Q. What is the schedule of events?
A. A detailed schedule will be provided to accepted participants closer to the program date.
Q. Who is responsible for making the travel arrangements?
A. Each student is responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements. Focus does not make travel arrangements.
Q. How much will I be reimbursed for my travel expenses?
A. If you are currently a Georgia Tech student living on campus, your meals will be provided. However, you will not be reimbursed for transportation and hotel will not be provided.
If you are a participant living within the state of Georgia, your meals and hotel will be provided. In addition, you will be reimbursed up to $150 depending on your mode of transportation.
If you are a participant living outside of the state of Georgia, your meals and hotel will be provided. In addition, you will be reimbursed airline travel according to the following list of states based on the state of your current institution:
$300 for AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MN, ME, MT, ND, NH, NM, NV, OR, WI, UT, VT, WA, WY, and Puerto Rico
$250 for AR, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, OK, OH, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, NE, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SD, TX, WV, VA, Washington, DC
$150 for AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN
You must provide the following:
- Airline receipt (original only) or,
- Bus ticket (original only) or,
- Gas receipts and car registration or,
- Rental car receipt.
Please note: All receipts must show "paid" or completed credit card transaction when credit card is used.
Q. When do I complete the forms needed for my travel reimbursement?
A. You will have at least three opportunities to submit your travel reimbursement statement: During Focus Program registration on Thursday or before lunch session on Friday outside the Ballroom or Saturday during lunch. Reimbursement checks are mailed to students roughly 45 days after the Focus Program.
Q. When do I get from the Atlanta airport to campus?
A. You may take a taxi, van shuttle, or our subway system called MARTA. We can reimburse those expenses up to your maximum amount of total trip expenses mentioned above. MARTA costs $2.50 per trip. The MARTA rail station is located inside the Atlanta airport past baggage claim. Pay $2.50 (cash or credit card) at the kiosk machines. Take the train north to the Midtown train station, which is above a 20-minute ride and does not require any transfers or exits until you get to the Midtown station. Exit the Midtown station facing south at the Peachtree Place exit. The Tech Trolley is a free shuttle that picks up passengers at the Midtown station outside the Peachtree Place exit and travels down 5th Street to the Georgia Tech Hotel. Be sure to tell the driver to let you know when you are at the Georgia Tech Hotel.
Q. When should I plan to be in Atlanta?
A. Plan to arrive between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th. Please be sure to forward us your travel itinerary.
Q. When should I plan to leave?
A. Plan to depart Atlanta on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Hotel check-out is 11 a.m. If you plan a return flight on Sunday morning before 9 a.m., you will have to establish and pay for your own transportation to the Marta train station or the airport because the GT shuttle does not operate that early on Sundays
Q. If I want to come earlier and/or stay later. Is that allowed?
A. Your lodging is paid for three nights in the designated hotel—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You are responsible for any lodging prior to and beyond these days. You are also responsible for any incidentals charged to your room upon checkout.