College Fly-In Programs

Many colleges offer fly-in programs that will cover some or all of your travel expenses. Some programs are specifically for students of color, first generation, and/or low-income students, while others are open to all students.

Below is a current list of fly-in programs. Participating in any of the fly-in programs can be competitive and students must apply to be considered. Therefore, just like applying for admission or for a scholarship, students should take their time with the application process and pay attention to directions and deadlines.

Note: Bookmark this page and check back throughout the year as other colleges will be added to the list as details are finalized by the colleges.

List Updated October 9, 2017

Bates College
Location: Lewiston, Maine
Program Name: Prologue to Bates
Program Date: October 8-10, 2017; November 12-14, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 1, 2017 for October program; October 13 for November program
Description: Program is an open to first-generation college students, low-income and/or historically underrepresented in higher education. Students can apply for a travel scholarship.

Bentley University
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Program Name: Falcon Diversity Overnight
Program Date: November 10-11, 2017
Application Closing Date: October 20, 2017
Description: Program is designed for high school seniors who are interested in exploring diversity at Bentley. Student will spend the night learning how they can join other students of color, first-generation students and their allies as an active member of Bentley’s inclusive community. Transportation and travel assistance is available upon request.
Added to list: September 3, 2017

Biola University
Location: La Mirada, California
Program Name: Biola Bound
Program Dates: December 2-5, 2017 | January 27-30, 2018 | March 10-13, 2018 | April 14-17, 2018
Application Closing Dates: Applications will be accepted as space is available.
Description: Biola will reimburse flight costs (up to $500) by crediting the cost of your flight to your student account a couple of weeks after you have enrolled and started classes at Biola University. Students must pay a $135 registration fee to cover housing, local transportation, on-campus meals, and an all-day pass to Disneyland.
Added to list: September 16, 2017

Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Celebration of Diversity Weekend
Program Date: November 11-13, 2017 (no more space available); January 20-22, 2018 (only open to admitted students)
Application Closing Date: Contact office for information
Description: Celebration of Diversity Weekends are opportunities to experience the diverse community, academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of both the campus and Pittsburgh. Travel assistance may be available for students with financial need who have at least a 3.3 GPA on a unweighted 4.0 scale and a combined SAT score of 1270 or ACT score of 27.

Champlain College
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Program Name: Champlain Bus Tour
Program Date: November 10, 2017
Application Closing Date: As space is available
Description: High school seniors are invited to come on board for a free ride on a luxury tour bus from their area to campus. Students will receive free roundtrip transportation, lunch, campus tours, talks and information sessions and much more. Buses will be available from Albany, NY, Braintree, MA, Burlington, MA, Hartford, CT, Manchester, NH, Portland, ME, Portsmouth, NH, Springfield, MA, and White River Junction, VT.
Added to list: September 25, 2017

College of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University
Location: St. Joseph, Minnesota
Program Name: National Fly-in Weekend Program
Program Date: November 11-13, 2017; February 3-5, 2018; February 24-26, 2018; March 24-26, 2018; April 7-9, 2018
Application Closing Date: Contact your admission representative
Description: National Fly-in Weekend program is designed specifically for accepted students from outside of Minnesota. The institution will pay for at least half of the student’s travel costs. Applicant must be in the process of applying for admission or accepted to attend. The institution does require a $50 deposit (non-refundable) to reserve their spot.

Franklin & Marshall College
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Collegiate Leadership Summit
Program Date: September 24-26, 2017; November 12-14, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 28, 2017 for September program; October 16, 2017 for November program
Description: The cost of travel and attendance is covered by the college. Program is open to high school seniors with a minimum 3.3 GPA in rigorous classes, backgrounds underrepresented in higher education, and students must have demonstrated leadership in school or the community.

George Washington University
Location: Washington, DC
Program Name: Your GW
Program Date: September 28-29, 2017; November 9-10, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 25, 2017 for September program; October 10, 2017 for November program
Description: Program is open to prospective high school seniors who are committed to succeeding in a diverse and inclusive environment. The college will offer a limited number of travel grants to and from D.C. for the program. Successful grant recipients will receive up to $500 towards the cost of travel to and from Washington, DC.

Hope College
Location: Holland, Michigan
Program Name: Fly-In Weekend
Program Date: November 9-11, 2017
Application Closing Date: November 1, 2017
Description: Hope College will reimburse 50% of airfare (up to $300), and cover transportation to and from airport, lodging, activities, and food during their stay.
Added to list: August 3, 2017

Illinois Wesleyan University
Location: Bloomington, Illinois
Program Name: Tu Universidad
Program Date: November 18, 2017
Application Closing Date: Reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Description: Program is designed to help Latinx students and their parents to learn more about the University community, the admission process and all financial aid resources. Preference will be given to seniors who have applied for admissions, but juniors are also welcome to attend. Travel vouchers are available for out-of-state students.
Added to list: October 9, 2017

Kalamazoo College
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Program Name: Intercultural Fly-In Program
Program Date: Visits between February and April
Application Closing Date: Contact Institution for information
Description: Program is open to students from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in learning more about diversity and inclusion at Kalamazoo College. Applicant must have applied and been admitted to the College. For students who are interested, the College will subsidize student airfare or other travel costs, provide meals, and provide overnight accommodations on campus.

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