surjective wrote:I also went to the Berkeley open house last year. Yeah, they only pay $300, which might not be enough for your flight. But, if you are, say, coming from the east coast, then just visit more than one school while you are out west (CalTech open house is usually right before Berkeley), and each will pay a fraction for your flight (I think CalTech paid $400 last year). So, the combination of them is more than enough.
There's a fair bit of communication between the schools - they have a good way to work it out so that your full flight gets reimbursed.
But how do you get from Caltech (in your example) to Berkeley? It's a pretty serious drive and I've decided it wouldn't be practical to rent a car (under 25).
It's like a $60 to $100 flight. If you are visiting multiple schools on the west coast, their visit days are all next to each other. They each put in up to $300 or so, you just contact the schools, cc all the coordinators on the email, and they work it out between themselves to cover all of your transportation costs equally. Taxis, buses, plane tickets, rental cars... just email the departments, bring the receipts, and you're good.