FAQs

When is CMC’s Alternative Spring Break?
CMC’s Spring Break is March 11-19, 2017.  The Alternative Spring Break trips will leave campus either Saturday, March 11 or Sunday, March 12, depending on the trip. Trips will return to campus by Saturday, March 18, 2017 (some trips may return earlier). Student participants have the option to travel back to campus, or can make arrangements to travel home or elsewhere for the remainder of the break.

How many trips are there and where are they going?
Visit our 2017 Trip Locations page to learn more!

How many students can participate in the trips?
We plan to select up to 12 students per trip. However, the number of students on each trip will vary based on student interest and the accommodations provided at the trip site.

Who can participate in CMC’s ASB trips?
All currently enrolled CMC students are welcome to apply. However, this program is only open to students on campus for the Spring semester.

How much do the ASB trips cost?
The student contribution for ASB trips is $200, which covers transportation, lodging, meals and programming expenses. Additionally, students should bring personal spending money if they wish to purchase snacks and souvenirs.

Is financial aid available?
Yes! ASB financial aid is available to students receiving need based financial aid at CMC. If you would like to apply for ASB financial aid, please check the box on your application form and/or contact us at the CCE.

Do I need to have experience with the Center for Civic Engagement to apply?
No, you don’t have to have any experience with the CCE.

What makes ASB an Alternative to the traditional college spring break?
CMC’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs promote community engagement, provide a cultural exchange opportunity, develop leadership skills and personal growth, and foster strong bonds among the team. Alternative Spring Break trips are substance-free trips, even for students of legal age to consume alcohol. This substance-free policy highlights each volunteer’s commitment to community engagement, and helps maintain an active, engaging environment for all participants.

I’ve already visited the 2017 Trips Page. How can I learn more about the trips?
Other questions? Contact us for more information on the trips.

How do I apply? And how do I pay my deposit?
Visit the How to Apply page to learn about the process. Applications are still open but spots are filling up – get your application in as soon as possible. A $25 deposit is due at the time of application and will be applied towards the total trip cost. Deposits can be made via Venmo, cash or check. Venmo $25 to CCE CMC and list “ASB deposit” in the memo line, or drop off cash or check to Shayla Chalker in DOS/Heggblade. Checks should be made out to Claremont McKenna College. Your deposit will be applied toward the total trip cost. If you are applying for ASB financial aid, you do not need to make a deposit at the time of application.

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