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Student Travel through Differential Tuition

The Caine College of the Arts will set aside funds from Differential Tuition each semester to fund student travel to conferences and other events that contribute to their professional and creative development as artists and scholars. Successful proposals will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis until the allocated funding has been exhausted for the year.

Student proposals should include the following:

  • A cover sheet provided by the college which gives an overview of the student’s travel needs. The CCA student must complete the cover sheet and get a faculty advisor/sponsor signature before submittal to Emily Nelson in the Dean’s Office.
  • A one-page proposal describing the student travel in detail and how it will contribute to their professional/scholarly/creative development. (Note: Virtual attendance of a conference, symposium, workshop, etc. must be indicated)
  • A roster of all students participating in the proposed travel, including Aggie ID Numbers (A#s), declared majors, and projected graduation date (month/year) of each traveler;
  • A one-page budget sheet provided by the college which specifies the cost of attendance per student; and
  • A list of any matching funding or funding for which the student/student group has applied, or intends to apply for Academic Opportunity FundRGS Undergraduate Travel FundingRGS Graduate Student Travel FundingHonors Program, and URCO. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for matching funding for their proposals.

The awarding of student travel funds through Differential Tuition must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Students who are majors in the Caine College of the Arts are eligible to recieve funds for legitimate travel and professional development opportunities, as certified by a faculty advisor or sponsor who will sign the student's travel proposal cover sheet and budget forms. Travel assistance will also be available to students for one semester following graduation, (i.e., summer semester for students who graduate in May).
  2. Funds will be allocated on a per-student basis and not as a lump sum to a group of students. As such, budget sheets should reflect the per-student cost of travel.
  3. DT funds will cover up to 60% of approved costs of travel, such as transportation, lodging, and any applicable conference fees, up to a total of no more than $1,500.00 per student, per trip.
  4. Other related costs such as food, tickets to performances, museum entrance fees, application fees, extra hotel amenities, souvenirs, and personal purchases will need to be covered by the student or another funding source. Students are encouraged to seek opportunities for matching funding through their departments, the Honors Program, the Academic Opportunity Fund, and other campus entities to cover the other 40% of their travel costs which are not covered through DT funding.
  5. Proposals will not be funded retroactively, that is, for which travel or spending has already occurred. Proposals will not be accepted for the day of travel.Give at least ten days of lead time for proposal processing. 
  6. DT funds for student travel cannot cover funding for study abroad opportunities. (Study Abroad scholarships are located at USU Office of Global Engagement).
  7. Students are responsible for making their own travel or working with Kelly White in the CCA Business Services Office (located in the basement of the Dean's Office) to make arrangements.
  8. Travel must take place within six months of being awarded funds. Students should wait to apply for travel funding until six months before their travel takes place.
  9. Students awarded travel funding must work with Kelly White in the CCA Business Services Office to submit the necessary travel authorizations no later than fourteen days before travel.
  10. Students must submit all receipts individually (not as group receipts) to Kelly White via within two weeks of return from travel. All receipts must be itemized with student's name, date, amount of purchase, and payment type (Venmo, CashApp, ApplePay, or cell phone screen shots are not acceptable proofs of payment).  Airfare purchased with airfare credit is a non-reimbursable expense per university policy.

Upon Return from Student Travel

  • Submit all receipts to Kelly White via for reimbursement.
  • Submit a written synopsis, including photos of your travel, to Whitney Schulte in Production Services for possible cover in the CCA Newsletter.

Downloadable forms: