2015 NSC: Fee Structure

PACE has decided on the following fee structure for this year’s NSC:

Base fee: $575 per team (note that this is per team, not per school)
Buzzer systems: -$10 each per school, no limit
Staffers: -$50 each per school, max 2 per school
Hosting a gold-certified tournament: -$10 each per tournament, no limit
Hosting a platinum-certified tournament: -$20 each per tournament, no limit
Early payment discount: -$25 from total fee for paying by March 1

In addition, PACE would like to emphasize that in order to claim a buzzer discount, teams must provide a system with at least eight fully working buzzers (defined as having lockout capabilities and functional identifying lights). Buzzer systems will be tested at buzzer check-in and teams who provide non-working systems will be required to refund the discount.

Teams may choose to pay the full registration fee as soon as you register, or to pay a $100 down payment at registration. PACE will count the $100 down payment towards the registration fee.  If your team is being paid for in full by the team’s school or school district and another group, such as the students and/or coach, fronted the down payment, PACE will reimburse your team $100.

If a registered team withdraws from the tournament:
– The down payment is fully refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until March 14th, 2015.
– The down payment is half-refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until March 28th, 2015.
– After March 28th, 2015, the down payment is non-refundable.

All registration checks must be postmarked by May 7. For each day your check is not postmarked after May 7, a $15 fee will be added to your entry fee. If your check is not received by May 18, PACE reserves the right to drop your team from the tournament.

NSC entry fees primarily go towards writers and editors of the NSC question set, travel and lodging for NSC staffers, organization operating costs, and maintenance costs for this website and the hsquizbowl.org forums. For more details, please see this post.