When scheduling a campus interview, if a university does not explicitly say anything about paying travel costs, is it acceptable to ask? My experience has always been it is mentioned as soon as the invitation is given, but I'm not sure the etiquette when nothing is mentioned? Especially when instructions on how to travel are given. Is it rude to ask? I thought it was standard to have travel covered.
Date: 06 Nov 2012 18:52
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Have you received any sheet of paper with recommendations of hotels? I've had a school not mention anything about travel costs via the phone or through emails but they had given a me a sheet a paper with recommendations of hotels in the area. On there it said that I would have to pay for travel costs and then submit receipts to be reimbursed.
maybe you can be more subtle about it — "are there any restrictions in booking hotel/air? do I need to do anything specific to ensure my reimbursement goes through? obviously i should save my receipts, but will you also need a copy of my credit card statement?"
these all imply that the dept will be covering some/all of the costs — and if they are not, they'll be quick to correct you.
If it is a large R1, I would assume that it will be covered. If it is a state school or liberal arts, I might do what dualcareer suggested.