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Requests for Transportation

CEAL-Ride provides transportation support for Community-Based Learning courses.

To find out if your request qualifies, please consider these requirements.

The course/program:

  • Must be in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA).
  • Should establish a relationship in the community through regular site visits. 
  • To apply for field trip funding: Center for Research on Teaching and Learning.
  • Should meet Community-Based Learning criteria.

Instructions for faculty requesting transportation for their course/program:

  1. Determine if your course meets CBL criteria. 
  2. Gather the course details, site location, group size and frequency of travel.
  3. Contact CEAL Program Assistant ( to discuss a relevant timeline.
  4. You will be contacted by a CEAL employee to begin CBL course-tagging process.
  5. Once CBL status is established, complete a $50 lab fee request form. (Form Help)
  6. Work with Program Assistant to schedule orientations and vehicles for your class.
  7. Submit a copy of your syllabus to 

Please also keep in mind:

  • If you'd like to integrate community-based learning into your course, please contact CEAL at
  • Lab Fee request deadlines are: February 8 for Fall courses and Spring and/or Summer Courses. October 8 for Winter Courses. [Lab Fees Policy]
  • Lab fees are expected to contribute to the cost of the fuel and rental fee. The remainder of the expense is subsidized by LSA.  [Lab Fees justification example]
  • CEAL-Ride does not provide drivers for the vehicles. 
  • Due to a limited number of vehicles, sites that are serviced by a bus line may not be eligible. 
  • Vehicles carry up to 7 total occupants.
  • Field trips and/or large groups cannot be accommodated.
  • Students who decide to use their own vehicles are not covered by UM insurance.