The Career Development Grant

The Career Development Grant (CDG) provides financial support to offset costs associated with career exploration and preparation.

Funds for this program are limited. Priority is given to those applicants with the highest level of financial need and grants are awarded until funds for the semester are exhausted

Eligible expenses include: 

  • Interview attire such as suits, dress shoes, ties, and professional bags at reasonable price points
  • Transportation, lodging, and meals for career-related travel (such as for WEShadow experiences, consortium events, and interview costs not reimbursed by the interviewing organization)
  • Fees related to professional conferences not reimbursable by academic departments;
  • Graduate entrance exam fees (eg. LSAT, MCAT)
  • Campus-sponsored career programs for which a fee is assessed, such as HBX CORe and Wall Street Prep

Career Development Grant funding may not be used for:

  • Test prep courses
  • Outside educational programming and/or coursework not sponsored by Wesleyan University; 
  • Credit-bearing coursework offered at Wesleyan University
  • Income or expenses associated with a summer internship or career-related summer experience

You must be an actively enrolled (on-campus or remote) full-time, undergraduate student at Wesleyan University in order to be eligible for funding. 

The Career Development Grant is available on a need-aware basis. While students may apply to the fund more than once, individual students are limited to $500 in total awards over their time at Wesleyan. 

Application Process:
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are prioritized based on financial need. Funds for this program are limited and grants will be disseminated until funds are exhausted for the academic semester. 

  1. Complete the confidential CDG application form, including the dollar amount you are requesting. 
  2. Once your application is submitted, the Gordon Career Center will review your responses and verify your need-level with the Office of Financial Aid. Please allow up to 5-10 business days for your application to be reviewed your need-level verified. 
  3. You will be notified via email if your request for funding is approved, denied, or requires additional information.
  4. If approved, you will receive information via email pertaining to the amount of your grant award, the process for receiving funds, and a request to complete the Career Development Grant Fund Agreement Form. You must complete the Fund Agreement form in order for your award to be processed. 

The maximum grant awarded is $500. Students can apply for and receive funding through the Career Development Grant multiple times, up to, but not exceeding, $500 while actively enrolled as an undergraduate student at Wesleyan University.

Funds are generally distributed to your account through direct deposit. Please ensure that you have set-up direct deposit with Wesleyan's Payroll Office in advance. Payroll's direct deposit form is available in your WesPortal.

As these funds could be 1099 reportable, we recommend that students consult with a tax advisor on how to treat and report this grant for tax purposes. 


Please allow up to 10 business days for your application to be reviewed and verified by the Gordon Career Center & Office of Financial Aid. If approved, once you've completed the CDG Fund Agreement form,  it may take up to an additional 4-weeks for you to receive the funds in your bank account. 

If you have any questions or need help, please contact