attend
- The student does not have someone over 18 years old that can travel with them
- The student is currently studying abroad through their high school and would not be able to complete a fly-in
- The student’s family income exceeds $100,000
- CollegePoint will notify you via email on April 2.
- If you plan to accept, you must let CollegePoint know by April 8th by completing a survey with important travel information and uploading a W-9 form (additional information about this form can be found here).
- You must talk with your advisor to identify travel dates during the month of April, a travel companion (required for anyone under 18), and any other information that might be helpful when booking your trip.
- CollegePoint will connect you with a travel agent from Stewart International to book your trip.
- Your advisor will work with you to plan your campus visit. You can also visit BigFuture and Cappex for helpful checklists to get you started.
Your flights and accommodation will be paid for directly by CollegePoint. Please note, a personal credit card must be provided for any incidental expenses incurred at the hotel during your stay.
Once your travel is booked, CollegePoint will send you a $400 check via email from Deluxe eChecks. An eCheck is simply a regular check that can be received virtually, via email. Below is the step by step process:
- You’ll be notified by email that you’ve received a check
- Retrieve your check from eChecks’ secure online system
- Print your check
- Cash or deposit it just like a regular check
Deluxe eChecks are exactly like any other check accepted by your bank. If your bank does have questions, they can simply follow the directions on the check to verify its authenticity.
You may keep any unspent funds at the end of your trip and use them for college-related expenses.
You should work with your advisor to book alternative travel (bus, train, mileage reimbursement) and to ensure that the school in which you are interested is a realistic option.
Yes, however, CollegePoint will only cover the cost of one night’s accommodation.