College Fly-In ProgramsMany 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 July 5, 2017
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Program Name: Diversity Open Houses
Program Date: September 23-25, 2017; October 14-16, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 14, 2017
Description: The DIVOH selection committee will select up to 100 students to attend the event and will cover 100% of round-trip transportation costs (airline, bus, or train). DIVOH is available to all prospective students, but the DIVOH selection committee prioritizes the invitation of students from traditionally underrepresented groups, first generation students, and students from families with limited financial resources. Students who are invited to attend will also be given an application fee waiver, and some fee waivers will be given to students who applied but did not receive an invitation.
Location: Babson Park, Massachusetts
Program Name: Multicultural Overnight Experience
Program Date: November 22-23, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 1, 2017
Description: Program will provide students with the opportunity to experience life on campus, including engaging with current students, faculty, and staff and learning more about residence halls, classes, and many other resources. Travel scholarships may be available for students who need assistance getting to campus.
Added to list: June 28, 2017
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.
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.
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Program Name: SEED: Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity
Program Date: October 19-21, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 15, 2017
Description: Program will celebrate multiculturalism and social justice. Students will stay on campus for specialized academic programming and community building. Scholarships are available to cover your transportation costs to and from Brandeis. All meals and accommodations will be provided.
Bryn Mawr College
Location: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Program Name: Travel Scholars
Program Date: October 7-9, 2017
Application Closing Date: June 15, 2017 – extended to July 15, 2017
Description: Bryn Mawr College offers a limited number of travel scholarships in the fall of each year for students who are unable to afford the expense of traveling to campus. The travel scholarship covers individual round-trip transportation to/from the student’s sending city to Bryn Mawr College, as well as all meals and accommodations while they are a guest on campus.
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.
Location: Northfield, Minnesota
Program Name: Taste of Carleton
Program Date: October 26-28, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 1, 2017
Description: Taste of Carleton brings approximately 60 students to campus with all expenses paid. The program is open to all prospective high school seniors, but the selection committee will prioritize students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Students of color, first-generation college students, and low-income students are particularly encouraged to apply.
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: Registration will be available mid-August
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.
Location: Hamilton, New York
Program Name: Colgate in Focus: A Diversity Open House
Program Date: October 15-17, 2017
Application Closing Date: September 8, 2017
Description: Colgate in Focus allows a select group of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to gain insight into the Colgate experience.
Location: Waterville, Maine
Program Name: The Colby Commitment Experience
Program Date: October 1-2, 2017
Application Closing Date: August 31, 2017
Description: The experience gives students the opportunity to attend classes and experience life as a Colby student. Students attending U.S. high schools are eligible to apply and travel grants are available for participants with demonstrated financial need.
Added to list: July 5, 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: Application available September 1, 2017
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.
Five affordable out-of-state schools for Alabama students2
Updated on July 7, 2017 at 4:53 PMPosted on July 7, 2017 at 4:49 PM
30sharesBY BEN BAXTER
Ben Baxter is a Tuscaloosa dweller, a Dothan native, an experienced engineer, and a regular contributor for personal finance and career development topics. He's also a frequent voice on race-related topics.
With senior year about to begin for many Alabama high school students, it is becoming imperative for college selection choices to become solidified. For most students, tuition price greatly affects the number of schools that are viable options for attendance. But what if a few more schools became available because tuition price was no longer a factor? And what if those schools just happened to be in neighboring states?
As it stands, most out-of-state colleges and universities are cost-prohibitive to Alabama students because out-of-state tuition prices are routinely 2 or 3 times as much as in-state tuition prices. The following colleges defy those statistics and present several more options for prospective college students. The first three schools only offer out-of-state tuition waivers to residents from border counties, but the last two offer out-of-state tuition waivers to residents from anywhere within the state of Alabama. Keep that in mind while perusing the list. All figures are for the 2017-18 school year.
Mississippi State University (Meridian)
If getting a degree from a football powerhouse like Alabama or Auburnis important, but the price tag of attendance is an obstacle ($11,580.00 and $10,968.00 respectively), then give Mississippi State University a try. The MSU Meridian campus gives several west Alabama counties the in-state tuition treatment, and the price tag for that tuition is quite affordable. Overall tuition and fees end up being several thousands of dollars cheaper than Alabama and Auburn.
Eligible Alabama Counties: Sumter, Green, Choctaw, Hale, Marengo, and Clarke
Tuition and Fees per Semester: $7,075.00
Florida State University (Panama City)
Living in Lower Alabama has many surprising advantages, and being able to attend Florida State University is one of those advantages. Residents in counties near the Florida border have the option to attend the FSU Panama City campus at a significantly cheaper price than anything here in Alabama. We can likely thank Florida's state lottery system for that stark tuition price contrast.
Eligible Alabama Counties: Baldwin, Barbour, Butler, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Mobile, Monroe, Pike, and Washington
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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
While out-of-state tuition is a measly $4,029.50 per year for Jackson County residents, mandatory fees raise the total tuition and fees to $12,693.50 per year. This is does not seem like the best deal in world until we realize that living at home is a viable option for many Jackson County residents. So if the hour-long commute isn't a deterrent, UT Chattanooga is a worthy college option.
Eligible Alabama Counties: Jackson
Tuition and Fees per Semester: $ 12,693.50
University of West Florida
While the University of West Florida certainly doesn't have the name recognition of some larger universities in Florida, it does provide something those other universities do not: affordable out-of-state tuition for all students from Alabama. Students from any county within Alabama are automatically eligible for reduced out-of-state tuition rates. So if warm, sandy beaches outside the dormitories are a selling point, University of West Florida is a serviceable university to attend.
Eligible Alabama Counties: ALL
Tuition and Fees per Semester: $9719.40
Valdosta State University
This one is a little tricky. Yes, all Alabama students are currently eligible for in-state tuition rates at Valdosta State University. However, that status is not stagnant. Every three years, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents reevaluates whether Georgia colleges are eligible to grant tuition waivers. But as long as colleges within Georgia remain below full enrollment capacity, then tuition waivers are readily available.
Eligible Alabama Counties: ALL
Tuition and Fees per Semester: $7476.00