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 September 16, 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

Bowdoin College
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Program Name: Explore Bowdoin
Program Date: September 21-24, 2017; October 29-3,1 2017
Application Closing Date: August 18, 2017 for September program; September 22, 2017 for October program
Description: Bowdoin will cover the cost of the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation and meals. Program is open to high school students who will graduate in 2018 and priority will be given to those who demonstrate financial need and/or students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

Bucknell University
Location: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Journey to Bucknell
Program Date: October 29-31, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 29, 2017
Description: Program is designed to expose high-achieving, traditionally underrepresented high school seniors to Bucknell University. Students who are chosen to attend the program will receive travel expenses and all meals while on campus. Students must be enrolled in an academically rigorous program of study with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.3 and must have taken the ACT, PSAT or SAT.

Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Celebration of Diversity Weekend
Program Date: November 11-13, 2017; January 20-22, 2018
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.

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.

College of the Holy Cross
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Program Name: Perspectives
Program Date: November 11-13, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 24, 2017
Description: Perspectives is an overnight, weekend program for seniors from diverse backgrounds. This program is designed for culturally aware students who are intellectually curious and are potentially interested in exploring higher education at a Jesuit, liberal arts college. Meals and lodging will be provided free of charge by Holy Cross for selected participants.

Colorado College
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Program Name: Tigers on a Quest & Flyin’ Tigers
Program Date: September 30-October 2, 2017; October 28-30, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 15, 2017 for Tigers on a Quest; September 21, 2017 for Flyin’ Tigers
Description: The programs are open to high school seniors who self-identify as a student of color, is Pell Grant eligible, or qualifies for free-reduced lunch. Students must be nominated for Tigers on a Quest and students can apply to attend Flyin’ Tigers. Once accepted to the program, student will receive information regarding travel reimbursement information.

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