Travel Information

All flights and transportation to and from the McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) and Oak Ridge, TN will be provided for you. We will arrange for you to travel in one of the following ways based on the answers you provide on your Student Travel Form. Once you have filled out the Student Travel Form, our staff will begin the process of preparing for you to travel. It is very important that you and your guardian/parents check your email regularly. We will be communicating with you through email during this process.

You will receive the Mileage Reimbursement form via email two weeks prior to the start of the Appalachian STEM Academy. If your home address is 50 miles or more from the program location, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement for inbound/outbound transportation expenses, not to exceed $350.00 to Oak Ridge, TN. Because not all travel expenses may be reimbursed, make sure you understand what is and is not covered.

Please reference the sections below to learn more about your travel options and view the mileage reimbursement form.

We will purchase your airline ticket and provide reimbursement for one checked bag if you're traveling to and from Oak Ridge, TN. Additionally, we'll reimburse you for the mileage of your personal vehicle for one round trip between your home address and the nearest airport.

Mileage Form (.pdf, 128kb)

Once a round (or one-way) trip airline ticket has been purchased for you by the program, you will be ineligible to receive reimbursement for personal vehicle mileage to travel to/from the academy.  

Arrival: When you arrive at the TYS, you will be met in the baggage claim by one of our Resident Teachers, who will be wearing a bright Appalachian STEM Academy shirt and holding an Appalachian STEM Academy sign. Photos of all the Resident Teachers will be sent to you by email prior to your departure.

If you are flying home from the academy, a program staff member will pay for your baggage fee for one checked piece of luggage weighing under 50 pounds, so no reimbursement will be necessary.

If you have question about packing for the airport or rules of the airport, please view the TSA website.

Note: Overweight baggage fees are not eligible for reimbursement.

If you are being driven to the academy by your family member or driving yourself, mileage can be reimbursed. You can be reimbursed for mileage for 1 round trip between your home address and Oak Ridge, TN if the distance traveled is more than 50 miles at current GSA rate, not to exceed $350.

Mileage Form (.pdf, 128kb)

TOTAL reimbursement for personal mileage travel expenses is limited to $350. Reimbursement is limited to $175 each way.

Participants in the same program with the same home address are only eligible for reimbursement for one round trip.

An airline ticket for your one-way flight will be purchased by the program. You can be reimbursed for 1 checked bag plus reimbursement for personal vehicle mileage to travel ONE WAY between home and the airport. Additionally, you can be reimbursed for personal vehicle mileage for ONE WAY travel between home and Oak Ridge, TN if the distance traveled is more than 50 miles. WE WILL NOT REIMBURSE YOU FOR ROUND TRIPS. Personal mileage reimbursement is limited to $175.

Mileage Form (.pdf, 128kb)