The Graduate Student Council (GSC), in collaboration with Claremont Graduate University (CGU), allocates money annually for Graduate Student Travel Awards to support students’ academic and professional development. The Graduate Student Council acknowledged that students are increasingly incurring more costs for their research, projects and presentations. In semester (Spring 2012), the GSC created a new award to subsidize some of the material costs spent by students. As of April 19, 2012, the Graduate Student Council approved new funds to be allocated to the new Material Awards Program.
The Travel Awards Program aims to support and encourage academic excellence beyond CGU's campus and to offer students opportunities to gain professional experience in their field by subsidizing travel costs for as many students as possible. The Material Awards Program aims to support and encourage academic excellence by providing students with reimbursement for material costs related to their academic endeavors.