Using your travel stipend

Author: Brooke Zentmeyer

Karen Srmek, senior admissions office assistant

Visiting South Bend and experiencing the beautiful Notre Dame campus is one of the best ways to see the unique qualities of the Law School and determine if it is the best fit for your legal education. To that end, we are happy to provide our admitted students with stipends to assist them in their travels. Here we will offer a few guidelines and suggestions on how best to use your stipend so that your travel experience is as smooth as possible.

We encourage you to visit either for one of our Admitted Student Weekends (March 24-25 and March 31-April 1) or on a Friday during the spring semester because those days are specially designed for the admitted students. We will do our best to accommodate other visit days as necessary. Check out the Law School website for additional information regarding the visit programs. You can RSVP for one of the Admitted Student Weekends or a day visit from that page.

The travel stipend may be used to cover expenses related to lodging, flights, rental cars, train or bus tickets, gas, and tolls. This is a “reimbursement” stipend. In other words, you must travel to campus first and then the Law School will reimburse you via check for your expenses up to the limit noted in your admit packet.

After you visit campus, please submit your travel receipts to the Law School Admissions Office via email:

The documents required for reimbursement are:
Airline travel — Credit card statement indicating the airfare charge and the date of purchase, as well as the flight itinerary indicating your seat number and the date you traveled.*
Hotel — Paid receipt with a zero balance.
Rental car — Paid receipt for the rental car and your credit card statement indicating the rental charge amount.*
Gasoline — Receipt of purchase.
Tolls — Receipts or electronic statement for E-ZPass with the charges highlighted.

*You may blackout all but the last four digits of your credit card statement, and other charges not pertaining to your visit.

Just a few other notes:
● You may only use your travel stipend to visit prior to your initial enrollment deposit. For the majority of students, that deadline is April 15, 2017. Students admitted via Early Decision may also use their travel stipend through April 15, 2017.
● You may only use your travel stipend to cover your expenses. We cannot reimburse expenses related to a guest traveling with you.
● We cannot reimburse you for expenses related to using travel points or award miles.
● To make sure we can process all travel stipend requests prior to the end of the fiscal year, the deadline for submitting receipts to our office is June 1, 2017. On a related note, we have found it is best to submit your receipts soon after concluding your travels – it is otherwise too easy to forget about things!

We are here to help you with your visit, so please let us know if you have any questions! We are an easy phone call (574-631-6626) or email ( away. Safe travels and we hope to see you soon!

Karen Srmek is the senior office assistant in the Office of Admissions. Srmek is responsible for coordinating the schedules for all visiting students and the travel stipend program.