Travel Reimbursement Guide
General Travel Policy: The basic rationale underlying all College-funded volunteer travel is the College seeks to incur
the lowest practical and reasonable expenses while allowing volunteers to enjoy eﬃcient, timely, and convenient travel
arrangements. To allow the College and its volunteers to be eﬀective stewards of the College’s limited resources, every eﬀort
should be made to make volunteer travel arrangements that keep expenses to a minimum while providing a reasonable level
of comfort and convenience for the traveler. The safety of the traveler is of utmost importance when travel arrangements are
An original, itemized receipt for any expense is required to be submitted with the approved reimbursement form. Photocopies
of receipts will only be accepted with an explanation of why the original is unavailable. Receipts, in order to be adequate,
must show the amount, date, place, and essential character of the expense. Credit card statements or record of charge slips
accompanying credit card statements are not acceptable in lieu of original itemized receipts.
A. Domestic airline tickets that are purchased at least three weeks in advance at the economy class rate will be reimbursed
up to $400 unless otherwise arranged with the Oﬃce of Development and Alumni Relations.
B. International airline tickets which are purchased at least three weeks in advance at the economy class rate will
be reimbursed up to $1,000 unless otherwise arranged with the Oﬃce of Development and Alumni Relations.
Reimbursement will be provided based on the appropriate currency exchange rate on the date the ticket was purchased
according to the convertor tool found here:www.oanda.com/currency/converter/
C. Reimbursement will not be made for ﬂight cancellation insurance, additional life insurance purchased, or program miles
exchanged for travel tickets.
A. Reimbursement will be made to the traveler using the standard mileage rate found on the Collegeaccounts
B. The mileage rate includes all expenses incurred by use of the privately owned automobile when traveling on oﬃcial
College business including, but not limited to, gasoline, insurance, and maintenance.
C. Additional reimbursement will be made for tolls and parking fees incurred.
D. Mileage reimbursement will be paid up to a maximum of $400 unless otherwise arranged with the Oﬃce of Development
and Alumni Relations. Please note this reimbursement will only be provided to the vehicle’s driver and not to passengers
Rental cars picked up at the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids airports, as well as those driven to Grinnell from outside of the
state of Iowa, are eligible for reimbursement. In the case of a rental car, gasoline can be considered a reimbursable expense
Miscellaneous Travel Expenses:
The following is a list of miscellaneous travel expenses that are reimbursable according to College policy:
o Baggage check fees (1 bag per traveler)
o Parking fees for personal vehicle at your home airport
o Personal automobile mileage to/from your home airport
o Ferry/taxi/subway/train fares to/from your home airport
Non-Reimbursable Expenses (commonly asked):
Tips to baggage handlers or others unless documented upon receipt
Meals during transit to/from Grinnell College or during your stay in Grinnell
Hotel accommodations during transit to/from Grinnell College
Overweight or surplus baggage fees
Special Wi-Fi or cell phone access during travel