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Qualifying Travel

Travel must be related to the participant’s area of study or leadership position on campus.  The Student Travel Program does not support travel unrelated to a student’s area of study, attending courses at other schools, or general research costs.  Study abroad and other forms of travel for credit are not permitted. 

The following forms of professional development are eligible for program participation:

  1. Conferences and conventions
  2. Seminars
  3. Workshops
  4. Competitions (non-athletic, co-curricular only)

Program Outcomes

In order to qualify for funding, travel must directly contribute to all 3 program outcomes:

  1. Academic Enrichment – Travel must enhance and contribute to the student’s academic enrichment at MSU Denver. There has to be a direct connection to the participant’s area of study and/or program.
  2. Skill Development – Travel must contribute to the development of one or more of the following types of skills:
    1. Conceptual skills (Analytical, leadership skills, critical thinking, creative thinking, communication skills)
    2. Technical skills (Hard skills)
    3. Human or Interpersonal Skills (Soft skills)
  3. University Mission Statement – Travel must contribute to the University’s mission statement:

“The mission of MSU Denver is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education, and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global, and technological society. To fulfill its mission, MSU Denver's diverse university community engages the community at large in scholarly inquiry, creative activity, and the application of knowledge.


Student Eligibility

  • Participation in the Student Travel Program may be contingent on a student's prior behavior at the University.  Conduct history is checked through the Dean of Students Office for all participants.  A student conduct file does not automatically prohibit participation in the program, but will be considered along with the application materials. 
  • All students (both undergraduate and graduate) must have a travel advisor (full-time MSU Denver faculty or staff member) agree to accompany them on the trip. Student Travel does not provide funding for the travel advisor.  Students will not be eligible to apply for funding unless they have an approved travel advisor.
  • Students who receive a Student Travel grant will not be eligible to apply again for funding until the following fiscal year.  Student Travel recognizes July 1st – June 30th as the fiscal year for funding.
  • Full time employees of MSU Denver are not eligible even if they are a student.  Employees have access to professional development funds through their departments and the University.


Undergrad Student Requirements:
  • Students must have completed at least 12 credits of coursework at MSU Denver before they can apply for travel funding.
  • Students must be enrolled in at lest 6 credits of coursework on the Main (Auraria) MSU Denver Campus the semester they plan to travel. Extended campus courses, correspondent courses and other coursework exempt from the Student Affairs Fee do not count toward the 6-credit requirement. No exceptions can be made for this enrollment requirement.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.  The program will not round a student’s GPA.
Graduate Student Requirements:
  • Students must have completed at least 6 credits of graduate coursework at MSU Denver before they can apply for travel funding.
  • Students must be enrolled in 6 credits of graduate coursework on the Main (Auraria) MSU Denver Campus the semester they plan to travel.  Extended campus courses, correspondent courses, and other coursework exempt from the Student Affairs Fee do not count toward the 6-credit requirement. No exceptions can be made for this enrollment requirement.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.  The program will not round a student’s GPA.
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