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Metro Access Fund

Metro Access Fund: What is it?

The Metro Access Fund is a program cooperatively funded by Student Activities and the Carleton Student Association (CSA). The program is designed to assist students wishing to defray costs for attending events in the Minneapolis – St. Paul metropolitan area. Funding covers the cost of transportation to and from the Twin Cities.

How does an event qualify for funding?

To qualify for funding, events must fulfill each of the following conditions:

  1. Take place in the Twin Cities area.
  2. Be open to all Carleton students.
  3. Be student-initiated and submitted by a student (events specified for a particular department or class don't qualify).
  4. Be advertised thoroughly across campus.

Examples of Past Events

  • Dalai Lama at the U of M
  • Global Market and United Noodles
  • Mall of America
  • May Day Parade in St. Paul
  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Minnesota Twins game
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Plays at the Guthrie such as Hamlet and Measure for Measure
  • ValleySCARE

I’ve got a great idea for a program. What do I do now?

  1. Gather information about the event you wish to organize, particularly group sales, limits, time frames, etc. Please note that we try to keep ticket costs under $10/student.
  2. Fill out the online form below a minimum of three weeks (21 days) in advance. No requests less than three weeks in advance will be considered. (Please note: Some events require a longer advance purchase time. For example, if a certain number of tickets must be purchased in order to qualify for the group sales rate, then the proposal should be submitted accordingly to allow enough time to coordinate the details.)
  3. Based on numbers of people you think will go, estimate your transportation needs. If there are:
    • less than 20 people signed up by the deadline, Student Activities will reserve college mini vans.  Note: sponsors will need to find college drivers.
    • more than 20 people, Student Activities may contract for a school bus, depending on ticket cost, trip length, and location.
  4. Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal and estimate more than 20 attendees for your event and 20 students are not signed-up for the event, we reserve the right to cancel the event. We will notify the students that signed-up and give refunds.
  5. You will be notified within 1 week from submission whether or not your proposal has been approved.
  6. In the event that your proposal is approved, you will be contacted to set up a MANDATORY meeting to discuss the details of your trip and your responsibilities with a Student Activities Program Assistant.
  7. A Program Assistant will help you set up a sign up sheet and promote your event with campus-wide advertising.
  8. After the event, follow up with Student Activities and indicate:
    1. how many people participated,
    2. any problems you encountered,
    3. whether or not you consider your event a “success.”

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