Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

Retreat Subsidy

Subsidized Funding for Retreats and Challenge Course

Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, located in Woodstock, IL, provides Loyola students a getaway for reflection, training, and renewal. 

The daily rate for meals and lodging is $50 per Loyola student.  University departments and registered student organizations may apply for funding to offset the daily rate charged by LUREC to cover overnight lodging and meals.  If approved for subsidized funding, the subsidy would cover up to half the cost of the daily rate, e.g. $25 per student.

There are several different funding sources of the subsidy based on the type of retreat that is being held: general student retreat, student employee retreat, religious retreat or a vocational retreat.

 

Criteria for Subsidized Funding as “General-Student Retreat"

  • Participants are students who pay Student Development Fee as part of their enrollment at the University.
  • The retreat is organized as part of co-curriculum by a department or a registered student organization.
  • The sponsoring department must collect the $25 per night student fee and use it to offset cost of the retreat, unless attendance for retreat is a requirement.

 

Criteria for Subsidized Funding as "Student-Employee Retreat"

  • Participants are students who pay Student Development Fee as part of their enrollment at the University.
  • The retreat is organized by Department who employs the students.
  • The retreat is part of training or team-building activities.
  • Students are required to attend the retreat.

 

Criteria for Subsidized Funding as a "Religious Retreat"

  • Excluding meal times, 80% of the retreat schedule is dedicated to students exploring religious themes and participating in prayer and theological reflection.  Examples of qualifying activities include, but are not limited to:  students’ presentations on how they practice their faith, presentations on Scripture, small group discussions on religious topics, faith sharing, individual prayer periods, theological reflection, Mass, and communal forms of worship.
  • For overnight retreats, a minimum of eight continuous hours is scheduled for sleep.
  • The sponsoring department must collect the $25 per night student fee and use it to offset cost of the retreat.

 

Criteria for Subsidized Funding as a "Vocational Retreat"

  • Retreat meets all of the criteria for a “religious retreat.”
  • Additionally a minimum of two retreat activities are dedicated to students exploring their life’s calling using the tools of theological reflection.
  • Applications are due to by February 15th for retreats that are scheduled for the following academic year.
  • While a retreat may qualify for the subsidy, funding is not guaranteed.
  • Departments or student organizations will be notified by March 15th regarding approval or non-approval of subsidized funding.
  • As part of the approval process, the Division of Student Development administration will determine the maximum number of retreat participants eligible for subsidized funding.
  • Applications received after the February 15 priority deadline will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis once all applications received by February 15 priority deadline have been reviewed and funded. Applications may take up to 30 days to be reviewed

 To apply for funding please click here.