We are taking a break for the summer. There may be fewer or no vehicles located on campus over the next few weeks. We will be back around the start of school with new protocols and policies!

The Gephardt Institute offers a transportation subsidy through the CarShare Fund to assist students who face financial barriers to paying for transportation costs and do not have personal vehicles to participate in civic and community engagement. The CarShare Fund also supports student groups that do not have access to personal vehicles. Using the CarShare Fund allows Enterprise to bill the Gephardt Institute directly instead of you.

As you evaluate your transportation needs, please consider using the WashU Universal Pass (U-Pass) or other active transportation options.

Previous users:  Enterprise will remove Gephardt Institute CarShare account members after each semester and summer break. Extensions for winter break will be approved on a case by case basis by email request to the Gephardt Institute.

Faculty: For information regarding using CarShare for a course, click here to learn about the Transportation Fund for Community-Engaged Courses. If your course is approved for CarShare use, please send all students who intend to drive to this page.

CarShare Fund support is available for:

  • Individual students involved in independent civic and community engagement activities who qualify for high need based assistance in accordance with the policy established by Student Financial Services
  • Student Union groups
  • Non-Student Union groups
  • Students and faculty approved for use as part of the Transportation Fund for Community-Engaged Courses

 Joining the CarShare Fund

CarShare Fund participants must have two account memberships:

Personal Enterprise CarShare Account Gephardt Institute Enterprise CarShare Account

Step 1: Sign up for a personal Enterprise CarShare Account

Join Enterprise CarShare if you are not already enrolled. Once Enterprise emails you your personal account Member ID, you may proceed to Step 2.  Enterprise will mail you your membership card and packet. You will need your membership card to begin your rentals. Contact Enterprise if you experience any issues.

Step 2: Apply to join the Gephardt Institute Enterprise CarShare Fund Account

Submit a request to have CarShare transportation for civic and community engagement funded by the Gephardt Institute or Student Union. Each person who wants to participate as an individual or as a member of a group must apply. Student Financial Services will determine CarShare Fund eligibility for independent civic and community engagement within seven business days. The Gephardt Institute will process CarShare Fund requests for members of student groups within three business days.  If you have any questions about the request process, contact the Gephardt Institute.

Rental Requests:

In the body of your request, state whether your request is for a single use or for recurring rentals. Rental limits are as follows:

  • Students not involved in a group: up to 35 rental hours maximum per semester, and 15 rental hours maximum during summer break.
  • Student Union groups: up to 120 rental hours per Student Union group per semester. Over 120 hours must be incurred by the student group.
  • Non-Student Union Groups: up to 70 rental hours per semester.  Over 70 hours must be incurred by the student group.

If approved:

Step 1: Receive your approval email

The email includes a link to join the Gephardt Institute’s Enterprise CarShare Fund account, and an individualized code to use when making your CarShare reservation. If approved for a single rental, the code can only be used once.  If approved for recurring rentals, the code may be used for the period stated in the approval email (fall or spring semester, or over the summer). 

Step 2: Complete your Enterprise Gephardt Institute CarShare account sign up form

After Enterprise gives you your personal account Member ID, fill out your Gephardt Institute CarShare 101 Business Account form. In the “Referring Member” box, put your personal account Member ID.

To use the CarShare Fund for any purpose other than your original approved request for the same semester or summer, you must make a new request, but you do not need to repeat Step 2.

Enterprise will add you to the Gephardt Institute’s CarShare account within two business days. Contact Enterprise if you experience any issues.

Reserving and Initiating Your CarShare Fund Rental

Step 1: Reserve your CarShare Fund Rental

Log in with your Gephardt Institute Business Account Member ID, which begins with 101 (do not use your Personal Enterprise CarShare account).  Once you have selected your date, time, location, and vehicle, enter your approval code in the “Memo” box. You do not need to wait for your membership card to arrive to make your rental reservation.

Step 2: Initiate your CarShare Fund Rental

You will receive your Enterprise CareShare membership card with your personal account welcome packet by mail. The welcome packet will provide instructions for how to initiate your rental with your membership card when you are ready. You will need your membership card for all personal account and Gephardt Institute 101 account rentals.

CarShare Fund Policies

  • Group members are encouraged to travel together as much as possible to minimize expenses and environmental impact.
  • CarShare Fund use is governed by Enterprise CarShare member policies, which apply to drivers and passengers using the CarShare Fund.
  • Transportation of minors who are not Washington University students is prohibited.
  • Travel beyond a 30-mile radius from the university will not be covered.
  • CarShare Fund use to support political candidates or their campaign activities is not allowed.
  • You must apply for CarShare funding whenever you need a car, unless you have been approved for a recurring code. 
  • Approval codes are not transferable to other drivers.
  • Requests for use as part of a group will be approved within three business days. Requests for individual use will be approved within seven business days. CarShare use before account request approval may not be covered by the CarShare Fund.
  • You may be charged for:
    • Rental hours in excess of maximum allowed
      • Students not involved in a group: Up to 35 rental hours maximum per semester, and 15 rental hours maximum during summer break.
      • Student Union groups: Up to 120 rental hours per Student Union group per semester. Over 120 hours must be incurred by the student group.
      • Non-Student Union Groups: Up to 70 rental hours per semester. Over 70 hours must be incurred by the student group.
    • Fees for late returns, late cancellations, and unused reservations. You will need to cancel a minimum of four hours ahead of your reservation to avoid charges.
    • Invalid approval codes.
    • Approval codes used by mistake.

Contact Enterprise if you have questions related to Enterprise CarShare accounts and rentals.

If you have questions related to the CarShare Fund program, contact the Gephardt Institute.