Travel– Any activity in which students leave the University to attend or participate in an experience not provided by Penn State students or faculty. All travel must accomplish an organizational function and/or improve a service offered to all students by bringing materials and information back to University Park.
UPAC will consider funding travel that may be considered educational, competitive, performance, or service experiences.
- An educational experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to gain knowledge or insight that will enhance the out-of-class experience such as a conference, field trip, or other cultural experience.
- A competitive experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to apply knowledge or skills in a competitive manner in pursuit of recognition.
- A performance experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to demonstrate skills or abilities for an audience in an informative or entertaining manner.
- A service experience is one in which the primary purpose is for students to volunteer assistance where the primary beneficiary is a community in need. UPAC will not fund trips in which the student organization will be providing a service to its parent organization.
Policies regarding travel funding can be found in Section 3.3 of the UPAC Requestor Handbook. Here are the steps to request funding for travel within the United States:
1. Fill out and Submit your U.S. Travel Funding Request
UPAC will consider funding U.S. travel expenses including transportation, lodging, and registration. On your U.S. travel funding request form, you’ll find areas to list airplane tickets, charter buses or tickets, rental vehicles, personal mileage, fleet vehicles, fleet mileage, lodging, and registration. You’ll also find a space to list the total number of students traveling.
On your OrgCentral request, list the relevant information and price for every item you plan on requesting from UPAC. You should only list items on your form that you are requesting from UPAC. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the form, answer all questions as fully as possible, and include all necessary information in the description of each line item.
Once you’ve completed your OrgCentral U.S. travel funding request, go ahead and submit it! If we have any points we need to clarify, we’ll return the request to you for revision or send you an email.
2. Receive an Allocation Decision
It typically takes about three-to-four weeks for a budget to be processed and brought up for review. After that time, you’ll receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with an RSVP request to one of our Tuesday or Thursday night allocation meetings. At your meeting, you’ll discuss your travel experience and budget with a Sub-Committee of about five-to-seven members with a Sub-Committee Chair leading the meeting and one adviser guiding the group. After your meeting, you should hear back with an email from email@example.com containing your allocation letter with the Committee’s allocation decision.
3. Attend your Travel Experience and Seek Reimbursement
At least three days before departing for your travel experience, you need to complete and submit a Travel Registration Form to Galen Chelko in room 201 HUB. If room 201 is closed, you may drop your Travel Registration Form off in the UPAC office in 208 HUB.
After attending your travel experience, return all of boarding passes to the UPAC office. Once UPAC has verified that you’ve submitted your boarding passes and Travel Registration Form, a copy of your allocation letter will be sent to the Associated Student Activities (ASA) office in 240 HUB within two-to-three business days, when allocated funds will be placed into your restricted “10” account. From there, you can seek reimbursement for your travel experience’s expenses from the ASA office. Any other instructions or stipulations will be listed on your UPAC allocation letter.
OrgCentral U.S. Travel Funding Request Instructions
For full, concise instructions on how to fill out a U.S. travel funding request through OrgCentral, check out the instructions page provided below.